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Stewart Brand
Stewart Brand
President of The Long Now Foundation
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.


The Long Now Foundation
The Long Now Foundation
A monumental, multi-millennial, mechanical clock as icon to long term thinking

Established in 01996


From their website:

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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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

Making the world better
Published on: 10 Apr 18 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Two ways to save humanity
Published on: 14 Feb 18 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Cognitive Planet
Published on: 5 Nov 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Life nearby
Published on: 7 Sep 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

How to finesse complexity
Published on: 22 Aug 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Time travel is time research
Published on: 4 Jul 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Why cities live forever
Published on: 22 Jun 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Death’s honesty
Published on: 25 May 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Doing Good Better
Published on: 27 Mar 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Toward agile government
Published on: 13 Feb 17 in Stewart Brand – Medium by Stewart Brand

Whole Earth Discipline
Whole Earth Discipline
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Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary
“Incredible book . . . Best I’ve read this year.” —Jack Dorsey, via Twitter

It’s worth noting that Whole Earth Discipline only discusses the lower-right quadrant (external, collective) of Wilber’s four-quadrant model . Issues such as consciousness and culture (left quadrants) are outside its scope. Also, inasmuch as there is any form of consensus of viewpoints about proposed solution, some of the proposed solutions in this book might be considered to be outliers.

Commentary by TLLP

Whole Earth Discipline, an eye-opening book by the legendary author of the National Book Award-winning Whole Earth Catalog, persuasively details a new approach to our stewardship of the planet. Lifelong ecologist and futurist Stewart Brand relies on scientific rigor to shatter myths concerning nuclear energy, urbanization, genetic engineering, and other controversial subjects, showing exactly where the sources of our dilemmas lie and offering a bold, inventive set of policies and design- based solutions for shaping a more sustainable society. Thought- provoking and passionately argued, this is a pioneering book on one of the hottest issues facing humanity today.


Time and Responsibility
"..widening my perspective not only 10,000 years into the future, but also .. about what got us here

Using the designing and building of The Clock of the Long Now as a framework, this is a book about the practical use of long time perspective: how to get it, how to use it, how to keep it in and out of sight. Here are the central questions it inspires: How do we make long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare? Discipline in thought allows freedom. One needs the space and reliability to predict continuity to have the confidence not to be afraid of revolutions Taking the time to think of the future is more essential now than ever, as culture accelerates beyond its ability to be measured Probable things are vastly outnumbered by countless near-impossible eventualities. Reality is statistically forced to be extraordinary; fiction is not allowed this freedom This is a potent book that combines the chronicling of fantastic technology with equally visionary philosophical inquiry.


