Curating Content To Support Learning About Humanity's Transition

Posts tagged with:  Civilization

By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 17 Nov 21

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 Jin Zan CC-BY-SA-3.0 Sometime in the late 01980s or early 01990s, five-time Long Now Speaker Neal Stephenson needed a word to describe a world within the world of his novel Snow Crash. The physical world of Snow Crash is a dystopia, dominated by corporations and organized crime syndicates without much difference in conduct. The novel’s main characters are squeezed to the fringes of the “real world,” forced to live in …

The Future and the Past of the Metaverse 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 Jin Zan CC-BY-SA-3.0 Sometime in the late 01980s or early 01990s, five-time Long Now Speaker Neal Stephenson needed a word to describe a world within the world of his novel …

The Future and the Past of the Metaverse Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 10 Nov 21

During COP 26, as he was on route to the G20 summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had an extraordinary message. Civilization could collapse “like the Roman empire”, he warned, “unless we get this right in tackling climate change.”   “Humanity, civilization and society can go backwards as well as forwards and when they start to go wrong, they can go wrong at extraordinary speed,” he said.   The UK Prime Minister’s recognition that civilizations can experience a life cycle of growth and collapse is a milestone. But understanding what’s really driving the risk of going “backwards” is crucial to navigating our …

The Next Economy: Why the growth and degrowth debate misses the point Read More »

During COP 26, as he was on route to the G20 summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had an extraordinary message. Civilization could collapse “like the Roman empire”, he warned, “unless we get this right in tackling climate change.”   “Humanity, civilization and society can go backwards as well as forwards and when they start to go wrong, they can go …

The Next Economy: Why the growth and degrowth debate misses the point Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 26 Aug 21

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 population movement through a perhaps surprising source: pepper genetics. The study bases its findings on a dataset of over 10,000 pepper (C. annuum) genomes collected from gene banks the world over. A research team led by Dr. Pasquale Tripodi of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA) in Italy devised a novel method to compare relative genotypic overlaps, or RGOs, between pepper samples from different regions. The study’s method …

A Global History of Trade, As Told Through Peppers 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 population movement through a perhaps surprising source: pepper genetics. The study bases its findings on a dataset of over 10,000 pepper (C. annuum) genomes collected from gene banks the world …

A Global History of Trade, As Told Through Peppers Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 26 Aug 21

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 population movement through a perhaps surprising source: pepper genetics. The study bases its findings on a dataset of over 10,000 pepper (C. annuum) genomes collected from gene banks the world over. A research team led by Dr. Pasquale Tripodi of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA) in Italy devised a novel method to compare relative genotypic overlaps, or RGOs, between pepper samples from different regions. The study’s method …

A Global History of Trade, As Told Through Peppers 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 population movement through a perhaps surprising source: pepper genetics. The study bases its findings on a dataset of over 10,000 pepper (C. annuum) genomes collected from gene banks the world …

A Global History of Trade, As Told Through Peppers Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Apr 21

INAUGURATION SPEECH FOR THE COCREATION FOUNDATION10 OCTOBER, 2020 BY JASCHA ROHRNASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron EvansNo one knows if it was Willy Brandt or Abraham Lincoln who said:“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT.”I would say:“THE BEST WAY TO LOSE FEAR OF THE FUTURE IS TO COCREATE IT.”To cocreate the future, we need to have an understanding of process: of patterns of process and of scale of process.We use to talk about climate change as if it is something we can work on, in the same time frame, as if we, for example, change an institution’s organization or …

SCALE OF PROCESS Read More »

INAUGURATION SPEECH FOR THE COCREATION FOUNDATION10 OCTOBER, 2020 BY JASCHA ROHRNASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron EvansNo one knows if it was Willy Brandt or Abraham Lincoln who said:“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT.”I would say:“THE BEST WAY TO LOSE FEAR OF THE FUTURE IS TO COCREATE IT.”To cocreate the future, we need to have an understanding …

