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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

Town Hall’s Civics series highlights everything from local policies to world politics. These events offer perspectives on a range of topics as diverse as Seattle itself—a bustling forum for activism, discovery, and thought-provoking discussion.

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Jul 31, 2017

When “doing good” starts to look like protecting one’s self interest, it’s a tricky business. While famous philanthropists like Bill Gates and Charles Koch are closely scrutinized, thousands of wealthy donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. In The Givers: Wealth, Power, and...

Jul 27, 2017

Have you ever had a “Last Question” you wish you’d had a chance to pose at a program? Town Hall Executive Director Wier Harman recently had that experience when he moderated a question and answer session with Betsy Hartmann, author of The America Syndrome. So he dropped her a line the next day and asked...

Jul 24, 2017

We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas gleaned from crowdsourcing are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs.

In Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing the Digital Revolution,...

Jul 20, 2017

Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced “the one device,” as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? In The One Device: The...

Jul 17, 2017

Civic Saturday, hosted by Jená Cane and Arista Burwell Chen, is a civic analogue to a place of worship: a gathering of friends and strangers to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church, synagogue, or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion. It includes song, readings of civic...