Shaping San Francisco hosts Public Talks on a variety of topics on Wednesday nights, about 18 times a year. Our topic themes vary, but we've grouped them over time into these categories: Art & Politics, Ecology, Historical Perspectives, Literary, and Social Movements. These Public Talks have been archived in audio and more recently in video in the Shaping San Francisco collection at the Internet Archive, and embedded in archival pages at We are now moving them to the archive at, a process that will take some months (this note will disappear when the process is complete). Unlinked Talks mean there is no audio or video available.


November 9, 2011: In Search of San Francisco's Eradicated Landscapes

October 26, 2011: Urban Homesteading

September 28, 2011: Did Laguna Dolores Exist?

September 14, 2011: Endangered Species Campaigning

June 8, 2011: Ecology and Food of the 1970s: Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78

March 30, 2011: Reciprocal Bio-Regional Culture from the Bay Area to the Sierras

February 23, 2011: Underground Food Politics

February 16, 2011: Vanished Waters: A History of San Francisco's Mission Bay

January 26, 2011: Environmental History of Golden Gate Park

November 17, 2010: Watersheds from California to Mexico

November 10, 2010: Eco-Politics, a Strategic Roundtable

May 26, 2010: Twin Peaks Bioregional Park: A Conservation Strategy for the Heart of San Francisco

May 12, 2010: Circle the Food Wagons!—Local Food Economies

February 24, 2010: San Francisco Golf Courses, Parks, Natural Areas

January 27, 2010: Urban Forest

October 28, 2009: Climate Change/Climate Justice

September 30, 2009: Ecology and Redevelopment in Bayview/Hunter's Point

May 13, 2009: Can Capitalism really “Go Green?”

April 29, 2009: Permacultural Transformation for the Urban Dweller

March 25, 2009: Toxic San Francisco

February 25, 2009: Bees in the City

January 28, 2009: Lake Merced Natural Area's Future

November 19, 2008: Green Streets: Redesigning San Francisco One Block at a Time

October 29, 2008: Candlestick Point: State Park for the People

February 27, 2008: San Francisco's Imperiled and Surviving Birds

January 30, 2008: Endangered Species Big Year

November 28, 2007: Food Security & Urban Agriculture

October 24, 2007: New Politics for Green Cities

September 26, 2007: San Francisco Water Sources

May 30, 2007: San Francisco Ecology: Butterflies in the City

May 2, 2007: Immigration, Work, and Agriculture: From Enclosures to Fast-Food

April 25, 2007: The National Park Where We Live

February 28, 2007: Laying a Foundation for a Green City (3 podcasts)

January 31, 2007: Grassroots Activism to Save San Bruno Mountain

November 29, 2006: Native Habitat Restoration: Frogs in San Francisco

October 25, 2006: Recycling Activism: Trash and Toxics

September 27, 2006: Activism in and for the San Francisco Bay Ecosystem

May 31, 2006 : Can San Francisco Feed Itself? (3 podcasts)

May 10, 2006: San Francisco's Food Revolt

April 26, 2006: Reclaiming Bay Area Military Bases (2 podcasts)

March 29, 2006: Natural Disasters and Community Response (4 podcasts)

February 22, 2006: Nature in the Urban Environment

January 25, 2006: Natural Areas of San Francisco: a Pre-Urban View