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Blog Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Jared Diamond – “How Societies Fail-And Sometimes Succeed”

by Simone Davalos on July 18th, 02005

On failing to think long-term

Sophisticated societies from time to time collapse utterly, often leaving traces of a civilization that was at a proud peak just before the fall. Other societies facing the same dangers figure out how to adapt around them, recover, and go on to further centuries of success. Tonight the author. . .   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. . .   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. . .   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. . .   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. . .   Read More

Daniel Janzen – “It’s ALL Gardening”

by Stewart Brand on April 12th, 02004

Mega gardening

Big as life and twice as opinionated, the renowned preservation biologist DANIEL JANZEN spoke for The Long Now on Friday, April 9, 2005. His perspective on preservation may be jarring to some: “It’s ALL Gardening”.

DAN JANZEN is most widely known for his heroic efforts helping set all of Costa Rica on. . .   Read More

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