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The Commonwealth Club of California is the largest and oldest public affairs forum in the U.S. For over 90 years, the Club has been presenting address by individuals actively concerned with the day-to-day decisions that can affect lives and livelihoods across the nation and around the world. Recent speakers have included Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala; Former Secetary of State Henry Kissinger; 1992 Presidential Candidate Ross Perot; Feminist Author Susan Faludi; and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates. The Club's non-partisan policy strives to bring a balanced viewpoint on all issues in its commitment to "getting the facts."
Friday, November 22, 2013 3:31pm
Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary of Labor
Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on November 21, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:14pm
Gary Kamiya, Author, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco; Co-founder, Salon.com; Columnist, "Portals of the Past, SF Chronicle
In conversation with Mark Hertsgaard, Independent Journalist and Author
Learn the hidden history of San Francisco with Cool Gray City of Love, a new, kaleidoscopic love letter to San Francisco by Kamiya. Each of the 49 chapters explores a different location in the city, from the seamy depths of the Tenderloin to the towering cliffs at Lands End. From the city's absurd beginnings as a distant and moth-eaten colonial outpost to its instantaneous fame during the Gold Rush; from its apocalyptic destruction by earthquake and fire to its perennial embrace of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, the City by the Bay has always followed a trajectory as wildly independent as the untrammeled natural forces that created it. Kamiya's columns about San Francisco history, "Portals of the Past," appear every Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a Bay Area native.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on October 2, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013 3:16pm
Peter Baker, Senior White House Correspondent, The New York Times; Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine; Author, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House
Joel Brinkley, Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence, Stanford University; Former Editor and Reporter, The New York Times - Moderator
Baker’s new book Days of Fire narrates two profoundly significant and conflicted presidential terms of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney marked by 9/11, Iraq, Katrina, jihad, nuclear proliferation, genocide, and economic collapse. Baker researched the book for five years and conducted interviews with more than 200 players – White House aides, cabinet secretaries, generals, senators and congressmen, relatives and friends of both men – to help reveal the truth of Bush and Cheney’s complicated and shifting relationship.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on November 5, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:34pm
David Kelley, Founder, IDEO; Co-author, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Tom Kelley, Partner, IDEO; Co-author, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
In conversation with Robert Sutton, Professor, Stanford University; Author, Scaling Up Excellence
Creativity pioneers David and Tom Kelley have defined the very landscape of design-thinking with their founding of IDEO and the Stanford d.school, and with their iconic innovations in product, company culture and design education. Under the Kelley brothers' leadership, IDEO churned out several illustrious products of the digital generation — from the first mouse for Apple to the thumbs up/thumbs down Tivo button. They championed the avant garde approach of using design to tackle sticky problems and translated those techniques to academia. Now they've chronicled their design-thinking backgrounds into a compelling narrative, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, outlining principles and strategies to unlock the design-fertile right brain in each of us.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on October 29, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013 3:27pm
Attorney; Author, Who Gets What: Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval
Prominent alternative-dispute mediator and attorney Feinberg has negotiated settlements in some of the most challenging and emotional crises of our times. Dubbed "The Pay Czar" for his hands-on administrative work in the federal bailout assistance program TARP, Feinberg has taken on similar tasks for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund and the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster victim compensation fund. He most recently worked out settlements for the Boston Marathon victims.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on October 22, 2013