Image - Sarah Stein Greenberg and Laura Holson

Past Event

Sarah Stein Greenberg and Laura Holson: Creative Acts for Curious People

The great creatives throughout history have been those who can ignite their own fire of innovation and ambition, but what is the flint that brings these sparks of creativity to life? And in a time of great uncertainty, why does creativity matter more than ever? As executive director of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (commonly referred to as the, Sarah Stein Greenberg is an accomplice to dazzling ingenuity. In her debut book, Creative Acts for Curious People, Stein Greenberg taps into her close ties with bold thinkers and confident doers, providing readers with the ultimate mechanisms to get creative juices flowing. Straight from the cognitive toolkits of Google’s chief evangelist or renowned choreographers, Stein Greenberg lays out practices for mindful observation, intuitive connecting and much much more. The more than 80 exercises, while lighthearted, require a thoughtfulness and intentionality meant to give readers their very own eureka moment.

At INFORUM, Sarah Stein Greenberg will piece together the puzzle that is design. She shares not only tools but anecdotes and personal experiences in which she illustrates the roadmap that shows how to revitalize curiosity and in turn putting that curiosity into action. This conversation will be moderated by Laura Holson of The New York Times.


This is a free-for-members program. Members: Click on the "Buy Tickets" button above to order your tickets, and select the members link on the left side of the page. Your username is the email you used to sign up as a member. You can also request a password reset if needed. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

Attendees: Please bring proof of vaccination.

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. 

Safety Protocols:
• In-person capacity is limited.
• Masks are required inside the building.
• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff and volunteers must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
• Elevators are limited to a maximum of four (4) people at a time.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

Greenberg photo by Andria Lo.

Copies of Creative Acts for Curious People are available for purchase during check-out (for shipment to domestic U.S. addresses only).

October 6, 2021

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcader
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Sarah Stein Greenberg

Sarah Stein Greenberg

Executive Director, Stanford; Author, Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Way

Image - Laura Holson

Laura Holson

Writer, The New York Times


5–6 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)