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The Long Now Foundation
The Long Now Foundation
A monumental, multi-millennial, mechanical clock as icon to long term thinking
Established in 01996
A monumental, multi-millennial, mechanical clock as icon to long term thinking
Established in 01996
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The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

* The Long Now Foundation uses five-digit dates, the extra zero is to solve the deca-millennium bug which will come into effect in about 8,000 years.

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Stewart Brand
President of The Long Now Foundation
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Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Global Business Network. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award), and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books include The Clock of the Long NowHow Buildings Learn; and The Media Lab. His most recent book, titled Whole Earth Discipline, is published by Viking in the US and Atlantic in the UK. He graduated in Biology from Stanford and served as an Infantry officer.

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Roman Krznaric
Public Philosopher | Author | Founder Empathy Museum | Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation
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Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His books, including EmpathyThe Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages. His new book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World, will be published in July 2020, and has been described by U2’s The Edge as ‘the book our children’s children will thank us for reading’.

After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, Roman studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. He went on to found the world’s first Empathy Museum and the digital Empathy Library, and was also a founding faculty member of The School of Life. He is currently a Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation.

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Rick Prelinger | Lost Landscapes 02022 Bay and Gateway: Past Glimpses and Possible Futures
Published on: 15 Nov 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

AI, Regulating Social Media, & Accelerating Change | Jonathan Haidt, Kevin Kelly, and Stewart Brand
Published on: 6 Oct 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Johanna Hoffman | Speculative Futures
Published on: 30 Sep 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Jonathan Haidt – Democracy in the Next Cycle of History
Published on: 27 Sep 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

A Future We All Deserve To Live In | Michael Tubbs
Published on: 16 Sep 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Building a Better Future Together | Michael Tubbs
Published on: 15 Sep 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Democracy in the Next Cycle of History | Jonathan Haidt
Published on: 7 Sep 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Jonathan Haidt | Democracy in the Next Cycle of History
Published on: 29 Aug 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Upsetting the Setup: Creating a California for All | Michael Tubbs
Published on: 17 Aug 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Alicia Eggert | This Moment Used To Be The Future
Published on: 9 Aug 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Drinking for 10,000 Years: Intoxication and Civilization | Edward Slingerland
Published on: 27 Jul 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Social Benefits of Alcohol | Edward Slingerland
Published on: 27 Jul 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Evolution’s Ambivalence to Alcohol | Edward Slingerland
Published on: 26 Jul 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Managing Orbital Space Debris | Creon Levit
Published on: 25 Jul 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Michael Tubbs – Upsetting The Setup: Creating a California for All
Published on: 18 Jul 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

Space Debris and The Kessler Syndrome: A Possible Future Trapped on Earth | Creon Levit
Published on: 20 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Drinking for 10,000 Years: Intoxication and Civilization – Edward Slingerland
Published on: 14 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

How Marketers Ruined The World For The Long Term | Adam Long
Published on: 12 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Introducing: Jump!Star | George Ferrandi
Published on: 11 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Can economic growth continue over the long term? | Jason Crawford
Published on: 10 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

West Mexico Volcanoes | Jose Julio Zerpa Rodriguez
Published on: 10 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

The Living Shoreline: Growing Community & Planting for the Future | Linda Gass
Published on: 9 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Scientific revolutions are kind of messy | Matthew Dockrey
Published on: 9 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Nature Always Wins | Monica L. Smith
Published on: 8 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

On Distant Keys | Sandy Litchfield
Published on: 8 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Ectogenesis | Thais Nye Derich
Published on: 7 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Michael Tubbs | Upsetting the Setup: Creating a California for All
Published on: 6 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Edward Slingerland | Drinking for 10,000 Years: Intoxication and Civilization
Published on: 6 Jun 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Seven Strategies for Long-term Thinking | Dorie Clark
Published on: 27 May 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Long Now Member Ignite Talks 02022
Published on: 24 May 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world | Dorie Clark
Published on: 13 May 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Communities of Collaboration | John Markoff
Published on: 29 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Reflections on Optimism and Openness | John Markoff
Published on: 28 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Gainfully Unemployed | John Markoff
Published on: 27 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Space Debris and The Kessler Syndrome: A Possible Future Trapped on Earth – Creon Levit
Published on: 26 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

