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Blog Archive for the ‘Manual for Civilization’ Category

How Can We Create a Manual For Civilization?

by Ahmed Kabil on June 7th, 02017

“WHAT BOOKS would you want to restart civilization from scratch?” The Long Now Foundation has been involved in and inspired by projects centered on that question since launching in 01996. (See, for example, The Rosetta Project, Westinghouse Time Capsules, The Human Document Project, The Survivor Library, The Toaster Project, The Crypt of Civilization, and the…  Read More

How Hard Would It Be To Restart Civilization From Scratch?

by Ahmed Kabil on April 24th, 02017

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. That’s what Designer Thomas Thwaites learned when he set himself the challenge of building his own, from start to Pop Tarts. He smelted ore, coaxed plastic out of oil, and toiled towards a prototype that worked for…  Read More

George Dyson’s Selections for The Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 8th, 02017

Some time ago I stopped in to visit the author George Dyson at his shop and home north of Seattle to walk through his book collection and get his suggestions for our collection of books called the Manual for Civilization. We’ve done similar personal library tours with Kevin Kelly, Megan and Rick Prelinger, Neal Stephenson,…  Read More

Lewis Dartnell at The Interval: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch on March 24 02015

by Mikl Em on March 21st, 02015

Tuesday, March 24, 02015 Lewis Dartnell (University of Leicester / European Space Agency) The Knowledge: Rebuilding Our World From Scratch at The Interval Tickets on sale now advanced tickets suggested This Tuesday in San Francisco Long Now welcomes British astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell to our Conversations at The Interval series to discuss his latest book The…  Read More

Growing A Book For One Hundred Years

by Catherine Borgeson on October 28th, 02014

It started with a seed planted in the mind of Scottish artist Katie Paterson when she made the connection between tree rings and chapters of books. Now several years in the making, Paterson’s vision will unfold over the next century in her artwork Future Library–an ambitious and evolving piece that will outlive Paterson and most…  Read More

The Manual for Civilization takes The Knight Foundation News Challenge

by Mikl Em on October 18th, 02014

What captures your imagination about the future of libraries? That’s the question asked by The Knight Foundation in an open call for innovative library projects. There have been 680 proposals from around the country, and only a few days remain to give feedback and “Applaud” your favorites.  We think our Manual for Civilization project fits well with The Knight…  Read More

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

by Mikl Em on October 1st, 02014

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…  Read More

David Brin, Bruce Sterling & Daniel Suarez – Manual for Civilization Lists

by Mikl Em on September 29th, 02014

Photo by Particia Chang Our brickstarter drive for The Interval at Long Now ends October 1, 02014. Please consider a donation today to support completing The Interval, the home of the Manual for Civilization. The Manual for Civilization is a crowd-curated collection of the 3500 books you would most want to sustain or rebuild civilization. It is also the library at…  Read More

Science Fiction to Science Fabrication Talk at The Interval July 1, 02014

by Mikl Em on June 16th, 02014

Tickets are on sale for Science Fiction to Science Fabrication July 1, 02014 at The Interval Artist/maker/hacker Dan Novy (Novysan) is an Emmy award-winning transmedia storyteller with a background in theater, a host of film and television credits, and a research/PHD-candidate position at the MIT Media Lab. Last fall he and his colleague Sophia Bruckner taught Science Fiction to Science Fabrication (aka “Pulp…  Read More

Manual for Civilization Book List from Mark Pauline of Survival Research Labs

by Mikl Em on May 2nd, 02014

Photo of Mark Pauline by Karen Marcelo What information is essential to sustaining civilization? What books would you want to have if we had to start from scratch? What references would we need available to rebuild what we have today? Long Now is collecting 3,500 books based on those questions to form a Manual for Civilization….  Read More