SCALE OF PROCESS Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Apr 21

INAUGURATION SPEECH FOR THE COCREATION FOUNDATION10 OCTOBER, 2020 BY JASCHA ROHRNASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron EvansNo one knows if it was Willy Brandt or Abraham Lincoln who said:“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT.”I would say:“THE BEST WAY TO LOSE FEAR OF THE FUTURE IS TO COCREATE IT.”To cocreate the future, we need to have an understanding of process: of patterns of process and of scale of process.We use to talk about climate change as if it is something we can work on, in the same time frame, as if we, for example, change an institution’s organization or …

SCALE OF PROCESS Read More »

INAUGURATION SPEECH FOR THE COCREATION FOUNDATION10 OCTOBER, 2020 BY JASCHA ROHRNASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron EvansNo one knows if it was Willy Brandt or Abraham Lincoln who said:“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT.”I would say:“THE BEST WAY TO LOSE FEAR OF THE FUTURE IS TO COCREATE IT.”To cocreate the future, we need to have an understanding …

SCALE OF PROCESS Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 4 Feb 21

The Long Now Foundation · Jason Tester – Queering the Future: How LGBTQ Foresight Can Benefit All 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 to wicked problems, and new angles on innovation. Might a queer perspective hold some of the keys to our seemingly intractable issues? Tester brings his research in strategic foresight, speculative design work, and understanding of the activism and resiliency of LGBTQ communities together as he looks toward the future. Can we learn new …

Podcast: Queering the Future | Jason Tester Read More »

The Long Now Foundation · Jason Tester – Queering the Future: How LGBTQ Foresight Can Benefit All 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 to wicked problems, and new angles on innovation. Might a queer perspective hold …

Podcast: Queering the Future | Jason Tester Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 4 Feb 21

The Long Now Foundation · Jason Tester – Queering the Future: How LGBTQ Foresight Can Benefit All 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 to wicked problems, and new angles on innovation. Might a queer perspective hold some of the keys to our seemingly intractable issues? Tester brings his research in strategic foresight, speculative design work, and understanding of the activism and resiliency of LGBTQ communities together as he looks toward the future. Can we learn new …

Podcast: Queering the Future | Jason Tester Read More »

The Long Now Foundation · Jason Tester – Queering the Future: How LGBTQ Foresight Can Benefit All 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 to wicked problems, and new angles on innovation. Might a queer perspective hold …

Podcast: Queering the Future | Jason Tester Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 14 Dec 20

Few things inspire someone to take a longer view on history than the possibility of treasure in their own backyard. With people taking to their gardens under pandemic lockdown came more than 47,000 reported archaeological finds in England and Wales. Meanwhile, the British government just announced their plans to broaden what counts as “treasure” under law, expanding the definition to include items such as Bronze Age axes, Iron Age caldrons, and medieval weapons and jewelry. Their goal: to keep priceless history out of private collections. But giving museums dibs on historical artifacts does not seem to diminish their market value …

“Lockdown Gardening” Is The New Archaeological Frontier in Britain Read More »

Few things inspire someone to take a longer view on history than the possibility of treasure in their own backyard. With people taking to their gardens under pandemic lockdown came more than 47,000 reported archaeological finds in England and Wales. Meanwhile, the British government just announced their plans to broaden what counts as “treasure” under law, expanding the definition to …

“Lockdown Gardening” Is The New Archaeological Frontier in Britain Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 14 Dec 20

Few things inspire someone to take a longer view on history than the possibility of treasure in their own backyard. With people taking to their gardens under pandemic lockdown came more than 47,000 reported archaeological finds in England and Wales. Meanwhile, the British government just announced their plans to broaden what counts as “treasure” under law, expanding the definition to include items such as Bronze Age axes, Iron Age caldrons, and medieval weapons and jewelry. Their goal: to keep priceless history out of private collections. But giving museums dibs on historical artifacts does not seem to diminish their market value …

“Lockdown Gardening” Is The New Archaeological Frontier in Britain Read More »

Few things inspire someone to take a longer view on history than the possibility of treasure in their own backyard. With people taking to their gardens under pandemic lockdown came more than 47,000 reported archaeological finds in England and Wales. Meanwhile, the British government just announced their plans to broaden what counts as “treasure” under law, expanding the definition to …

“Lockdown Gardening” Is The New Archaeological Frontier in Britain Read More »


Scroll to Top