Possible Minds | John Brockman
Published on: 25 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Seeds of a Good Anthropocene | Elena Bennett
Published on: 25 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Quantum Computer Reality | Seth Lloyd
Published on: 25 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Beyond Digital | Nicholas Negroponte
Published on: 25 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Creon Levit | Space Debris and The Kessler Syndrome: A Possible Future Trapped on Earth
Published on: 18 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Floating Upstream: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand | John Markoff
Published on: 14 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Dorie Clark – The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world
Published on: 4 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

Science Fiction’s Temporal Categories | Kim Stanley Robinson
Published on: 1 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Long Now Member Ignite Talks 02022
Published on: 1 Apr 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Co-ordinating Response to Changing Climate | Kim Stanley Robinson
Published on: 31 Mar 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Climate Futures: Beyond 02022 | Kim Stanley Robinson
Published on: 29 Mar 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

John Markoff – Floating Upstream: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand
Published on: 21 Mar 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

Dorie Clark | The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world
Published on: 10 Mar 22 in The Long Now Foundation – YouTube by Long Now Foundation

Kim Stanley Robinson – Climate Futures: Beyond 02022
Published on: 1 Mar 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

Geoff Manaugh, Nicola Twilley – Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine
Published on: 2 Feb 22 in The Long Now Foundation – Podcast by The Long Now Foundation

