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A Convenient Truth 

Wednesday, Jan 30 2013
When Al Gore was vice president (1993-2001), he seemed wholly focused on the environment when even the most liberal politicians barely feigned interest, but the title of his new book points to the diversity of his post-Washington life: The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. The environment is certainly one of them, but so is economic globalization, digital communication, the delicate balance of global, political, economic, and military power, and scientific revolutions. The Nobel laureate is speaking twice today in the Bay Area. First stop, the Commonwealth Club, moderated by Dr. Gloria C. Duffy. Duffy is likely to focus on emerging forces that are reshaping our world, some of which Gore plays a role in as chairman and co-founder of Generation Investment Management and Current TV, and as a member of the board of Apple. During the evening, however, award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver is likely to drive the City Arts & Lectures (online sales for this are sold out, but a handful of tickets will be available at the door); conversation in another direction, one that harkens back to the Gore we first met on the campaign trail in 1992. Her most recent novel, Flight Behavior, is about a woman’s tumultuous life set against the backdrop of ecological degradation and climate change.
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