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Last Day of the Interval Brickstarter: Put Your Name on Our Wall

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 02014 by Mikl Em
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Tonight is your last chance to become an Interval Charter Donor
all donors by 9pm Pacific on 10/1/02014 will be listed on our Donor Wall
at The Interval in San Francisco. Please help us reach our goal!

Today culminates two years of raising funds to build and open The Interval at Long Now.

We have had an incredible response from people around the world donating to help us complete Long Now’s new home which is also a gathering place for our members and the public. Only a few hours left and we are getting ever closer.

Thanks so much to all of you who have donated to our ‘brickstarter’ so far

If we make the goal we’ll throw a big party for our Charter Donors and the top donors will get a special tasting session with the Gin Possibility Machine that will be our Bespoke Gin Robot.

We hope you will consider a donation, or just spread the word to help us reach our participation goal of 1000 Charter Donors.

But just by the fact you are reading this blog means you’re showing an interest in long-term thinking. So thanks to you, because you are a part of realizing our mission to help everyone think more in the long now.

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Long Quotes: Larry Lessig

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 02012 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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Larry’s Lessig’s very last remark at his SALT talk, ending the Q & A, was this:

“When you feel the impossibility of really thinking about the ten thousand year horizon, you’ve got to access that part in each of us which knows that the rational calculation is not the only reason we do things.  We celebrate doing things that are plainly irrational—loving our children, loving our country, loving our planet—even though we’ll never see any of those things come to the perfection we imagine.”

Long Quotes: Lenin

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 02011 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”.  – Lenin

(thanks to @JPBarlow for this one)

Long Quotes: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 02011 by Tyler Emerson
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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Long Quotes: Peter Thiel

Posted on Monday, December 6th, 02010 by Tyler Emerson
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“We’ve had a loss of the sense of the frontier. We have to reclaim that.”
Peter Thiel

Long Quotes: Mae West

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 02010 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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“Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly”
- Mae West

Long Quotes: John Kao

Posted on Tuesday, November 23rd, 02010 by Tyler Emerson
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“We need to see our work on innovation as involving disciplined practice, not the quest for short-term wins. This is an obvious problem in our instant-gratification, quarterly-earnings-based culture in which corporate managers (and politicians) are evaluated and rewarded based on their success at maintaining a continuous upward trend that produces immediate results. At times, it seems like the question ‘What have you done for me lately’ approaches the status of a business model. If resource allocation, decision-making processes, and career-path planning all obey a short-term logic, while the important challenges facing both organizations and society are mostly long term, isn’t the disconnect obvious?”
John Kao

Long Quotes: Michael Cronin

Posted on Monday, November 8th, 02010 by Tyler Emerson
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“It is often said that what people strive for is the greatest happiness of the greatest number, but it is worth bearing in mind that the greatest number have not yet been born. Therefore, when we speak about the greatest good, what we really mean is the longest good. There is not much we can do to improve the quality of life of those who are already dead on this island, but we can do immeasurable good to improve the quality of lives of those who will be born or come to live on this island. In order to give force to this notion of the longest good, we need to make the taking of long-term responsibility the most important political and cultural issue of our time.”
Michael Cronin

Long Quotes: Ted Turner

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 02010 by Tyler Emerson
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Quotes related to long-term thinking. A new series. Have a favorite quote? Share it with us in comments.

“We’ve got to start planning for the future and doing intelligent things, not the dumb things we’ve been doing. We are already in real trouble, but I like to liken it to a baseball game. Young people ask me, ‘Where do we stand?’ It’s the seventh inning. We’re down by two runs. The game’s not over. The game’s not over. We can still turn it around. We’ve gotta hold them right where we are by putting our best relief pitcher in, and we’ve gotta put three runs on the board in the last two innings. My first president of the Turner Foundation used to say, with a wink in his eye, ‘The situation is hopeless, but I could be wrong.’ If things are going to get turned around, young people are going to be the ones to do it, because my generation is worn out. We need a long-term plan for humanity. We need to be planning for a thousand years out.”
Ted Turner

Long Quotes: Dean Kamen

Posted on Monday, August 30th, 02010 by Tyler Emerson
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“I think our society is no longer properly valuing the intangible potential of innovation, even if we have to be a little uncomfortable with the risks associated with it, and a little bit willing to fail, pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and try again. We don’t seem to want to do that as much as we used too.”
Dean Kamen