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The Power Paradox

November 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$10.00 – $38.28


$10 Presale General Admission | $15 At Door | $38.28 Special Offer: Presale General Admission + Book
Ages 21+, ID required for entry


It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior? Join The Leakey Foundation, The Bay Area Science Festival and U.C. Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner for an evening exploring the evolution of power and learn the surprising origin of enduring power.




mix-and-mingleMix, Mingle and Learn

6:00-7:00pm Mix and mingle with your fellow humans!

Enjoy the authentic Cambodian street food of Nyum Bai and a fully-stocked bar of beer, wine and delicious cocktails.

Local independent bookstore The Booksmith will be selling copies of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, Dr. Keltner’s new book. Dr. Keltner will be signing copies of his book before and after his talk.





The Power Paradox

7:00-7:25pm So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. In this talk Dacher Keltner discusses why some people retain power while others fall from it, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness and above all, that power is given to us by other people. 

7:35-8:00pm Dacher Keltner will answer all of your questions about evolution, power and politics.




This event has limited seating, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is plenty of standing room for everyone.

This event is in partnership with The Bay Area Science Festival.

Sponsors: Ann and Gordon Getty, Camilla and George Smith, Meeting Pulse and The Booksmith



Public Work’s Bar

Public Work’s bar is stocked with wine, beer and craft cocktails.

Public Works accepts cash only.

nyum-bai-foodNyum Bai

Nyum Bai’s mission is to introduce the Bay Area to a nostalgic take on Cambodian food. Sample menu below:

Banh Soung $10*
vermicelli noodles, coconut-lime dressing, seasonal veggies, choice of lemongrass chicken, coconut marinated pork, or seasonal veggies

Khmer Chicken Curry with toasted baguette $10*
stew chicken in curry, lemongrass, coconut milk, potatoes, and carrots

Nyum Bai accepts cash and credit cards.
*This is a sample menu. Items are subject to change.



  • This event has limited seating, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is plenty of standing room for everyone.
  • The Public Works bar is cash only.
  • Nyum Bai accepts cash and card with meals averaging $10.
  • Do not park in the lot directly next to Public Works. This lot is private and your car will be towed.



basf-2016-logoThe Bay Area Science Festival

The Bay Area Science Festival’s mission is to celebrate the Bay Area’s scientific wonders, resources, and opportunities by exploring the role of science, engineering, and technology locally & in the world. Whether you are a science devotee or see yourself with little connection to the field, they promise that you’ll find something that speaks to your passions! Connect with the science and scientists of the Bay Area and get excited, learn something new, question, discover and wonder!

To learn more about The Bay Area Science Festival or to view their 2016 Program Guide visit


meeting-pulse-logoMeeting Pulse

MeetingPulse is a product by inMoment Software, designed to facilitate the exchange of information between the presenter and the audience in real-time. Their technology leverages the fact that everyone has a connected smartphone. No installation is necessary for participants, onboarding takes seconds and the interaction happens in real-time. Voting, feedback, questions, dialogues, polls, quizes, games: any mechanics you can imagine.



The Booksmith

The Booksmith is San Francisco’s leading independent bookstore located in the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. The Booksmith is dedicated to fostering a community for critical thinking, free thought, creativity and literary excellence. They do this by offering a breadth and depth of new and backlist titles. Their specialties include Counter Culture, Art & Music, Literary Fiction and Narrative Non Fiction, Cookbooks, Travel and Kids books. They host over 200 events per year including our nationally touring monthly Shipwreck erotic fanfiction event, monthly Book Swap, community forums and author signings.

Purchase your copy of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence along with your ticket here, or purchase it at the event. 10% of all book sales of The Power Paradox will be donated to The Leakey Foundation.



Check out these resources to learn more about Dacher Keltner’s work:

How Power Makes People Selfish

“The Perils of Power”, The Hidden Brain podcast with Shankar Vendantam

“Why does power make us lose our way?” University of California News by By Yasmin Anwar





November 3, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10.00 – $38.28
Event Category:


Public Works
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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