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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.

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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
Question: What’s the best YouTube video on how to make great YouTube videos? (I need it for my book about Maintenance–a whole lot of which has been unleashed by YouTube videos.) …Read more
This boon for the eyesight of children in Asia was delayed for 17 years by anti-GMO activists. But Golden Rice is finally arriving. …Read more
RT @chr1sa: …Read more
Question: what’s the farm tool here being dragged by the Model T converted-to-tractor? It’s not a plow. …Read more
Astronomical echo music. …Read more
It’s one of the great books. One of the great audiobooks. And now one of the great TV series. SHANTARAM. (On AppleTV) …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: …Read more
Thank you for continuing your service. …Read more
RT @starsandrobots: I always wanted to go to the World Rock, Paper, Scissors competition and had no idea about this backstory …Read more
It worked for The WELL since 1985. …Read more
Quite a thread on Twitter maintenance issues– a blizzard of who-ya-gonna-call situations. With the deep question of whether distributed systems are worse or better than centrally managed systems at handling such problems. …Read more
Good thread follow-up here by @Noahpinion …Read more
“Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind.” (Wade Davis) …Read more
RT @Sara_Imari: the “G” in AGI should be replaced by “Global” – whatever intelligence that emerges which surpasses our own is likely to be just that – emergent – as a collective property of our own intelligence and globally integrated tech, not explicitly designed by us in a lab to be “general” …Read more
RT @WeAreAsGodsFilm: WE ARE AS GODS is a deep dive into the many sides of @StewartBrand – creator of The Whole Earth Catalog, an influential member of Ken Kesey’s “The Merry Pranksters” & founder of the modern environmental movement. Podcast on Audible + documentary out now! …Read more
The”drop dramatically” I still expect, but it won’t be from my predicted 8 billion. …Read more
RT @chrismichel: Authors at work. @stewartbrand working on his latest book, Maintenance. @longnow …Read more
Written in 1999, surprisingly truer than ever. …Read more
Tidiness, like cleanness, is a social signal—as much to oneself as to others. It is visible evidence that something is tended, is cared for. …Read more
RT @BARudolph: “Perceptions are distorted by selective memories, cognitive biases, political agendas & shifting baseline syndrome… thanks to several converging developments… short-term bias is giving way to an era in which long time-series could become a ubiquitous tool for understanding.” …Read more
A great coinage: The “invisible present,” a space where we fail to see slow changes and are unable to interpret effects that lag years behind their causes. …Read more
Agreed. …Read more
How Finland’s Green Party Chose Nuclear Power… …Read more
An interesting theory of effectiveness. “He is captivating his audience by demonstrating his alignment with a set of values they already share — exploration, science, and the imagination — and using that to show them that really, they already are thinking like longtermists” …Read more
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