Cybersalon - Events

August 18, 2009 7.30pm: A Really Inconvenient Truth

Dan Miller -- managing director of The Roda Group, which was a primary investor in way back when -- will speak about "A Really Inconvenient Truth: Why Climate Change Is Much Worse Than You've Been Told and What We Must Do Now." Coming from the perspective of an engineer, Miller's interest in climate change began in the mid 90's when he read that Svant Arrhenius, a Swedish chemist and Nobel Laureate, had predicted in the 1880's that the earth would warm because of mankind's release of carbon dioxide. After explaining why climate change is a bigger problem than we think, Miller will talk about the opportunities -- including green technologies -- that can be created and deployed to address what looks like a quick end to the world as we know it.

July 29, 2009 7.30 pm: Scott Rosenberg, How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters

Scott Rosenberg, cofounder of Salon, will be presenting tidbits from his new book, "Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters." Rosenberg's book focuses on the people who propelled blogging into the mainstream and the impact it's since had on the way we communicate. It's a brilliant, entertaining read and you'll learn things you never knew (or perhaps wish you didn't know). History is dirty, but Rosenberg handles his subjects with objectivity throughout.

March 8, 2009 from 4-6 pm: The iPhone Lovefest

An open demonstration of new apps for the iPhone moderated by Steven Levy, senior writer for Wired and author of The Perfect Thing, Hackers and more. Michael Tchong, founder of Iconocast and MacWeek (now deceased), will be making comments, and the first 60 attendees will receive digital keypads enabling them to rate the apps in real time. All developers are welcome, and everyone gets 2 minutes to do a demo or either their own app or their favorite app. Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. $15 at the door; $10 for club members, students, and the unintentionally unemployed. The event will be videotaped for

April 27, 2008 from 4-6 pm: Living in a Post-Fact Society staff writer Farhad Manjoo talks about his new book, "True Enough: Learning To Live in a Post-Fact Society," which contends the Internet promotes belief over fact.


Perhaps countering this view is Mike Godwin, formerly counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and now general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, and Zo (Connie) Spencer, brilliant, witty, and fearless blogger – -- on all things political, personal, and involving high-tech.


As usual, everyone is invited to participate in the discussion.

January 20, 2008 from 4-6 pm: Digital Divinity: Extending Religious and Spiritual Networks Online

With Gary Gach, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism and on the advisory board of the Buddhist Channel; Kaliya Hamlin, Internet consultant specializing in identity and spiritual networks; and Steven Vedro, author of Digital Dharma: A Users Guide to Expanding Consciousness in the Age of the Infosphere.

September 23, 2007: Politics 101 Meets Web 2.0: Democracy or Demagoguery?

An open mike discussion for digital and analog political activists. Political candidates of all stripes now have web sites, participate in social networks, and can respond to folks via YouTube. So are we closer to democracy? Join some well known netroots founders who will be participating.

June 24, 2007: Making Medicine Online

Moderator: Enoch Choi, M.D., Content Manager,

Roni Zeiger, M.D., Program Manager, Google Health

Bonnie Becker, Director, Pharmaceutical Category, Yahoo!

Karen Herzog, Patient and founder, Sophia's Garden Foundation

Amy Tenderich, diabetes patient and blogger, DiabetesMine

Sponsor: John De Souza, CEO,

May 20, 2007: New Media Wars: Amateur versus Auteur

Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur, discusses the democratization of media with Dan Gillmor, author of "We the Media".

April 22, 2007: Savvy Solutions to Global Warming

Felix Kramer, founder, CalCars.

David Hammond, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley and green chemistry consultant, Biomimicry Institute

Eli Noyes and Jane White, Project 3650

Moderator: Raines Cohen, climate project trainee and cohousing coach

Sponsor: Betsy Thagard, owner, Green Planet Real Estate

March 25, 2007: Life After TV

Andrew Keen, founder,, and author, “Cult of the Amateur.”

Mary Hodder, founder and CEO, Dabble, a video search engine

Evan Berg, senior director, Brightcove, a video distribution site

Joe Savage, president, Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a marketing organization for promoting broadband to the home

March 4, 2007: Every Engineer’s Nightmare: Dreaming in Code

Scott Rosenberg, cofounder of

Jaron Lanier, computer scientist and pioneer in virtual reality.

Eric Allman, pioneer of email, founder of Sendmail.

Chad Dickerson, manager of Yahoo Development Group,

Lisa Dusseault, Fellow, Commercenet; standards architect, OSAF

January 21, 2007: Games People Play.

Nicole Lazzaro, Xeo Design, game designer.

Barrett Fox, Brainstorm Project, brain stimulation game.

Chris Allen, founder of Skotos games.

Ty Carriere, Games Course Professor, Expression College of Design.