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Future Fridays

Upcoming Speakers | Past Speakers

Chabot Space & Science Center presents
a series of community conversations
with science and futurist thought leaders

  • Tickets: $23 Members / $26 Guests
    $30 at the Door: No discounts & subject to availability

Ticket proceeds help underwrite the educational programming at Chabot.
Speaker Series tickets make great gifts for friends and teachers!

This series is proudly sponsored by Rudney Associates


2015 Season

October 16 (6 - 7:30pm)
Carleen Cullen: Warming the Bench

Climate science tells us that our climate is changing. The question is, why aren’t we? Research shows that more than half of all Americans believe in anthropogenic climate change yet energy consumption remains high and introducing sustainable solutions has been limited. Every good coach knows that the players on the bench need to be ready too-we need to warm the bench and get civil scientists into the game. In this talk, Cullen looks at commercial and behavioral science approaches, highlighting opportunities to engage the American public in their personal actions reducing energy usage, building green markets, and shifting legislative thinking.


Bio »

Carleen Cullen is founder and executive director of Cool the Earth, a non-profit organization embracing a child-led approach to engaging American families in climate action. To date, the organization has reached 200,000 kids and their families and inspired 300,000 actions to reduce the family’s carbon footprint. Carleen is the creator of Cool the Earth’s new game-for-change platform, securing a seed grant from the MacArthur Foundation and garnering a commitment from Apple to feature CTE’s new climate app for Earth Day 2015. Prior to CTE, Carleen was part of the start up team at Ovid Technologies, a leader in medical information. She helped grow the company to over 300 employees in 5 countries, take the company public and sell the business in 1998.

November 20th (6 - 7:30pm)
Peter H. Gleick: The Future of Water for California and the World

Challenges around access to safe, sufficient, and affordable freshwater are growing around the world as populations increase, economies expand, and our climate changes. Hundreds of millions of people still lack access to basic water services. Billions lack access to adequate sanitation. Violent conflicts over water allocations and control are on the rise. Freshwater ecosystems are increasingly threatened and endangered. Even for a state like California, endowed with wealth, unsurpassed intellectual resources, and – by some measures plenty of water – our fights over water are legion. With unprecedented recent droughts, new environmental threats, and ongoing political discord, it is appropriate to ask: What will the future bring? Dr. Peter Gleick, cofounder and president of the Pacific Institute, will offer insights into our water challenges and describe new, innovative solutions. He will discuss the concept of "peak water” and the soft path for water: a path toward a sustainable, equitable, and balanced water future for California and the rest of the world.

Bio »

Dr. Peter H. Gleick is an internationally recognized environmental scientist and communicator and co-founder of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. His work addresses the critical connections between water, energy, food, and health, the impacts of climate change, and international security and conflicts over water resources.

Dr. Gleick was named a MacArthur "genius” Fellow in 2003. In 2001, Gleick was dubbed a "visionary on the environment" by the BBC. In 2006 Dr. Gleick was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2008, Wired Magazine named him "one of 15 people the next President should listen to.” His work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. His influence on the field of water has been long and deep: he developed one of the earliest assessments of the impacts of climate change on water resources, defined and explored the links between water and international security, and developed a comprehensive argument in favor of basic human needs for water and the human right to water – work used by the UN and in human rights court cases.

Gleick received a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group of the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author/editor of many scientific papers and ten books, including Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water and the biennial water report, The World's Water, published by Island Press (Washington, D.C.).

Past Speakers


  • Ed Finn
    How to Build a Dream Machine
  • Steven Shepard
    From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Human Capability
  • Bill Nye
    Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


  • Will Wright
    Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
  • Tom Atchison
    Founder & Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
  • Carl Haber
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Physicist
    and MacArthur Genius Award Winner
  • Edward Moses
    Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research,
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Alexander Rose
    Executive Director of Long Now Foundation and Clock Project Manager
  • Ray Jayawardhana
    Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics


  • Jim Capobianco, Derek Thompson & Kevin O'Brien
    Pixar Animation Studios
  • Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon
  • Dr. Alex Filippenko
  • John Romero & Brenda Brathwaite Romero
    Game Designers
  • Robert Weiss
    President of Xprize & Entertainment Movie Producer


  • Brian David Johnson
    Author and FutureCaster at Intel
  • Ben Burtt
    Sound Director, Designer & Engineer for LucasFilms/Pixar
  • Bill Nye the Climate Guy
    Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, and Inventor
  • Ray Jayawardhana
    Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics


  • Dr. Michio Kaku
    Bestselling Author and Popularizer of Science
  • Mary Roach
    Columnist and Popular Science Writer and Author
  • Bill McKibben
    American Environmentalist and Writer
  • Al Worden
    Apollo 15 Astronaut