Past Events

March 29, 2018, 8 p.m. - March 29, 2018, 10 p.m.

There are few questions as important as what one should do with their life. However the very best thing always depends on the historical moment. The realities of changing society and technology determine the success or failure of individuals and communities. Because of this, beliefs about history also become in themselves predictive facts worth tracking. How can we come to accurate views that inform our efforts?

Samo Burja is a sociologist and the founder of Bismarck, a consulting firm that analyzes institutions, from governments to companies. His research work focuses on the causes of societal decay and flourishing. He writes ...

March 22, 2018, 8 p.m. - March 22, 2018, 10 p.m.

Earthquakes pose a critical threat to people and infrastructure in the San Francisco bay area and in many other parts of the world. Today, by combining advances in earthquake science with new communication capabilities, it is possible to provide warning of impending earthquakes. Warnings of a few seconds to a few minutes can be used to take cover under a sturdy table, to slow and stop trains, and to isolate hazardous machinery and chemicals at work. However, for these upcoming technologies to work well, people have to be prepared before it strikes. Earthquake preparedness is a several step process and ...

March 21, 2018, 6 p.m. - March 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Our free yoga Wednesday classes, in the basement of the Embassy.
Class is one hour. We will hold meditation for 30 minutes after class for those who want to stay.
Space is limited, so please register - and please kindly un-register at least 24hours in advance if you can't make it of the event, so that someone else can attend!

March 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - March 18, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Owen Poindexter is running for state Assembly to bring a universal basic income to California. Come meet Owen, hear about the global basic income movement and the latest developments in California, and learn what you can do to help.

March 15, 2018, 8 p.m. - March 15, 2018, 10 p.m.

How do we identify ourselves? Do we identify ourselves as who we were in the past? Or from our friends? Lihui Liang is a painter. She uses her paintings to explore fundamental questions about life, such as what is real? Who are we? What is the meaning of life? In the lecture, she will introduce her method to create our characters by imagination. We use imagination to find who we truly are, what we have been and what is authentically possible for us in the future.

Lihui Liang is an artist and the founder of CounterReality. CounterReality is an art ...

March 14, 2018, 6 p.m. - March 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Our free yoga Wednesday classes, in the basement of the Embassy.
Class is one hour. We will hold meditation for 30 minutes after class for those who want to stay.
Bring a mat, we do not have enough for everyone.
Space is limited, so please register!

March 2, 2018, 7 p.m. - March 2, 2018, 10 p.m.

This is a space to learn about and engage with members of your community in a deeper way.

If you are interested in telling a story, you can read more about the event and fill out the interest form here:

Otherwise, come prepared to listen to others tell theirs.

BYOB, free

As always, we provide free childcare. Get in touch if you'd like to use this ♥

March 1, 2018, 7 p.m. - March 1, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

6:30-7 - Mingle
7-8:30 - Screening

Written and directed by Steve Fagin
Executive Producer: Willard Morgan
Producer: Marie van Eersel
Videos, sound and light design: Nicholas Motyka
Editor and Videography: Kevin Van Witt
Production assistant: Ava Kapetanakis & Danny Ballester
Sets: Marie van Eersel, Mo Pepin, Mayra Mejia Aguilo & Shaina Yang
Performers: Anna Tempte, Jack Romano ,Juliet Garrett, Larry
Gutman,Madona Irema ,Omar Sangare and Volney Stefflre

Feb. 17, 2018, noon - Feb. 17, 2018, 3 p.m.

A workshop on the craft of true & personal storytelling. We'll work on coming up with story ideas, best practices for crafting stories, and performance.

This will be a low-pressure space to work on creating narratives out of your life and learning to share them with the world.

There will be potential to tell your story at a future Stories from the city & sea event.

Feb. 12, 2018, 8 p.m. - Feb. 12, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute in discussion with Joon Yun, MD, President of Palo Alto Investors.

In times of bitcoin frenzy, political polarization, and memetic warfare, let’s examine the source from which these phenomena emerge; our culture.

We’ll discuss the evolutionary genealogy of our cultural paradigm, how technological progress resulted in current dislocated cultural equilibria, and how we can use counterculture to create a new social contract.

Topics to be covered:
How Hamilton’s Rule got us where we are
Why Memetic Parallax is a feature, not a bug
Using Mob Mentality for good
Leveraging Linguistic Relativity to update ...