Past Events

March 10, 2020, 7 p.m. - March 10, 2020, 9 p.m.

This is a support circle for people practicing or wishing to practice RA. Living out anarchist principles in a world full of rules, coercion and privatization is tough, and relationship anarchists face different sets of struggles and issues. This is a place for us to support each other, share our stories and learnings and provide mutual aid.

Anarchism is the rejection of the idea that others should govern us. Specifically that there is a ruling state that controls and governs it’s citizens. As Noam Chomsky puts it:

“That is what I have always understood to be the essence of ...

Jan. 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - Jan. 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

After an introduction to define terms, we'll dive into a conversational salon exploring these questions:
- What institutional forces shape our interests, desires, and concepts of progress?
- What are the implications for society and for our collective human intelligence?
- In what ways can we experiment in crafting counterpersuasive mechanisms and narratives for cognitive liberty and sovereignty of mind?

Anika runs the Long Mind - a residency program starting in Fall 2020. The residency convenes philosophers, artists and engineers to collaborate on raising the concept of cognitive liberty in public discourse; developing a cultural norm of valuing freedom ...

Dec. 10, 2019, 7 p.m. - Dec. 10, 2019, 9 p.m.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is a hot topic in the media. The peninsula is changing rapidly, but how is that reflected in life on the ground? What is it like to live in Pyongyang? Are the externally reported societal changes in terms of entrepreneurship and technology also visible in everyday life? This talk will describe modern urban life in Pyongyang, and the recent forces driving change.

The talk will particularly focus on observations around the state of entrepreneurship and technology. What are the future elites attitudes towards entrepreneurship in an officially communist country? What small signal ...

Dec. 5, 2019, 7 p.m. - Dec. 5, 2019, 9 p.m.

Why and how do people get involved with participatory culture communities such as Burning Man? What does this involvement bring into one's life and what does it not bring? What might the future look like for the people who were involved in some of the projects and regional events?

The questions of the 45-minute presentation will be shortly illustrated by the latest research results from Burning Stories, Burning Progeny and few other research projects. The practical examples are drawn both from Burning Man (US) and the Nordic Burning Man community Borderland.

The second half of the event (60min) will be ...

Sept. 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m. - Sept. 17, 2019, 9 p.m.

Delicate Flower is the solo project of Cameron Beamer, San Diego native. In this simple singer songwriter format, Cameron keeps his audience guessing with his mixture of folky fingerpicking and acoustic punk energy. His lyrics find humor in darkness and breathe new musical energy into the age-old tales of love and loss, as told by a misfit.
We welcome him to the Embassy SF for a special small-scale house show. Please come with anything you need to listen and be moved.

Sept. 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. - Sept. 5, 2019, 9 p.m.

An AI-enabled book is our trusted companion in learning. As a digital book, it not only understands the content of the book, but it understands, what we have learned. It does so by answering our questions, and asking us questions. It is a book that comes alive when we interact with it, and has a Marauder's Map of where we are. Most of all, it is a book that we can all play with.

Dr. Vinay Chaudhri is formerly a program director of the AI lab at SRI International, and currently affiliated with Sanford University. He has devoted his career ...

Aug. 30, 2019, 8 p.m. - Aug. 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

The house is quiet during Burning Man, so we're taking the opportunity to jam all night :)

Bring an instrument, some friends, and a primal instinct to sync.

We'll (at least) have few guitars, a mandolin, a uke, a piano, and a trumpet.

June 1, 2019, 7 p.m. - June 1, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

AI-driven systems have become part of our everyday world. They are increasingly changing how we interact with each other, our access to opportunities, as well as our rights and liberties. With the little AirPod earbud in our ears we are all starting to look and act more like cyborgs and becoming more like a cyborg society driven by AI algorithms. Is that good or bad for our well-being? Beginning from the invention of fire, all technical innovations have always had the potential to be used for good and bad. Thus, powerful technologies easily become a double edged sword. On one ...

May 12, 2019, 7 p.m. - May 12, 2019, 8 p.m.

This training is aimed at preparing community members on how to respond in moments of police interaction. We will go over things like:
1. Prevention of police interaction
2. Searches / Warrants
3. Legal protection in detainment and arrest.
4. Allyship when others are interacting with police. (ie undocumented people)
5. Community level preparation.
6. Rights to film.
And other basic skills.

March 14, 2019, 7 p.m. - March 14, 2019, 9 p.m.

Science has provided us with the fact that non-human animals are sentient, meaning that they experience sensations such as pain and suffering, or pleasure and comfort. This notion is fairly new and has to overcome hundreds of years of believing and acting like animals are objects. In a world where population is constantly growing and social justice is shifting, more and more light is shed on animal rights. And a lot of problems arise, both from philosophical and practical standpoints. So where do we go from here? Why do we still differentiate our relationship with our pets from our that ...