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Pace Layer Thinkers: Stewart Brand and Paul Saffo’s Conversation at The Interval, Recap and Full Audio

by Mikl Em on February 8th, 02015

Photo by Julie Momméja

On January 27, 02015 Long Now Foundation founding Board members Stewart Brand and Paul Saffo spoke at Long Now’s San Francisco venue The Interval about Pace Layers Thinking to a sold out crowd.
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Pace Layers Thinking: Paul Saffo and Stewart Brand @ The Interval — January 27, 02015

by Mikl Em on January 27th, 02015

“Pace Layers” diagram from Stewart Brand’s book “The Clock of the Long Now” January 27, 02015: Paul Saffo and Stewart Brand (Long Now Board members) Pace Layer Thinking at The Interval This talk is sold out. Long Now members can tune in for a live audio simulcast at 7:15 PT on January 27 In “Pace […]

The Thing from the Future: Prognostication Can Be Fun

by Ahmed Kabil on January 2nd, 02015

Imagining the future can be daunting, but The Thing from the Future card game makes it fun. While its creators the Situation Lab (a project of artist/designer Jeff Watson and Long Now fellow Stuart Candy) simply call it “an imagination game”, it’s quite an elegant factory for generating alternative futures.
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Oxford’s Oak Beams, and Other Tales of Humans and Trees in Long-Term Partnership

by Charlotte Hajer on December 31st, 02014

Here at Long Now, we often like to tell the story – or perhaps better said, legend – of the oak beams at New College in Oxford. First told to Stewart Brand by anthropologist Gregory Bateson, this short and simple story epitomizes the tremendous value we can reap from some long-term thinking.
Photo via Tripadvisor
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The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Carne Ross writes to John Burnside

by Andrew Warner on December 8th, 02014

In April, Long Now board member Esther Dyson wrote a letter to Carne Ross as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Nassim Taleb. Nassim Taleb then wrote to Stewart Brand, and Stewart wrote to Esther Dyson, who wrote. . .   Read More

Where Time Begins

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 20th, 02014

Last year I had the opportunity to give a talk and tour of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC at the invitation of Demetrios Matsakis, the director of the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Time Service department.  The Naval Observatory hosts the largest collection of precise frequency standards in the world, and uses them to, among […]

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 […]

How We Got To Now: new PBS show starring Steven Johnson

by Andrew Warner on October 15th, 02014

Tonight, October 15th 02014, former SALT Speaker Steven Johnson’s new TV series premieres on PBS. The show, “How We Got To Now”, is co-produced by PBS and BBC, and focuses on different themes showing how long cumulative efforts can result in massive systemic change. The first of the six episodes, “Clean”, focuses on. . .   Read More

What Nuclear Waste Management Can Teach Us About Deep Time

by Charlotte Hajer on October 4th, 02014

Many suggest we have entered the Anthropocene – a new geologic epoch ushered in by humanity’s own transformations of Earth’s climate, erosion patterns, extinctions, atmosphere and rock record. In such circumstances, we are challenged to adopt new ways of living, thinking and understanding our relationships with our planetary environment. To do so, anthropologist Richard Irvine […]

David Eagleman: Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization — Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on August 22nd, 02014

In April 02010 author and neuroscientist David Eagleman proposed several internet-enabled ways to avoid the collapse of civilization. Eagleman is a Guggenheim Fellow known for his research on time perception and synesthesia; his books include the best-seller Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Twice a month we highlight a Seminar About Long-term. . .   Read More

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