THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION

Making long-term thinking more common.

www.longnow.org

 

The year is 02017. The Long Now Foundation uses five-digit dates, the extra zero is to solve the deca-millennium bug which will come into effect in about 8,000 years....now thats long term thinking.

 

In design and product design you are always thinking about trends. Micro trends, major trends, how long will they last, how will they evolve and shape behavior. What is on the horizon in this accelerating culture? When my eyeballs are tired of looking I let my ears do the work and listen to seminars on the Long Now website. Deeply informative and dedicated to long term thinking, below are a few of the seminars I recommend listening to.

 

1. Steven Johnson | Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

http://longnow.org/seminars/02017/jan/04/wonderland-how-play-made-modern-world/

 

“You will find the future wherever people are having the most fun,”

Objects of play are not frivolous they are actually significant drivers of change and progress in society. Johnson is a wonderful speaker.

 

2. Andy Weir | The Red Planet for Real

http://longnow.org/seminars/02015/oct/27/red-planet-real/

 

Andy talks about how he self published The Martian on Amazon chapter by chapter with the help of the public and science geeks fact checking his work. Highly entertaining Andy talks about the making of the movie and the technical challenges of getting humans to Mars.

3. Edward O Wilson | The Social Conquest of Earth

http://longnow.org/seminars/02012/apr/20/social-conquest-earth/

 

The amazing evolutionary biologist asks what is the force in evolution that set humans (and ants) apart from the rest of the species on the planet. What does this mean for the future of humanity?

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© 2017 Nora O’Rourke