Past Events

May 29, 2018, 7 p.m. - May 29, 2018, 9 p.m.

As we navigate the first decades of the 21st century, humanity struggles to cope with the inertia of the past, given its rapidly accelerating present. While 20th century innovations addressed many of our species’ most pressing problems–curing diseases, alleviating starvation, and connecting the world in ways previously unimaginable–their side effects also radically transformed our technological, cultural, and political landscapes in ways that feel increasingly unsustainable. The speed of change and growing complexity of our technologically augmented lives sets before us new challenges: political polarization and fragmentation, ideological bubbles across which no information flows, and a general erosion of ...

May 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m. - May 18, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

We tend to think of memes from their popular use on the internet as iterative single panel illustrations with catchy tag lines. The term meme was coined in Richard Dawkins, as an analogy with Darwinian evolution: similarly to a gene, the meme was conceived as a "unit of culture" (an idea, belief, pattern of behaviour, etc.) which is "hosted" in the minds of one or more individuals, and which can reproduce itself in the sense of jumping from the mind of one person to the mind of another.

Memetics, the study of meme theory and application, is a mix of ...

May 17, 2018, 8 p.m. - May 17, 2018, 10 p.m.

We will calculate our individual carbon footprints and identify what actions generate the most emissions in our lives. With this data in hand, we will dive into pressing questions:

-To keep global increases in temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, what emissions per capita would we need to reduce to? How does this compare with your footprint?
-Can you apply the 80/20 rule? As in, what 20% of changes would reduce your footprint by 80%?
-What narratives do we use to justify our emissions-generating activities?
-Does reducing your footprint require sacrifices to your career and leisure activities?
-How does our ...

May 15, 2018, 7 p.m. - May 15, 2018, 8 p.m.

Location: 399 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Space is extremely is limited, so please RSVP in advance using the following form:

Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. Naloxone is available free of charge every day of the week in San Francisco to drug users and those likely to witness an overdose. The Drug Overdose Prevention & Education (DOPE) Project offers a basic and comprehensive training on overdose and Naxolone training for San Francisco-based staff and service providers working with people who may be at risk of overdose. Many bartenders and ...

May 11, 2018, 5 p.m. - May 11, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Come get your health care status triaged with the Law Office of Rachel MacCratic. Bring your laptop, phone, an ID, and we'll go over your options and get you signed up.

This is a donation based event. Thank you to the Embassy Network and Rachel MacCratic for making it possible with generous contributions of $200 and $2,840 respectively. Join us in the effort to reimburse them!

If you can't pay or don't happen to have a phone or laptop, it's okay! You can come get signed up by borrowing a friendly keyboard, anyway! Write rachelatmaccraticlaw ...

May 10, 2018, 7 p.m. - May 10, 2018, 10 p.m.

We are moved to welcome Hector Black into our community for an evening of discussion about forgiveness, compassion and harms done.

In 2000, Hector's daughter Patricia was raped and murdered when their home was invaded. He forgave the killer Ivan Simpson and called on the judge not to give Simpson a death sentence. Hector is an advocate for compassionate justice and radical communities.

The Alternative Justices project is a decentralised collaborative community-based project that offers alternative systems for addressing harm in our communities. Our aims are to:
// build consent culture
// work towards heal harms ...

May 4, 2018, 7 p.m. - May 4, 2018, 9 p.m.

The Spoken Word Collective is dedicated to cultivating exquisite emotion in explosive written and spoken poetry. They frequently compete nationally at CUPSI poetry competitions, with some of their many past performances found here:

May 3, 2018, 7 p.m. - May 3, 2018, 9 p.m.

Welcome to Haight St Commons. I will try and structure this meeting a little so that people can plug in more effectively.

- Agenda -
: Introductions : 7-7.20pm
Quick intro to the group for new commers and welcoming in new houses

: Updates from working groups : 7.20pm : 8.00pm
- Goal is that the group can hear where each working group is at and new people can plug in. Would be good to know what things are blockers to action.
- 10 minutes per working group max.
- Some working groups include

1. Let's Go Big 2018
2. Team Logistics
3. Inward engagement
4 ...

May 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m. - May 1, 2018, 9 p.m.

Through practices such as cryonics and plans to build ro-botic bodies for future “consciousness transfer,” the Russian transhumanist movement has engendered competing practices of immortality as well as ontological debates over the immortal body and person. Drawing on an ethnography of these practices and plans, I explore controversies around religion and secularism within the movement as well as the conflict between transhu-manists and the Russian Orthodox Church. I argue that the core issues in debates over the role of religion via-’a-vis immortality derive from diverse assumptions being made about “the human,” which— from prerevolutionary esoteric futurist movements through the ...

April 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m. - April 17, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Please join us for our monthly storytelling evening.

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 ♥