What is INFORUM?

Inforum is the Commonwealth Club’s innovation lab.

We host live events in San Francisco to connect the Bay Area’s most interesting people with inspiring thought leaders from tech, pop culture, politics, food, and business. Our panels and interviews go beyond the sound bite and offer deeper engagement with the world today.


Inforum’s events break The Commonwealth Club mold with individually curated events designed to give our audience cutting-edge content, and a hands-on education experience. We host dozens of events each year, including headline interviews, monthly happy hours, public forums, debate discussion groups, and post-program socials. Our events typically sell out – from 250 person talks to keynote speakers that draw over 2,500 people. Check out our upcoming events.


Inforum’s mission is to create meaningful conversations around the things that matter. We aim to engage debate on civic issues and bring inspiring ideas and powerful stories to our community. Dedication to quality programming, complemented by a passion for informed conversation, makes Inforum a catalyst for inspiration, investigation, and action.


Our audience is much like our community – well educated, engaged advocates of curated information. Inforum’s audience brings together a diverse and discerning group – they are the best educated, most connected, and most informed people in the Bay Area who hail from all sectors, including tech, fashion, food, pop culture, social entrepreneurship, business, and more. Within our community, 40 percent earn more than $100k per year, 50 percent have graduate degrees or Ph.D.s, 25 percent own their own homes, 80 percent live in San Francisco, and 50 percent donate more than $250 a year to non-profit causes.


INFORUM is part of the Commonwealth Club, founded in 1903, the oldest and largest civic forum in the United States.

The Club hosts landmark talks, from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” speech, to the inspiring oratory of Martin Luther King, Jr., to Nobel Laureates such as the Dalai Lama, to every modern American president and today’s other world leaders across fields. INFORUM brings new ideas and exciting experiences to everyone.



INFORUM… has made a habit of programming insightful, celebrity-status speakers to discuss today’s critical issues.
— San Francisco Magazine
Recommended for singles looking for a “presidential forum and hang-out”
— Los Angeles Times
The best braniac bonanza... for those wanting to cram more thinking under their caps
— The Bay Guardian
One of San Francisco’s most august institutions
— ABC 7 News

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