Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Mon 4/3

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What Does It Mean to Be Muslim?

Date: Mon, April 03, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Being Muslim in America

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door
Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, Islamic Networks Group
Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School
Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County—Moderator

What does it mean to be a Muslim? Join us for this special community forum to learn more about misconceptions as well as Islam as a religion and an identity in modern American and abroad.

Co-presented by the office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

Tue 4/4

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Jane Mayer: Behind Dark Money

Date: Tue, April 04, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
An examination of conservative political financial power

Jane Mayer, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right; Twitter

Who are the people bankrolling our political system?

Mayer takes us behind the scenes and exposes the powerful group of individuals who are shaping our country. She traces the billions of dollars spent by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys and uncovers their influences on policies related to climate change, the economy and more.

Mayer also discusses the results of the 2016 election and what the future might entail if these elite billionaires continue to drive decisions at the state and federal levels.

Thu 4/13

Tracking Silicon Valley's Ups and Downs

Date: Thu, April 13, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM
How Silicon Valley is faring

Russ Hancock, President and CEO, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Since 1995, Joint Venture Silicon Valley has released its annual Silicon Valley Index, a report that has tracked Silicon Valley's ups and downs during booms and busts. At the beginning of a new year, what trends are emerging and what social and economic challenges are most critical to tackle? Come hear about how Silicon Valley's economy is faring amidst another economic boom.

Wed 4/26

The Giving Code

Date: Wed, April 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Giving culture amongst Silicon Valley philanthropists

Peter Fortenbaugh, CEO, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula
Carol Larson, President and CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Daniel Lurie, CEO, Tipping Point
Heather McLeod Grant, Co-founder, Open Impact; Co-author, The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Tess Reynolds, CEO, New Door Ventures
Kerry Dolan, Assistant Managing Editor, Forbes—Moderator

Why are Silicon Valley's nonprofits struggling to meet demand in one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated regions in the world? In addition to national or global causes, why aren’t more Silicon Valley philanthropists directing their dollars toward local organizations and issues? And why hasn’t more entrepreneurial ingenuity been harnessed to solve local problems? 

A new report, The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy by Alexa Cortés Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant, found that despite a nearly $5 billion boom in philanthropy in Silicon Valley—driven by a 150 percent increase in individual giving from 2008 to 2013—the region's nonprofits are struggling to keep up with growing demand for their services, having less than three months’ cash on hand.

The report reveals a shocking prosperity paradox in Silicon Valley with skyrocketing wealth found alongside growing displacement of vulnerable populations and declining quality of life. Even as Silicon Valley boasts more than 76,000 millionaires and billionaires, its middle class is shrinking—nearly 30 percent of residents (roughly 800,000 people) rely on some form of public or private assistance to get by.

Our panel, comprised of prominent philanthropists and local nonprofit leaders, will take a deeper look into Silicon Valley’s giving culture.

Mon 5/1

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John Mackey: Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market

Date: Mon, May 01, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Healthy eating for a disease-free life

John Mackey, Co-founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market; Co-author, The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity

This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Mackey makes the case for why a whole food, plant-based diet is optimum for a long, healthy, disease-free life. As one of the leaders of this plant-based movement, Mackey shares his vision and discusses the science behind changing the way we eat. He will also address food, politics and health as well as the ethical and environmental impact of our dietary habits.

Mon 5/8

Nosrat and MacNaughton

Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Date: Mon, May 08, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Learn how to cook using salt, fat, acid and heat

Samin Nosrat, Chef; Author, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking; Twitter 
Wendy MacNaughton, Columnist, The California Sunday Magazine; Illustrator, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking; Twitter
Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset Magazine—Moderator

This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. 

Samin Nosrat has taught everyone how to cook—professional chefs, children and even Michael Pollan—by mastering just four important elements: salt, fat, acid and heat. In this program, Nosrat will share her kitchen philosophy of making meals delicious by enhancing, balancing and adding texture and flavor. Hear the hows and whys of what good cooking can be.

Nosrat trained under Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and has been called “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered. MacNaughton is a renowned illustrator and contributed 150 images and infographics to the book.

Tue 5/9

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San Jose's Innovation Road Map

Date: Tue, May 09, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM
San Jose's vision for the future

Kip Harkness, Deputy City Manager, San Jose Office of Civic Innovation

San Jose is taking its “capital of Silicon Valley” title seriously. The city is already implementing the ambitious Smart City Vision, a plan that uses data and tech to promote safety, inclusivity and sustainability—but it’s just one of many projects in the extensive plan that will reinforce the city’s reputation as a global leader in civic technology. Join us to hear how San Jose plans to use innovation to chart a road map for its future.

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Fear of a Faith: Sharia, Surveillance, Terrorism and the Muslim Ban

Date: Tue, May 09, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
The realities of the Islam faith

Ameena Jandali, Founding Member, Islamic Networks Group
Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School
Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County—Moderator

What’s real and what’s not? Join us for this special community forum to learn more about the policies, politics and current events that affect the United States and our overall understanding of Muslims and the Islam religion.

Co-presented by the office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

Mon 5/22

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Women and Islam

Date: Mon, May 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Understanding women and Islam

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door
Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, Islamic Networks Group
Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County—Moderator
Additional Panelists TBA

What does it mean to be a Muslim woman? Join us for this special community forum to learn how Islam intersects with gender in today’s world.

Co-presented by the office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian