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February 14 2012

22:31

Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel - Authors of "Lunatics"

Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel - Authors of "Lunatics"
Beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Barry and quirky Thurber Prize-winning writer and "SNL" alum Zweibel take you on a literary journey of inspiration and mayhem. In a world filled with unbelievable jerks and morons, the two main characters of their new book Lunatics are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese. Experience the world through the eyes and words of bestselling humorist Barry and five-time Emmy Award winner, renowned "SNL" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" writer Zweibel a sure way to tickle your funny bone!
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:34:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, SF Club Office, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2012/01/19/Dave_Barry_and_Alan_Zweibel_-_Authors_of_Lunatics

January 20 2012

22:51

Christina Romer & Michael Boskin: Economic Forecast

Christina Romer & Michael Boskin: Economic Forecast
As our struggling economy and nation limp into a critical election year, dont miss this chance to hear a lively discussion with two former top presidential economic advisors on where the U.S. and global economies are headed in 2012 and what should be done to put them on track. From January 2009 until September 2010, Romer served as chair of President Obamas Council of Economic Advisers. She is a specialist in economic history and macroeconomics and is best known for her work on the causes of and the recovery from the Great Depression, and on the impact of monetary and fiscal policy. Boskin is the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford; he is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Fairmont Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2012/01/20/Christina_Romer__Michael_Boskin_Economic_Forecast
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December 15 2011

03:24

Walter Isaacson Talks Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson Talks Steve Jobs
Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was a visionary and an inspiration to both tech geeks and luddites worldwide. His products fused technology and design in unprecedented ways. But much of the fiercely private businessmans life was obfuscated by rumor and legend, and a full picture of the man and his astounding legacy has not emerged. Drawing on more than 40 interviews with Jobs himself, critically acclaimed and bestselling Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein biographer Isaacson presents a remarkable new account of Jobs himself. After two years of research, speaking with family members, friends, competitors and colleagues, Isaacson has compiled the story and life of one of the most influential people of the modern era.
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/12/14/Walter_Isaacson_Talks_Steve_Jobs

June 27 2011

23:40

Senator John Kerry

Senator John Kerry
Under Senator Kerry's leadership, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee addresses the key foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, nuclear nonproliferation and global climate change. As nations across the Middle East face unprecedented political upheaval, Kerry will discuss current affairs in that region as well as a variety of domestic issues.

A U.S. senator for nearly three decades and a former Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Kerry has distinguished himself as one of today's most highly respected and influential leaders. Kerry has been a leading voice on a wide array of issues -- from expanding health care to supporting small business -- but his most notable work has been in regard to international affairs and national security. Kerry now chairs the very committee he notably testified before in 1971.
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/01/Senator_John_Kerry

June 11 2011

00:28

Inside Job: Charles Ferguson

Inside Job: Charles Ferguson
Charles Ferguson, Documentary Filmmaker, "Inside Job" and "No End in Sight"

Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune magazine - Moderator

Could the global economic meltdown of the last few years have been prevented? Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ferguson believes that the crisis was no accident. His latest documentary, "Inside Job," makes the powerful case that an out-of-control finance industry took advantage of a deregulated atmosphere and purposely sought to get rich at the expense of others.

Through extensive interviews with financial insiders and government officials, Ferguson crossed the globe to find proof that the financial industry intentionally engaged in unethical behavior. His gripping account of the global recession is sure to evoke feelings of disgust, anger, and concern that this all may happen again unless our regulatory system is changed.

Ferguson's previous film, "No End in Sight," was nominated for an Oscar. "Inside Job" is already being touted as an early favorite to win this year's award for Best Documentary (Feature).
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/02/Inside_Job_Charles_Ferguson

June 10 2011

22:19

Susan Jacoby: Never Say Die

Susan Jacoby: Never Say Die
Susan Jacoby is the author of The Age of American Unreason, Alger Hiss and the Battle for History and Never Say Die. Jacoby unmasks the fallacies promoted by what she calls 21st century hucksters of longevity -- businessmen predicting that 90 may soon become the new 50 and that a "cure" for the "disease" of aging is just around the corner, and wishful thinkers asserting that older means wiser. Today, as the oldest boomers turn 65, it is imperative, says Jacoby, to distinguish between marketing hype and realistic hope about what lies ahead for the more than 70 million Americans who will be beyond the traditional retirement age by 2030.
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/24/Susan_Jacoby_Never_Say_Die

June 03 2011

01:01

Steven Levy: Inside Google

Steven Levy: Inside Google
Inside Google: The Myths, the Culture and the Secret Sauce

Steven Levy is a Senior Writer for Wired and Formerly Senior Editor and Chief Technology Writer for Newsweek. Levy is the author of the 2011 book, In the Plex.

Is it the five-star chefs, free laundry and on-site masseuses that are the secret to Google's success? Perhaps its unique management style and innovative team? Either way, the revolutionary search engine has so deeply impacted our work and culture that we have turned the company name into a verb.

Despite being one of the most successful and celebrated companies in history, Google maintains an air of mystery, and cultural myths abound. How has Google stayed innovative and cutting edge while making the transition to tech giant? What exactly happens inside the elusive Google campus? Levy took a deep dive into Google management, its products and its company culture. Join us as he shares untold stories and unpacks the mythology behind Google.
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:30:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/19/Steven_Levy_Inside_Google

April 27 2011

00:12

Guy Kawasaki: Enchantment Marketing

Guy Kawasaki: Enchantment Marketing
Marketing these days is strategic and holistic and involves a whole lot of genuine social media engagement. Renowned venture capitalist Kawasaki is famous for helping to create Apple product evangelism and for his legendary marketing methods. He explains how to develop the highest level of relations with customers, employees and colleagues by affecting their hearts, minds and actions.
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/24/Guy_Kawasaki_Enchantment_Marketing

April 06 2011

14:57

Social Entrepreneur Series: Matt Bannick

Social Entrepreneur Series: Matt Bannick
Matt Bannick
Managing Partner, Omidyar Network

The Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm which helps to scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic, social, and political change. It funds both non-profit and profitable ventures, as well as several hybrids.

"Imagine what's possible if entrepreneurship flourishes worldwide. Omidyar Network aims to create opportunity for entrepreneurs to succeed. When they do, so do their families and communities. People living in poverty are often ignored by mainstream businesses. We will prioritize our support for entrepreneurs providing services and products that can improve quality of life for those most in need."
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/05/Social_Entrepreneur_Series_Matt_Bannick

April 05 2011

00:00

Jane McGonigal: How Games Can Make a Better World

Jane McGonigal: How Games Can Make a Better World
Can problems like poverty and climate change by fixed through games? Visionary game designer Jane McGonigal thinks it can. With more than 174 million gamers in the United States, McGonigal explores how we can save the world through the power of gaming. McGonigal is helping pioneer the fasting-growing genre of games that turns gameplay to achieve socially positive outcomes.
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Santa Clara, CA, Santa Clara University Library, St. Clare Room, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/24/Jane_McGonigal_How_Games_Can_Make_a_Better_World

March 30 2011

05:14

Social Entrepreneur Series: Kriss Dieglmeier

Social Entrepreneur Series: Kriss Dieglmeier
Kriss Dieglmeier
Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford University

Are social innovation and entrepreneurship truly new fields and worthy of academic research and understanding? Stanford University believes so and has appointed Kriss Deiglmeier to create the Center and its associated programs. Kriss, a social innovator herself, understands the field as a practitioner as well as academic. Her views place the field in the larger context of philanthropy and non-profit management.

For more information, visit: http://csi.gsb.stanford.edu/about-csi
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/29/Social_Entrepreneur_Series_Kriss_Dieglmeier

March 09 2011

06:58

Social Entrepreneur Series: Louise Burnham Packard

Social Entrepreneur Series: Louise Burnham Packard
Louise Burnham Packard is Executive Director of the Trinity Boston Foundation. The Trinity Boston Foundation is a part of the Trinity Episcopal Church and is the first foundation of its kind within the Episcopal community. Initially formed as outreach ministries of Trinity Church, it has become the Trinity Boston Foundation which works with other faith-based organizations in the Boston areas to reach out to at risk youth and struggling populations in low income areas.

Louise's work showcases how innovation can take place within faith-based organizations with extraordinary results. More Americans participate in church-related philanthropy than any other kind of giving.

For more information, visit: http://www.trinityinspires.org/
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/08/Social_Entrepreneur_Series_Louise_Burnham_Packard

March 03 2011

00:54

Dambisa Moyo: How the West Was Lost

Dambisa Moyo: How the West Was Lost
Dambisa Moyo daringly claims that the West can no longer afford to simply regard global up-and-comers as menacing gatecrashers. In a world where Western economies hover on the brink of recession while emerging economies post double-digit growth rates, Moyo calls out the economic myopia of the West and the radical solutions that it needs to adopt to salvage its global economic power.

A former consultant for the World Bank and former emerging markets investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Moyo was named by Time Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World," and was nominated to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Forum.
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/17/Dambisa_Moyo_How_the_West_Was_Lost

February 24 2011

04:27

Jed Emerson: The Blended Value Proposition

Jed Emerson: The Blended Value Proposition
Jed Emerson is a social entrepreneur, a funder and investor and a critical observer of the field. His area of exploration is the Blended Value Proposition, focusing on advancing frameworks for assessing and tracking the value generated by social and cultural capital.

"The thing that is striking is what we are really witnessing, I think, is the coming together of different schools," says Emerson. "You got folks who are historically in the non-profit sector who are increasingly taking business acumens, skills, and frameworks and applying them toward community ends."

For more information, visit: http://www.blendedvalue.org/
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/23/Jed_Emerson_The_Blended_Value_Proposition

February 12 2011

01:52
01:27

SF Giants: Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean

SF Giants: Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean
Now that they're the World Series champions, how can the San Francisco Giants stay on top and orchestrate a repeat performance in 2011? Come meet the people who strategized the Giants' World Series triumph and hear what's in store this season. Giants Manager Bochy and General Manager Sabean will take you behind the scenes and down into the dugout to give the lowdown on who's in, who's out, and what strategies will keep the Giants at the peak of their game.
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/03/SF_Giants_Bruce_Bochy_and_Brian_SabeanBrian_

February 11 2011

00:14

Josh Silver: The Future of Journalism and Internet Access

Josh Silver: The Future of Journalism and Internet Access
Josh Silver is CEO of Free Press and a blogger for The Huffington Post. The future of journalism and the Internet are both in jeopardy, says the CEO of the leading national organization working on media and technology policy in the public interest.

Silver addresses the three major fronts in the battle -- Internet policy, journalism policy, and public media policy -- and reveals how we can help solve this crisis at an individual level.
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/31/Josh_Silver_Future_of_Journalism_and_Internet_Access

February 09 2011

23:38

January 21 2011

22:49

William Davidow: Dire Consequences of Overconnectedness

William Davidow: Dire Consequences of Overconnectedness
Davidow explains how the success of the Internet has also created a set of hazards, in effect overconnecting us, with the direst of consequences. Davidow explains everything from the recent subprime mortgage crisis to the financial meltdown of Iceland, asserting that much of it can be traced to the fact that we were so miraculously wired together.
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/18/William_Davidow_Dire_Consequences_of_Overconnectedness

January 14 2011

19:41

David Brooks: Politics and Culture

David Brooks: Politics and Culture
New York Times op-ed columnist and American political and cultural commentator Brooks offers a fresh perspective on politics and culture in the age of President Obama. Is the country moving further to the left, right or center? What is the future of the tea party movement?

As author of a twice-weekly column for The New York Times, Brooks has written extensively on regional and intergenerational differences in America, America as a consumerist society, the benefits of a free-market economy, and foreign policy.

Brooks regularly appears on PBS' "NewsHour" and on NPR's "All Things Considered." A prolific writer and editor with a long career in journalism, he has also served as contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, senior editor of The Weekly Standard, and editor for The Wall Street Journal. Brooks is the author of three books, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/11/David_Brooks_Politics_and_Culture
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