This year’s LOST LANDSCAPES pictures the infrastructures, peoples and landscapes of California, centering on San Francisco’s everyday past and the futures we have tried to build. Casting an archival gaze …Read more
Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt, in conversation with Long Now co-founders Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly, discusses how technological tools and sociological insights can be used to solve the problems present …Read more
Urbanist, researcher and writer Johanna Hoffman joins us to talk about speculative futures — a set of design tools that can reorient urban development to help us dream and build …Read more
Founder and Mayor Michael Tubbs shares his experience of implementing policies that point the way toward providing equitable economic opportunities for all. From the Long Now Seminar, “Upsetting The Set …Read more
Founder and Mayor Michael Tubbs outlines his optimistic outlook on our shared future. From the Long Now Seminar, “Upsetting The Set Up: Creating a California for All” by Michael Tubbs. …Read more
Jonathan Haidt sees that we have entered a social-psychological phase change that was initiated in 02009 when social media platforms introduced several fateful innovations that changed the course of our …Read more
Jonathan Haidt sees that we have entered a social-psychological phase change that was initiated in 02009 when social media platforms introduced several fateful innovations that changed the course of our …Read more
How do we address society’s most pressing issues and create opportunity for those who need it most? Can we create a blueprint for a just and inclusive economy that includes …Read more
Interdisciplinary artist Alicia Eggert and Long Now’s Executive Director Alexander Rose will be in conversation for this special evening discussion of time, art and long-term thinking. Alicia Eggert’s work gives …Read more
Edward Slingerland’s latest research is a deep dive into the alcohol-soaked origins of civilization — and the evolutionary roots of humanity’s appetite for intoxication. “Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and …Read more
Professor & author Edward Slingerland outlines the multiple ways in which alcohol influences creativity, trust, and other pro-social behaviors. From the Conversation at The Interval, “Drinking for 10,000 Years: Intoxication …Read more
Professor & author Edward Slingerland explores how alcohol—despite its high biological and cultural costs—has successfully hijacked the mechanisms of evolution. From the Conversation at The Interval, “Drinking for 10,000 Years: …Read more
Aerospace engineer Creon Levit offers insight into the management of orbital space debris, including various schemes for "active debris removal." From the Conversation at The Interval, "Space Debris and The …Read more
More than one hundred million pieces of human-made space debris currently orbit our planet, most moving at more than 10,000 mph. Every year their number increases, creating a progressively more …Read more
Over the past century, Marketers have used the power of stories to shape the world around them for the worse, from creating the idea of the criminal "jaywalker" to selling …Read more
In 3,200 years, Earth’s axial precession — the gradual but powerful shift of our orbit — will change our North Star from Polaris to Gamma Cephi. Long Now Member & …Read more
Economic growth runs on ideas — not physical resources. But can this growth continue into the long-term future? Are we running out of ideas? Long Now Member, founder, & writer …Read more
Long Now Member & historian Jose Julio Zerpa Rodriguez takes us on a philosophical journey to the Volcanoes of the Jalisco Block, West Mexico, exploring how volcanoes have shaped the …Read more
In a park built on a landfill on the coast of the San Francisco Bay Area, native plants grow in the arc of the shoreline that once existed before human …Read more
Long Now Member, industrial artist, & engineer Matthew Dockrey goes back in time to uncover the messy roots of the Scientific Revolution. Dockrey dives deep into the world’s first scientific …Read more
Long Now Member & archaeologist Monica L. Smith reflects on how Nature Always Wins. An expert on how cities and the people within them have developed throughout time, Dr. Smith …Read more
Long Now Member, professor, & artist Sandy Litchfield created the art project On Distant Keys as a transdisciplinary platform to explore climate futures and a more closely entwined world. In …Read more
Long Now Member & writer Thais Nye Derich tells a story about Ectogenesis –the development of a mammalian embryo outside of the womb– in a possible future. Read more of …Read more
How do we address society’s most pressing issues and create opportunity for those who need it most? Can we create a blueprint for a just and inclusive economy that includes …Read more
In the mid-2000s, the virtual world of the game Second Life was seen by many as a nascent metaverse, a term for virtual worlds coined by Neal Stephenson. Courtesy of …Read more
Bernard Moitessier’s yacht Joshua was the model of perfect maintenance in his 1968 circumnavigation of the globe Maintenance is all around us. On every level from the cellular up to …Read more
Bernard Moitessier’s yacht Joshua was the model of perfect maintenance in his 1968 circumnavigation of the globe Maintenance is all around us. On every level from the cellular up to …Read more
A sign from the No Planet B global climate strike in September 02019. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The following essay was written by Lucienne Bacon and Lucas Kopinski, …Read more
A sign from the No Planet B global climate strike in September 02019. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The following essay was written by Lucienne Bacon and Lucas Kopinski, …Read more
