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Contact Information

Address: The Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley 111 North Market Street 6th Floor San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 351-3478
Fax: (408) 351-3480
Contact: Trish Newfarmer
Position: Director
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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, bringing together its 16,000 members for over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.

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Assets: $999,999 (Year), $888,888 (PriorYear)
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Founding Year: 1997

The Commonwealth Club of California was founded in 1903 by San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Edward F. Adams The Club soon became established as an integral part of San Francisco and a major influence throughout California. As early as 1979, the Club offered programs in the South Bay, but these program offerings expanded significantly in 1997 when the World Forum of Silicon Valley merged with The Commonwealth Club. The Commonwealth Club/Silicon Valley is now actively engaged in developing programs that address issues pertinent to the vibrant, maturing Silicon Valley community.

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Calendar of Events

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2006 August 30

Patt and Steve Saso. Secrets To Parenting Teenagers Like Humans. Parents are often bewildered by a sudden transition from child-rearing bliss to constant conflict with their teen monster. But surprisingly, parents initiate 80 percent of conflicts with kids, the Sasos report. With humor and real-life anecdotes in hand, they share some of the secrets in redefining the parent-teen relationship and modeling a relationship of mutual respect, love and understanding.

2006 September 14

Gary Hart. With the November elections approaching and the Democrats looking to take back Congress, former Senator Gary Hart leads an impassioned call to arms, exhorting liberals to return to the principles of earlier leaders. From FDR's commitment to a national community to JFK's belief in the importance of civic duty, Hart urges politicians to embrace a true moral vision at home and abroad.

2006 September 18

Digital Health. How can new technologies empower consumers to take more control of their health care? What role will digital technology play as the health care industry strives to reduce administrative and medical costs while improving patient care? Our panel of experts will tackle some of these questions and will share ways technology is already playing a positive role in the health care field today.

2006 September 26

John Wood. Changing The World, One Child At A Time. A country's scramble to meet its children's education needs can be as intense as any struggle up the corporate ladder. Woods has stepped in to help. Inspired by a trip to Nepal, Wood founded Room to Read, a nonprofit that has donated over 1 million books to Asia. He will be in conversation with Sequoia Capital's Don Valentine.

2006 October 3

Louann Brizendine. Inside The Female Brain. Why do women think differently than men? Brizendine has pondered this age-old question by undertaking unique brain-body research. Hear the founder of the country's first clinic devoted to studying women's brains reveal the scientific reasoning behind the observation that women think, communicate and love differently.

2006 October 5

Daniel Goleman. Does sending 30 text messages a day constitute a deep friendship? In a world of increasingly digitized interactions, we strive to nourish lasting personal relationships and struggle to raise happy, well-rounded children. Following up on the success of Emotional Intelligence, Goleman takes a groundbreaking approach to the world of social neuroscience.

2006 October 12

Haynes Johnson. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Johnson reveals the parallels between the sinister crusade of Joseph McCarthy and the current administration's relentless war on terror. We have fallen into an age of misinformation, says Johnson. We must make sure that fear does not conquer reason and ensure that we avoid the mistakes that our country made 50 years ago.

2006 October 23

Carlos And Deborah Santana. Deborah and Carlos Santana have touched millions worldwide through their music and social activism. Deborah's writing is her passion and most powerful means of expression. Carlos has reshaped musical culture for close to four decades. His bands have performed for over 100 million people, including a memorable performance at Woodstock in 1969. The Santanas' spiritual journey and humanitarian efforts led them to create the Milagro Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping underprivileged and underrepresented children and youth in the areas of health, education and the arts. Since the foundation's inception in 1998, over $2 million in grants has been distributed to agencies and programs worldwide. The Santanas will discuss what they see as the greatest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century. Following the program, they will be presented with Club Medallions.

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