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Blog Archive for the ‘Seminars’ Category

Robert Neuwirth – “The 21ist Century Medieval City”

by Stewart Brand on June 13th, 02005

World squatter reality Humanity is urbanizing at a world-changing pace and in a world-changing way. A billion squatters are re-inventing their lives and their cities simultaneously. One of the few to experience the range of the phenomenon first hand is Robert Neuwirth, author of SHADOW CITIES: A BILLION SQUATTERS, A NEW URBAN WORLD. He took…  Read More

Will Jarvis – “Time Capsule Behavior”

by Stewart Brand on May 16th, 02005

Time capsule secrets High school classes and world’s fairs do it. Universities and builders and companies and municipalities do it. They bury little hoards of things they think people in the future will treasure— the future being ten years or ten thousand or never (most time capsules are immediately forgotten). Something strange, deep, and rather…  Read More

Stewart Brand – “Cities And Time”

by Simone Davalos on April 11th, 02005

A world made of cities Cities are the human organizations with the greatest longevity but also the fastest rate of change. Just now the world is going massively and unstoppably urban (governments everywhere are trying to stop it, with zero success). In a globalized world, city states are re-emerging as a dominant economic player. Environmental…  Read More

Spencer Beebe – “Very Long-term Very Large-scale Biomimicry”

by Stewart Brand on March 14th, 02005

The rainforests of home SPENCER BEEBE is founder and head of Ecotrust, the Portland-based organization that is setting in motion a permanently prosperous conservation economy for the entire Pacific Coast from San Francisco north to Alaska— the temperate rain forest also known as “Salmon Nation.” SPENCER BEEBE began his Seminar About Long-term Thinking last night…  Read More

Roger Kennedy – “The Political History of North America from 25,000 BC to 2100 AD”

by Simone Davalos on February 11th, 02005

Ancient American politics ROGER KENNEDY, the former head of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and former Director of the US National Park Service, is so eloquent that Walt Kelly based a “Pogo” character on him (the bear P.T. Bridgeport, whose speech balloons are circus posters). Roger Kennedy’s most driving current interest is the…  Read More

James P. Carse – “Religious War in Light of the Infinite Game”

by Stewart Brand on January 17th, 02005

Finite and infinite games Countless readers have been hooked by the opening line of James P. Carse’s FINITE AND INFINITE GAMES— “There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other, infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing…  Read More

Ken Dychtwald – The Consequences Of Human Life Extension”

by Stewart Brand on December 6th, 02004

What long life means Ken Dychtwald gave a terrific talk Friday evening to a standing-room audience on “The Consequences of Human Life Extension.” The growing—and soon overwhelming—prevalence of the old in developed nations is leading to a “new old.” Ken described meeting a bright-eyed apparent 70-year-old who talked about his gym workouts. “I asked when…  Read More

Michael West – “The Prospects of Human Life Extension”

by Stewart Brand on November 15th, 02004

Ever longer life Our germline cells (eggs and sperm) are already immortal. What if the rest of the cells of our body could acquire the same ability? Tissue by tissue, one degenerative disease after another, it could gradually happen in the course of one or two human generations. When it does happen, what we mean…  Read More

Paul Hawken – The Long Green

by Stewart Brand on October 18th, 02004

The long green The environmental movement has moved on. It has become so deep and wide that it adds up to something new entirely, still unnamed. Whatever it is, it is now the largest movement in the world and the least ideological. Driven by science and patience, it is civilization-scale therapy. Paul Hawken co-authored the…  Read More

Danny Hillis – “Progress on the 10,000-year Clock”

by Stewart Brand on September 13th, 02004

“How’s the Clock coming?” Everyone connected with The Long Now Foundation or with Danny Hillis hears that question all the time. “Progress on the 10,000-Year Clock,” Danny Hillis — Friday, September 10, 7pm, Fort Mason Conference Center, San Francisco. Doors open for coffee and books at 7pm; lecture is promptly at 8pm. You may want…  Read More