The first book of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series was also published as The 1,000-Year Plan —  an indication of the series’ focus on long-term thinking. Cover design by Ed Valigursky …Read more
The first book of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series was also published as The 1,000-Year Plan —  an indication of the series’ focus on long-term thinking. Cover design by Ed Valigursky …Read more
Long Now’s Website, as reimagined by the Internet Archive’s Wayforward Machine For the past 25 years, the Internet Archive has embraced a bold vision of “Universal Access to All Knowledge.” …Read more
Long Now’s Website, as reimagined by the Internet Archive’s Wayforward Machine For the past 25 years, the Internet Archive has embraced a bold vision of “Universal Access to All Knowledge.” …Read more
Sediment cores like these can help uncover the deep climatological history of the earth and provide insight into our climate futures. Courtesy of Hannes Grobe AWI/CRP The 02021 Working Group …Read more
Sediment cores like these can help uncover the deep climatological history of the earth and provide insight into our climate futures. Courtesy of Hannes Grobe AWI/CRP The 02021 Working Group …Read more
The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now …Read more
The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now …Read more
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides an enlightening window into the history of global trade and human …Read more
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides an enlightening window into the history of global trade and human …Read more
3 bound copies of the Letters to the Future Project. Source: Letters to the future In our efforts to foster long-term thinking and preservation, we at Long Now do not …Read more
3 bound copies of the Letters to the Future Project. Source: Letters to the future In our efforts to foster long-term thinking and preservation, we at Long Now do not …Read more
“It is Time” (02020) by Alicia Eggert in collaboration with David Moinina Sengeh. The neon sign was commissioned by TED and Fine Acts for TED Countdown, and driven around Dallas, …Read more
“It is Time” (02020) by Alicia Eggert in collaboration with David Moinina Sengeh. The neon sign was commissioned by TED and Fine Acts for TED Countdown, and driven around Dallas, …Read more
Gutter Street, a London-based theatre company, is premiering a play called The Long Now later this month. “The Long Now is inspired by the work of the @longnow foundation and takes a look at …Read more
Gutter Street, a London-based theatre company, is premiering a play called The Long Now later this month. “The Long Now is inspired by the work of the @longnow foundation and takes a look at …Read more
<iframe loading="lazy" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/529378458" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" In March 02021, We Are As Gods, the documentary about Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand, premiered at SXSW. As part of the premiere, the …Read more
<iframe loading="lazy" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/529378458" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" In March 02021, We Are As Gods, the documentary about Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand, premiered at SXSW. As part of the premiere, the …Read more
Long Now is pleased to announce that longtime Interval bartender Ty Caudle will become The Interval’s next Beverage Director. He takes the reins from Todd Carnam, who has moved to …Read more
Challenging perceptions of time and place to enhance climate change engagement through museumsLong Now co-founder Brian Eno in front of his 77 Million Paintings generative artwork (02007).By Henry McGhie*, Sarah Mander**, Asher Minns***AbstractThis …Read more
Futurist Peter Schwartz distills the lessons learned from his work in scenario planning for organizations.Photo by Andrew Neel on UnsplashThe following transcript of Peter Schwartz’s Long Now talk on scenario planning …Read more
An interview with Vincent Ialenti, author of Deep Time ReckoningInside Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear waste repository, 1,500 feet underground. Photo Credit: Peter GuenzelWith half-lives ranging from 30 to 24,000, or even 16 …Read more
Insights from 14 of the world’s foremost long-term thinkersLong Conversation speakers (from top left): Stewart Brand, Esther Dyson, David Eagleman, Ping fu, Katherine Fulton, Danny Hillis, Kevin Kelly, Ramez Naam, …Read more
Tickets to the Moon. Teleporting inanimate objects. A woman on the roster of an NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLS team. These are the Long Bets and Predictions made about the …Read more
“Digital storage is easy; digital preservation is hard.”-Stewart Brand, The Clock of the Long Now (01999)In March of 02019, MySpace, the one-time de facto social media network before the rise of Facebook, …Read more
We can no longer see ourselves as separate from the natural world or our technology, but as a part of them, integrated, codependent, and entangled.Quantum entanglement. (Courtesy: iStock/Traffic-Analyzer)By Danny HillisWe humans …Read more
50 years ago, the Apollo 11 moon landing was televised live to some 600 million viewers back on planet Earth. One of them was future Long Now co-founder Brian Eno, …Read more
A History of Land Art in the American West, Part IIISource: The Center for Land Use Interpretation.As installation begins at the Texas site for Long Now’s monumental 10,000 Year Clock, it’s …Read more
There are reasons to be hopeful after the fire.East facade of Notre Dame in the 1860s.In the hours after news broke that the Cathedral of Notre Dame suffered extensive fire damage, many …Read more
Transmissions from the ambient frontierContinue reading on The Long Now Foundation » …Read more
A new paper by archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo addresses one of the longstanding mysteries of the monuments of Easter Island: their location.Four hundred of the statues, known as …Read more
