The Forum is a public discussion group in the round. All are welcome.

The topics are chosen about a month in advance by the attendees and are listed on this page.

A moderator will first provide background information. Group members provide additional perspectives, opinions, extensions, tangents, counter positions, and related experiences in turn. Audio enhancement provided.

This Forum has been running for over a half-century.

  • Date: Every Sunday
  • Time: 9-10:15 am
  • Location: Usually the Fireside Room, however, Forum will be meeting via online video conference during the pandemic.
    • Video conference details will be distributed via the email group. If you aren’t already in that group (or if you aren’t sure), please request to join by 9 pm Saturday evening for the next day’s meeting info
    • Request to join by sending an email to
  • Facilitator: Bob Greene or Susan Owicki
  • Contact: Bob Greene and Susan Owicki (

Forum Discussion Guidelines

Upcoming Events in Forum

  • 06/07/2020Forum – What Does the Right Have Right? ,

    Discussion Leader: Bob Greene

  • 06/14/2020Forum – What Does the Left Have Left?,

    Discussion Leader: Sarah Doxiadis

  • 06/21/2020Forum – Can Humanity Fundamentally Change?,

    Discussion Leader: Rob Reuther

  • 06/28/2020Forum – Selection of Forum Discussion Topics for August,

    Discussion Leaders: All

  • Forum Archive

  • 06/16/2019 – Forum – Cost of Housing in the Bay Area,

    Discussion Leader: Jerry Strom

  • 06/09/2019 – Forum – The Great Pivot – Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Meaningful Future,

    Discussion Leader: Fred Zeise

  • 06/02/2019 – Forum – What to do about Immigration,

    Discussion Leader: Dick Duda

  • 05/26/2019 – Forum – Selection of Forum Discussion Topics for July,

    Discussion Leaders: All

  • 05/19/2019 – Forum – Born on Third Base – Tackling Inequality,

    Book Review: A one percenter makes the case for tackling inequality, bringing wealth home, and committing to the common good. By Chuck Collins. 
    Discussion Leader: Valerie Yakich.

  • 05/12/2019 – Forum – Reducing Incarceration,

    Discussion Leader: John Cone

  • 05/05/2019 – Forum- Medical Systems – Pros and Cons,

    Book Review: By a former director of NIH, who gives his views on the benefits and problems of the American Medical System compared with systems in similar countries.
    Discussion Leader: Warren Schmidt.

  • 04/28/2019 – Forum – Selection of Forum Discussion Topics for June,

    Discussion Leaders: All

  • 04/21/2019 – Forum – The Fundamentals of Making Good Decisions,

    Decision Quality is enhanced by carrying out six studies prior to making a decision. Helpful Frame, Clear Values, Useful Information, Creative Alternatives, Sound Reasoning, and Commitment to Action.  Lessons from the Decision Education Foundation.
    Discussion Leader: Ron Davis

  • 04/14/2019 – Forum – The Influence of Technology in Our Lives,

    We’ll discuss the types of technologies we use; the associated benefits and costs; and ways to moderate the influence of technology.
    Discussion Leader: Sarah Doxiadis

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