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A monthly conversation at the Applied Innovation Exchange

What’s Now: San Francisco is an event series that each month features a remarkable person helping reinvent an important field exploding in innovation in the Bay Area right now. Our speakers explain the key developments in their field that people outside the field should know about, developments which could help solve the major challenges of our time. They talk about their current work, their latest thinking, the questions they are wrestling with at the moment. This series, produced by Reinvent in partnership with Capgemini, had such a successful first year that we’re now into year two and expanding to New York.

Each month, our featured speaker addresses an invite-only crowd of innovators and intellectuals who are doing interesting work in their own right, including people our featured guest would like to engage. Some are from the field under discussion, but many come from other industries, professions and fields. Our featured guest starts the evening by laying out his or her ideas either in a presentation, or through an initial interview with the event’s host. This is followed by a deep, complex conversation with the members of the audience, who build on the ideas, challenge the concepts, or raise questions.

The entire 90-minute conversation is captured in high-quality video so that the exclusive physical gathering can be viewed by sophisticated audiences interested in the latest thinking from leading thought leaders. The best ideas to emerge are later developed into short videos and posts that can reach wider audiences through social media.

The entire series cross-connects leading innovators from diverse fields and builds a network of networks over time. A key filter for selecting the featured speakers and invited guests is whether they are interested in fundamental innovation, or what we call reinvention, and are looking for big, bold, positive ways forward to help solve the many challenges of our time. Those who attend enjoy good food, drinks and networking before the program and after, and many return as regulars.

The events are free but space in Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Exchange is limited. If you are interested in getting an invite, tell us more about yourself by emailing


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  • Scheduled: November 28, 2018 5:30 PM PST

    Practical Policy Plans for Solving Climate Change Now

    Almost two years ago environmentalist Paul Hawken used a What’s Now: San Francisco event to launch Project Drawdown that identified 100 of the best ways to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and start to reverse global warming. In our November 28th What’s Now event, energy expert Hal Harvey takes the next step by laying out the best policies that could be enacted right now to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with climate change. Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation, is one of the field’s most respected thought leaders who is known for giving practical, realistic advice about climate policy to government officials, cities, states, utilities, and energy-conscious businesses.

    Participants: Hal Harvey

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