Sub-Saharan Humanist Entrepreneur Fund

Hank Pellissier

11 a.m., September 22, 2019

The Brighter Brains Institute, a SF Bay nonprofit (https://Humanists.Global) has promoted humanism in Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Cameroon, and Tanzania for 5 years. It built 4 schools and 2 orphanages, but it eventually decided the best way to provide help is offering $300 startup grants to humanist entrepreneurs – mostly in Nigeria. It has delivered funds for 81 of these small projects, in both rural and small industry enterprises.

Hank Pellissier’s talk will discuss the failures of our other philanthropic methods, the hazards of our present strategy, and our future goals.

Hank Pellissier is founder/program director/CFO of the Brighter Brains Institute. This is his third presentation to Silicon Valley Humanists. He’s very happy to be coming back.

After the Forum, please join us for a lunch at 12:30pm. The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.


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Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Arthur Jackson

11 a.m., September 15, 2019

Arthur Jackson will focus this talk on Chapter 19 of his book “How to Live the Good Life: A Users Guide for Modern Humans”. Chapter 19 is entitled “Organizing for an Enlightened Community Made up of Enlightened Persons.”

His talk will focus on “Wisdom Groups.” These groups would bring together interested people to share their dreams, hopes, joys, and enthusiasms to live in and create a better world. These groups would gather together persons to discuss and learn to live lives that are based on new forms of ethics.

These new ethics would be derived from the wisdom of past times that are validated by the use of the Scientific Method, and not blind obedience to ancient texts and writings. They would also discuss current, and potential future circumstances that might require the revision of society’s, and their own, personal, collective ethical stances.

This presentation will allow plenty of time do discuss how such groups might be implemented in various communities such as the Humanist Community, and in others.

Arthur Jackson is the author of the book “How to Live the Good Life: A Users Guide for Modern Humans” (https://www.iuniverse.com/BookStore/BookDetails/793049-how-to-live-the-good-life). He is also a long-time leader in the Humanist Community in Silicon
Valley, serving as is President for many terms over the last more than 40 years, and otherwise actively involved. He has long thought of how to create communities that cause all members to thrive and achieve the best of what they can be.

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Energy & the Environment

Dr. Alexander Cannara

11 a.m., September 8, 2019

Dr. Alexander Cannara will explain why energy from fire must go and what sensible replacements can be. Everyone who has lived in an urban environment has experienced smog-related bad air days. Have you ever wondered why an “intelligent” species like ours has stayed with fossil fuels long after we had the technical knowledge to move on?

The forum will start with a short video and allow time to discuss the video and have your related questions answered. After that, additional facts will be presented and more questions taken.

You can prepare ahead of time if you wish: http://tinyurl.com/y65belox

Dr. Cannara is an Electrical Engineer and educator with expertise in a wide variety of topics related to energy production, computer systems, climate/ocean change and the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of actions we need to take to restore and preserve our environment. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mathematical Methods in Educational Research and MS degrees in both EE and Statistics. He is married with three children and resides in Menlo Park, CA. His contact information is 650-400-3071 & cannara@sbcglobal.net

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Move to Amend

Keyan Bliss

11 a.m., August 25, 2019

Join Move to Amend’s Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator Keyan Bliss for an inspiring call-to-action and discussion on the nationwide movement to amend to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate constitutional rights as a step toward creating authentic democracy that prioritizes life and the planet over property and profit…for the very first time!

➔ Learn the history and current examples of the relationship between many forms of oppression, the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court decisions empowering corporations over humanity — and what it will take to build a diverse democracy movement that results in justice, peace, sustainability and self-determination of all people, communities and the planet.

➔ Discover why challenging corporate constitutional rights is directly connected to reforming campaign finance laws, access to safe food, providing affordable health care, strengthening worker rights, transforming our criminal justice system, protecting the environment, and so much more…

➔ Learn about the “We the People” Amendment and what you can do about it!

Keyan Bliss is the Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator for the Move to Amend Coalition. Inspired to join Move to Amend by his brother’s participation within the Occupy movement and student power movement, Keyan first joined Move to Amend in 2013 as an intern. Since joining, he has served as executive producer of Move to Amend’s online radio program Move to Amend Reports, served on Move to Amend’s National Board of Directors before joining the full-time staff, and currently helps to produce their monthly live-streaming program the Move to Amend Live Report. When he’s not providing support for Move to Amend affiliate leaders, he is actively involved in fighting for racial justice and equity within his local community.

Keyan is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in political science. Keyan views the goal of ending corporate constitutional rights and money as protected speech to be a crucial first step towards leveling the playing field for all justice movements and creating lasting systemic change within US society. Once the “We the People” Amendment is adopted into the Constitution, he hopes to continue constitutional revisions to include a new bill of rights to expand the protection of civil liberties to all human beings without distinction.

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How Do We Know What We Know: Math and Computation

Ron Garret

11 a.m., August 18, 2019

Note: This Forum was originally scheduled for July 14th, but has been rescheduled to this date (August 18th).

This is another in a series of talks on the history of science and how we came to our present understanding of how our world works. This installment focuses on math and computation.

Ron Garret is a software engineer by trade. He is currently working on easy-to-use-cryptography software. He was a co-founder and CTO of Virgin Charter, and an early hire at Google. He was previously a rocket scientist. He also made a feature-length documentary about homelessness (www.graceofgodmovie.com). His blog can be found at blog.rongarret.info.

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