Jonathan Haidt sees that we have entered a social-psychological phase change that was initiated in 02009 when social media platforms introduced several fateful innovations that changed the course of our …Read more
How do we address society’s most pressing issues and create opportunity for those who need it most? Can we create a blueprint for a just and inclusive economy that includes …Read more
Edward Slingerland’s latest research is a deep dive into the alcohol-soaked origins of civilization — and the evolutionary roots of humanity’s appetite for intoxication. “Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and …Read more
More than one hundred million pieces of human-made space debris currently orbit our planet, most moving at more than 10,000 mph. Every year their number increases, creating a progressively more …Read more
Personal goals need a long-term strategy too. Dorie Clark offers concrete practices to sharpen strategic thinking and incorporate a long-term perspective within a personal time scale. By reorienting ourselves to …Read more
Join us for an illuminating evening with journalist John Markoff in conversation with Long Now’s Co-founder Stewart Brand and Executive Director Alexander Rose around Markoff’s new biography of Brand. Journalist …Read more
Long Now continues our dialogue with the acclaimed writer Kim Stanley Robinson around COP26 and his most recent book The Ministry for the Future. Clean energy advocate & author Ramez …Read more
Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley track the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space—from the crumbling lazarettos of the …Read more
Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global …Read more
As a society, how do we address the “wicked hard problem” of vaccine acceptance? How can public health institutions reach those who are hesitant when even robust fact-based campaigns don’t …Read more
What is time? What is humankind’s role in the universe? What is the meaning of life? For much of human history, these questions have been the province of religion and …Read more
One of Long Now’s founding premises is that humanity’s most significant challenges require long-term solutions, including institutions that caretake and guide the knowledge and commitment needed to work over long …Read more
Reporter and writer Nathaniel Rich delves deep into conversation with Revive & Restore’s Ryan Phelan and Ben Novak to discuss his newest book “Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade”, …Read more
A compelling case can be made that we are in the early stages of another tech and economic boom in the next 30 years that will help solve our era’s …Read more
Jason Tester asks us to see the powerful potential of “queering the future” – how looking at the future through a lens of difference and openness can reveal unexpected solutions …Read more
Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, journalist James Nestor questions the conventional wisdom of what we thought …Read more
Nadia Eghbal is particularly interested in infrastructure, governance, and the economics of the internet – and how the dynamics of these subjects play out in software, online communities and generally …Read more
Human beings have an astonishing evolutionary gift: agile imaginations that can shift in an instant from thinking on a scale of seconds to a scale of years or even centuries. …Read more
Responding to climate change by building hard infrastructures and favoring high-tech homogenous design, we are ignoring millennia-old knowledge of how to live in symbiosis with nature. Without implementing soft systems …Read more
“I have always felt I have an obligation to build the future I want to see. We know that AI-powered cyber-physical systems (CPS) will scale in society. The challenge we …Read more
Craig Childs chronicles the last millennia of the Ice Age, the violent oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and …Read more
Throughout Peter Calthorpe’s decade-spanning career in urban design, planning, and architecture, he has developed and practiced the key principles of New Urbanism: that the most successful places are diverse in …Read more
“As a forecaster and Afrofuturist who imagines alternative futures from a Black Diaspora perspective, I think about long-term signals that will shape the next 10 to 100 years.” —Dr. Lonny …Read more
At the intersection of climate change, biodiversity loss, and food scarcity lies an unexpected and abundant resource: insects. Brian Fisher has spent three decades documenting biodiversity in Madagascar, a nation …Read more
We’re looking for a Development Director to join our core leadership team at The Long Now Foundation. Come build something that lasts. Jobslongnow.orgAre you someone who understands why now is the perfect time to think and build long-term? Apply to work for Long Now. …Read more
Forms of peer review are centuries old, but its contemporary model only dates back to the 01970s. The ways we produce, share, and review science must shift with time — what will the future of peer review hold?Real peer review has never been tried – Works in Progresswww.worksinprogress.coOutdated forms of peer review create bottlenecks that slow down science. But in …Read more
Does holiness have a scent? A long line of religious texts and traditions says yes — though there is no agreement as to what the divine smells like.The Centuries-Long Quest For The Scent Of God | NOEMAwww.noemamag.comThe precise odor of the divine has eluded humans for millennia, but that hasn’t stopped us from seeking it in the oddest places. …Read more
Founder and Mayor Michael Tubbs shares his experience of implementing policies that point the way toward providing equitable economic opportunities for all. …Read more
