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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
The Guardian’s review of my WHOLE EARTH DISCIPLINE from 12 years ago is a treat to revisit. …Read more
RT @gunsnrosesgirl3: A nanobot helping a sperm with motility issues along towards an egg. These metal helixes are so small they can completely wrap around the tail of a single sperm and assist it along its journey 1/2 …Read more
Last night at the theater opening of “We Are As Gods, I had occasion to declare: “Science is the only news. The rest is gossip.” Here’s the long version, threaded… …Read more
Term! …Read more
RT @TedNordhaus: 1. Today, two longstanding environmental dogmas that @TheBTI fought to upend have been overturned. The first, that climate action must centrally involve regulating or pricing emissions, has been openly abandoned by environmental movement with IRA passage. …Read more
RT @longnow: Tonight at 6:45 PM: Join us at the @roxietheater in San Francisco for a screening of @WeAreAsGodsFilm, the Stewart Brand Documentary, followed by a conversation with Director Jason Sussberg, Stewart Brand, and Tamara Winter of @stripepress. …Read more
RT @WeAreAsGodsFilm: Can’t make it to a screening? All good. WE ARE AS GODS comes to digital platforms (AppleTV, Prime Video, etc) in the US/CA on Tues, Sept 6! 📆Mark your calendar now & plan to watch with us on opening night as we celebrate the legend that is @stewartbrand. …Read more
RT @nicholaspaul26: The Long Now Foundation (@longnow) is looking for a Development Director to join our leadership team. This is the dream job for someone who enjoys making the case for long-term imagination and optimism. I wrote 1,000 words about it. Please share around. …Read more
Swell thread (both directions)… …Read more
Before and after Webb telescope imagery. So many more unreachable galaxies. …Read more
All singing, all dancing, and great wardrobe. …Read more
RT @sewsueme: In my work as @BennettPres_SEW, I’m obsessed with addressing the very long deferred maintenance at Bennett like other HBCUs. This notion from @stewartbrand ‘s brilliant How Buildings Learn is helping me prioritize which buildings to take on next. …Read more
This photo from when I was a logger in Oregon in 1957 reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon: One lumberjack brags to another, “Only God can make a tree, but we can sure cut ’em down.” …Read more
RT @kevin2kelly: “Longtermism” is a moral perspective that says “Future people count. There could be a lot of them. We can make their lives better.” According to William Macaskill as expanded in this recommended interview. …Read more
RT @the_prepared: While the new Shaker Museum won’t open for a few more years, @shannonmattern guides readers through the collection and history in this week’s issue. …Read more
Looks promising. Joshua Goldstein’s book, A BRIGHT FUTURE, is excellent. …Read more
Mentions are the best. Here’s two for my story “The Maintenance Race,” in the Guardian and the New York Times. Scroll down for each. Short thread… …Read more
A student hands you a fancy cup they made of clay. How do you tell if it’s art? …Read more
RT @David_Tutin: @JQMatt @Rainmaker1973 …Read more
What happens if you fly a jet into a nuclear power plant? …Read more
RT @an9r3a: “Infinite gratitude for the #past. Infinite service to the #present. Infinite responsibility to the #future.” #Zen …Read more
RT @dvcoolarun: Maintenance is all around us. On every level from the cellular up to the societal, human life is driven by the essential drama of maintaining, of ensuring continued survival and working against the drive of entropy. from :: @stewartbrand …Read more
RT @davidtlang: @bencasnocha “Old systems break in familiar ways. New systems break in unexpected ways.” @stewartbrand in The Maintenance Race …Read more
This is how a proper dual system works. US system is similar, somewhat more away from metric, thanks to Ronald Reagan (and me, ranting in the distance). …Read more
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