photos by Anthony ThorntonMuch of Pinker’s talk was devoted to showing how most of the things than humans care about (except climate) have been getting drastically better over the last few …Read more
Mann titled his talk “The Edge of the Petri Dish.” He explained, “If you drop a couple protozoa in a Petri dish filled with nutrient goo, they will multiply until …Read more
photo by Evan SpilerThanks to the growing human domination of natural systems on Earth, people say we are entering an Anthropocene Epoch, Grinspoon began, but what if the term “epoch” understates …Read more
photo by Evan SpilerIF WE FIND, anywhere in the universe, one more instance of life besides what evolved on Earth, then we are bound to conclude that life is common throughout …Read more
photo by Evan SpilerHE BEGAN, “Hi, I’m Nicky Case, and I explain complex systems in a visual, tangible, and playful way.” He did exactly that with 207 brilliant slides and clear …Read more
photo by Gary WilsonGLEICK BEGAN WITH H.G. WELLS’S 1895 BOOK The Time Machine, which created the idea of time travel. It soon became a hugely popular genre that shows no sign …Read more
photo by Gary WilsonWEST FOCUSSED ON CITIES in his discussion of the newly discovered exponential scaling laws that govern everything alive. “We live,” he said, “in an exponentially expanding socio-economic universe.” …Read more
photo by Gary WilsonIN ONE OF LONG NOW’S MOST MOVING TALKS, Ostaseski began: “I’m not romantic about dying. This is the hardest work you will ever do. It is tough. It’s …Read more
photo by Gary WilsonLOMBORG OPENED WITH A PHOTO FROM HAITI, showing a young girl dressed for school wading through the muck and garbage of a slum, with pigs in the muck …Read more
photo by Gary WilsonPAHLKA QUOTED: “EFFICIENCY IN GOVERNMENT IS A MATTER OF SOCIAL JUSTICE.” (Mayor John Norquist) It is at the often maddening interface with government that the inefficiency and injustice …Read more
Interesting: how much bad news is anecdotal and good news is statistical. (And how invisible the statistical is.) Still, if only one of the two can be good news, I would rather it be the statistical. It accumulates toward qualitative change that lasts. …Read more
RT @TimHarford: @BBCMoreOrLess @RiskyTalkPod @puzzlesthewill @ChloeColliver2 @LauraEdelson2 @Sander_vdLinden @d_spiegel I’ve been listening to Stewart Brand’s short audiobook, “The Maintenance Race (”. Absolutely outstanding. Compelling storytelling, but more importantly Stewart Brand helps you see the world with fresh eyes. …Read more
RT @fakehistoryhunt: Lead sling bullet; almond shape; a winged thunderbolt on one side and on the other, in high relief, the inscription DEXAI “Catch!” 400 BC-1 BC …Read more
Illuminating… …Read more
Worth hanging in for the family part. …Read more
“…an unusual birthday party, complete with a two-tiered cake made of prairie dog and mouse carcasses, minced meat, and kibble.” Happy 1st birthday to Elizabeth Ann, cloned from Willa, who died 35 years ago. (Terrific article in Science.) …Read more
RT @dbiello: Elizabeth Ann represents hope for black-footed ferrets And endangered species generally #unnaturalworld …Read more
RT @katelaurielee: Fun @WhyInteresting about the surprising origin of Japanese fashion magazines––@stewartbrand’s Whole Earth Catalog (h/t @wdavidmarx) …Read more
RT @mark_lynas: “Decades after the previous generation of greens protested to close nuclear reactors, a new generation is beginning to advocate to save those same plants.” A fitting final piece for @grist by the wonderful @SavorTooth …Read more
RT @JoaquimCampa: 100 Historic Lives in 100 Seconds. By Peter Gorman @barelymaps …Read more
Since he’s a former presidential speech-writer himself, Jim Fallows’ annotated critiques of major political speeches are insightful about their form as well as their content. Here’s a prime example, about Biden’s important speech in Atlanta. …Read more
This is the most congratulatory thread I have ever seen. Scores of us (me too) applauding Nate Johnson for leaving journalism at 43 and taking up work as an electrician. (Where, among other advantages, he will be better paid.) …Read more
“Evolution shamelessly, lazily repurposes the past. Reinventing beats inventing nearly every time.” A thread of choice selections from my THE CLOCK OF THE LONG NOW… …Read more
Thoughtful review of my HOW BUILDINGS LEARN, with application to an Australian example. (And then…) …Read more
Another item from Brian Eno: “Can you listen to BBC podcasts in America? There’s a really fascinating series — 6 parts — about the birth and evolution of Qanon. It’s very well researched and goes through the whole history of the Clinton scandals and 4-chan and… …Read more
RT @champdiesel: We should all support The Long Now Foundation, which aims to increase long-term thinking in a world that needs more of it. @stewartbrand @kevin2kelly @longnow @SamoBurja @interval @patrickc @arbesman @dannyhillis #ship30for30 @dickiebush @nicolascole77 …Read more
I’ve been exchanging dance videos from Africa with Brian Eno. Here’s one he just sent. (Note good use of stripes. And direct payment for dazzle.) …Read more
RT @yudapearl: Sidney Poitier is dead – sad!. I had the fortune of having dinner with him in 2008, but he didn’t tell me the “Sunday Morning” story below. …Read more
RT @davidtlang: @vgr I think the “low cost” aspect can be a driver in and of itself. For example, the falling cost of sequencing has produced an explosion of research. To avoid the Kuhnian paradigm baggage, maybe “eras” is a better term. I like how Freeman Dyson/@stewartbrand frame it: …Read more
TED made a nifty 17-minute radio piece out of Ryan Phelan’s TED talk on our successful cloning to genetically enrich two endangered species. They’re an example of INTENDED CONSEQUENCES with biotech for wildlife conservation. …Read more
RT @Revive_Restore: Great article out in Mongabay by @caitlooby interviewing @BenJNovak1 @frozenzoo @bonesandbugs about the need for #cloning to address the #extinction crisis. Thanks for covering this important issue! …Read more
Bracing perspective on unwinnable civil war in the US. …Read more
If America is taking sides these days, even threatening civil war, which side is “the military” on? I don’t know the answer. I’ll try to frame what I know about the question. Thread… …Read more
It was a treat and an honor to be interviewed by @tylercowen. The interview will appear later this month. (Cowen had read John Markoff’s biography of me. The book comes out in March.) …Read more
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