Our ability to think about our long-term future is unique among our animal relatives. Our challenge is making use of the cognitive toolkit of long-term thinking to help ourselves and future generations. Let’s be good ancestors. From Roman Krznaric: https://longnow.org/ideas/02022/07/29/how-humans-grew-acorn-brains/ …Read more
We Are As Gods, a documentary about Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand, is out on digital platforms on September 6, 02022.WE ARE AS GODS | Official trailer | On Digital Sept 6Watch video on Facebook.com …Read more
Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a model that reconstructs the visual proteins of some of the earliest cetaceans, offering a vision through the eyes of ancient whales. https://hakaimagazine.com/news/what-did-the-ancient-whale-see/ …Read more
Founder and Mayor Michael Tubbs outlines his optimistic outlook on our shared future. …Read more
Deep below an island in Finland, nuclear waste experts are pondering how to communicate with humans stretching thousands of generations forward. Can we use cryptic icons from the ancient past to inform decisions for the far future? Deep Time Undergroundlongnow.orgFinland’s nuclear waste experts have, for decades, quietly envisioned distant future ecosystems. Exploring their thinking anthropologically can expand our awareness of …Read more
In 01999, the poet Gary Snyder sent @stewartbrand an epigram: This present moment That lives on to become Long ago. This was Brand’s response: …Read more
From British Columbia to Florida, sea gardens stewarded by the Indigenous peoples of North America provided food for millennia. Can they once again help sustain communities?How Indigenous Sea Gardens Produced Massive Amounts of Food for Millenniawww.smithsonianmag.comCommunities created bountiful food without putting populations at risk of collapse …Read more
For centuries, Northern Europeans played a strategy board game called hnefatafl, a pastime of the Viking elite that was eventually made obsolete by the spread of chess to the region. https://www.inverse.com/culture/viking-board-games-hnefatafl …Read more
A new study reveals that airborne signs of plant photosynthesis can be used as an “early warning system” weeks or even months before droughts strike. https://www.pnas.org/doi/abs/10.1073/pnas.2202767119 …Read more
Japan’s history can be told as a story of the “never-ending human dance with water,” its landscape deeply-shaped by the natural and infrastructural paths of water. https://aeon.co/essays/how-can-history-help-the-never-ending-human-dance-with-water …Read more
Time isn’t just a number you read off of a clock. The work of artist Alicia Eggert expands our understanding of time, using neon and balloons to toy with our lines between the now and eternity. https://longnow.org/ideas/02021/05/18/how-long-is-now/ …Read more
End-of-the-world novels are memento mori for civilization — reminders of the risks facing our society in ways that are both sobering and life-affirming.End-of-the-World Novels Are ‘Memento Mori’ for Civilizationlongnow.orgWhy envisioning the collapse of civilization can be unexpectedly life-affirming. …Read more
Former NASA research scientist Creon Levit gives an overview on ways to manage orbital debris: – Proactive Design: restricting satellite lifespan – Collision Avoidance: orbital traffic management – Active Debris Removal: claws, nets, and other ways to grab debris out of orbitManaging Orbital Space Debris | Creon LevitWatch video on Facebook.com …Read more
Brian Eno’s works in generative art & ambient music “encourage the listener to live and to be present in the moment, the ‘now,’ but to feel that moment expanding forward and backward through time, literally to experience the ‘Long Now.'”Music, Time and Long-Term Thinking: Brian Eno Expands the Vocabulary of Human Feelinglongnow.orgLike much of Brian Eno’s work, the chimes in …Read more
The health risks that alcohol poses are dangerous, yet neither evolution nor prohibition have succeeded in getting rid of it in the ten thousand years since our species invented it. Why? From Edward Slingerland (@Slingerland20)’s Long Now Talk: https://longnow.org/ideas/02022/05/10/drinking-10000-years-intoxication-and-civilization/Evolution’s Ambivalence to Alcohol | Edward SlingerlandWatch video on Facebook.com …Read more
Alcohol has potent neurological effects, depressing the brain’s pre-frontal cortex and unleashing a wave of pro-social chemicals that have helped humans build social connections for millennia. From Edward Slingerland’s Long Now Talk: https://longnow.org/ideas/02022/05/10/drinking-10000-years-intoxication-and-civilization/Evolution’s Ambivalence to Alcohol | Edward SlingerlandWatch video on Facebook.com …Read more
NYC! 🗽Join us for a special screening of WE ARE AS GODS, the documentary about Stewart Brand. It’s happening Aug 11th at Quad Cinema in the Village, with director David Alvarado in person for Q&A. Get tickets now! https://quadcinema.com/film/we-are-as-gods/ cc Greenwich Entertainment The Long Now Foundation …Read more
In Noema Magazine, Nathan Gardels argues that “Technology can expand the short-term horizon of our Paleolithic survival instinct.” https://www.noemamag.com/planetary-homeostasis/ …Read more
Maintenance matters. Whether in ancient Japanese shrines or modern codebases, making sure that what you build can last into the long-term is not a chore but something to embrace.Google & the Grand Shrine | Nadia EghbalWatch video on Facebook.com …Read more
On this day 50 years ago, the astronauts on Apollo 17 captured the image of the Earth from 29,000 kilometers away. This image, the “Blue Marble,” was the second photo of the whole earth taken by a human. It has since become one of the most widely distributed images in existence. …Read more
Fighting against the tide of entropy that threatens all information may ultimately be a futile battle, but it is one that must be fought nonetheless. https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/10/26/1061308/death-of-information-digitization/ …Read more
The rapidly growing number of satellites in Earth’s orbit threatens to impede our civilization’s ability to view the night sky and make astronomical observations. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/satellite-constellations-are-an-existential-threat-for-astronomy/ …Read more
RT @peterschwartz2: She was truly great https://twitter.com/longnow/status/1600191316453109760 …Read more
Next Week: Join us for two nights of Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco as we explore San Francisco’s everyday past and the futures we’ve tried to build. Night 1: Tuesday, Dec 13 7:00 PM (Nearly Sold Out) Night 2: Wednesday, Dec 14 7:00 PM …Read more
We’re looking for a Development Director to join our core leadership team at The Long Now Foundation. In times of crisis, long-term thinking becomes a radical investment. If you understand why now is the perfect time to build long-term, inquire within: https://longnow.org/jobs/#development-director/ …Read more
RT @lhwilkinson: Microsoft, Google, Meta, and others face rising drought risk to their data centers @CNBCtech (Plus- neon signs) @longnow Contemplate conservation: https://roughlydaily.com/2022/12/03/water-sustains-all/ …Read more
.@AliciaEggert’s This Present Moment at 11,000 feet, placed among Bristlecone Pines, some of the longest-lived trees on Earth: https://t.co/ugNIZhDhQ0 …Read more
RT @longnow: Linguists & scientists have designed markers to warn future humans against entering nuclear waste sites for at least 10,000 years. Yet language itself mutates over such time. This poem from @elliebotoman explores the decay of meaning on a long-term scale. https://longnow.org/ideas/consequences-of-perspective/ …Read more
Linguists & scientists have designed markers to warn future humans against entering nuclear waste sites for at least 10,000 years. Yet language itself mutates over such time. This poem from @elliebotoman explores the decay of meaning on a long-term scale. https://longnow.org/ideas/consequences-of-perspective/ …Read more
RT @longnow: We’re looking for a Development Director to join our core leadership team at The Long Now Foundation. Come build something that lasts. https://longnow.org/jobs/#development-director …Read more
RT @jemiloradovich: a long but interesting read from @longnow https://longnow.org/ideas/peering-into-the-invisible-present/ …Read more
RT @elliebotoman: Years ago, I became obsessed with language decay, radioactive storage warnings, and nuclear semiotics Thank you @longnow for giving my poetic exercise in toxic erasure a new home ☢️ https://longnow.org/ideas/consequences-of-perspective/?fbclid=IwAR0ho7zgTChE5200kDuWyHrN4cpJYk2pL1v1T4d9Xu4R80hnoKMjh14zilc/ …Read more
RT @longnow: Our work at The Long Now Foundation aims to counterbalance the forces of immediacy and ephemerality. Our foundational project, The Clock of the Long Now, embeds this ambition in its very design, but finding this counterbalance in our daily lives is also key to our work. …Read more
RT @longnow: “What we can do is try and create stories that are interesting enough and important enough that our grandchildren might want to tell those stories to their grandchildren.” -@neilhimself This #GivingTuesday, help us write the next chapter of our story. https://longnow.org/02022 https://t.co/7RzON6BXSa …Read more
Our work at The Long Now Foundation aims to counterbalance the forces of immediacy and ephemerality. Our foundational project, The Clock of the Long Now, embeds this ambition in its very design, but finding this counterbalance in our daily lives is also key to our work. …Read more
RT @longnow: “What we can do is try and create stories that are interesting enough and important enough that our grandchildren might want to tell those stories to their grandchildren.” -@neilhimself This #GivingTuesday, help us write the next chapter of our story. https://longnow.org/02022 https://t.co/7RzON6BXSa …Read more
“What we can do is try and create stories that are interesting enough and important enough that our grandchildren might want to tell those stories to their grandchildren.” -@neilhimself This #GivingTuesday, help us write the next chapter of our story. https://longnow.org/02022 https://t.co/7RzON6BXSa …Read more
Tonight: Join us for special listening party for We Are As Gods, a podcast from @audible_com, @stripepress, and Structure Films exploring the life of @StewartBrand Join us at The @Interval to listen to the podcast’s episode on Long Now. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/we-are-as-gods-podcast-release-party-tickets-468152696317?aff=ebdsoporgprofile&keep_tld=1 …Read more
RT @typochondriac: SF friends, come hang out at The Interval next Tuesday. Me, @friendofdurutti, @science24fps, and the @longnow + @audible_com folks will be celebrating the release of @WeAreAsGodsFilm—the podcast! https://twitter.com/longnow/status/1595480184517378048 …Read more
RT @stewartbrand: Build a thing too fast, and mistakes cascade. Build a thing at the right pace, and mistakes instruct. Build a thing too slow, and mistakes are forgotten, then endlessly repeated in the endless restarts. For instance, with infrastructure: https://twitter.com/surajpatelnyc/status/1532004850862641154 …Read more
Next Tuesday: you’re invited to a special listening party for We Are As Gods, a podcast from @audible_com, @stripepress, and Structure Films exploring the life of @StewartBrand Join us at The @Interval to listen to the podcast’s episode on Long Now. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-are-as-gods-podcast-release-party-tickets-468152696317 …Read more
RT @CCCBLab: Peering Into The Invisible Present. How datasets spanning decades and nature apps are expanding our ecological attention span into the long now https://longnow.org/ideas/02022/11/08/peering-into-the-invisible-present/ v. @longnow …Read more

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