Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking

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Explore hundreds of lectures by scientists, historians, artists, entrepreneurs, and more through The Long Now Foundation’s award-winning lecture series, curated and hosted by Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog). Recorded live in San Francisco each month since 02003, past speakers include Brian Eno, Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Earle, Daniel Kahneman, Jennifer Pahlka, Steven Johnson, and many more. Watch video of these talks and learn more about our projects at Longnow.org. The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to fostering long-term thinking and responsibility.
Niall Ferguson: Networks and Power
Nov 19, 2018 • 90 min
Mary Lou Jepsen: Toward Practical Telepathy
Oct 29, 2018 • 89 min
Stewart Brand: Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary Celebration
Oct 13, 2018 • 120 min
Julia Galef: Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren’t built for truth, and how we can change that
Sep 12, 2018 • 92 min
Juan Benet: Long Term Info-structure
Aug 6, 2018 • 89 min
George P. Shultz: Perspective
Jul 16, 2018 • 63 min
Chris D. Thomas: Are We Initiating The Great Anthropocene Speciation Event?
Jun 19, 2018 • 100 min
Benjamin Grant: Overview: Earth and Civilization in the Macroscope
May 22, 2018 • 81 min
Kishore Mahbubani: Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?
Apr 23, 2018 • 91 min
Steven Pinker: A New Enlightenment
Mar 13, 2018 • 92 min
Michael Frachetti: Open Source Civilization and the Unexpected Origins of the Silk Road
Feb 26, 2018 • 1 min
Charles C. Mann: The Wizard and the Prophet
Jan 22, 2018 • 87 min
Elena Bennett: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene
Nov 20, 2017 • 79 min
Renee Wegrzyn: Engineering Gene Safety
Oct 30, 2017 • 81 min
David Grinspoon: Earth in Human Hands
Sep 6, 2017 • 91 min
Nicky Case: Seeing Whole Systems
Aug 7, 2017 • 78 min
Carolyn Porco: Searching for Life in the Solar System
Jul 24, 2017 • 85 min
James Gleick: Time Travel
Jun 5, 2017 • 80 min
Geoffrey B. West: The Universal Laws of Growth and Pace
May 23, 2017 • 94 min
Frank Ostaseski: What the Dying Teach the Living
Apr 10, 2017 • 92 min
Bjorn Lomborg: From Feel-Good to High-Yield Good: How to Improve Philanthropy and Aid
Mar 13, 2017 • 90 min
Jennifer Pahlka: Fixing Government: Bottom Up and Outside In
Feb 1, 2017 • 84 min
Steven Johnson: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
Jan 4, 2017 • 83 min
Douglas Coupland: The Extreme Present
Nov 1, 2016 • 88 min
David Eagleman: The Brain and The Now
Oct 4, 2016 • 81 min
Jonathan Rose: The Well Tempered City
Sep 20, 2016 • 84 min
Seth Lloyd: Quantum Computer Reality
Aug 9, 2016 • 104 min
Kevin Kelly: The Next 30 Digital Years
Jul 14, 2016 • 90 min
Brian Christian: Algorithms to Live By
Jun 20, 2016 • 90 min
Walter Mischel: The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control
May 2, 2016 • 86 min
Priyamvada Natarajan: Solving Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Apr 11, 2016 • 91 min
Jane Langdale: Radical Ag: C4 Rice and Beyond
Mar 14, 2016 • 87 min
Stephen Pyne: Fire Slow, Fire Fast, Fire Deep
Feb 9, 2016 • 84 min
Eric Cline: 1177 B.C.: When Civilization Collapsed
Jan 11, 2016 • 87 min
Philip Tetlock: Superforecasting
Nov 23, 2015 • 95 min
Andy Weir: The Red Planet for Real
Oct 27, 2015 • 70 min
James Fallows: Civilization’s Infrastructure
Oct 6, 2015 • 81 min
Saul Griffith: Infrastructure and Climate Change
Sep 21, 2015 • 101 min
Sara Seager: Other Earths. Other Life.
Aug 10, 2015 • 81 min
Ramez Naam: Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity
Jul 22, 2015 • 86 min
Neil Gaiman: How Stories Last
Jun 9, 2015 • 103 min
Beth Shapiro: How to Clone a Mammoth
May 11, 2015 • 86 min
Michael Shermer: The Long Arc of Moral Progress
Apr 14, 2015 • 86 min
Paul Saffo: The Creator Economy
Mar 31, 2015 • 83 min
David Keith: Patient Geoengineering
Feb 17, 2015 • 88 min
Stewart Brand, Paul Saffo: Pace Layers Thinking
Jan 27, 2015 • 57 min
Jesse Ausubel: Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities
Jan 13, 2015 • 95 min
Kevin Kelly: Technium Unbound
Nov 12, 2014 • 87 min
Larry Harvey: Why The Man Keeps Burning
Oct 20, 2014 • 91 min
Drew Endy: The iGEM Revolution
Sep 16, 2014 • 96 min
Anne Neuberger: Inside the NSA
Aug 6, 2014 • 89 min
Adrian Hon: A History of the Future in 100 Objects
Jul 16, 2014 • 81 min
Stefan Kroepelin: Civilization’s Mysterious Desert Cradle: Rediscovering the Deep Sahara
Jun 10, 2014 • 99 min
Sylvia Earle, Tierney Thys: Oceanic
May 20, 2014 • 96 min
Tony Hsieh: Helping Revitalize a City
Apr 22, 2014 • 93 min
Mariana Mazzucato: The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Private vs. Public Sector Myths
Mar 24, 2014 • 98 min
Brian Eno, Danny Hillis: The Long Now, now
Jan 21, 2014 • 89 min
Richard Kurin: American History in 101 Objects
Nov 18, 2013 • 81 min
Adam Steltzner: Beyond Mars, Earth
Oct 15, 2013 • 89 min
Peter Schwartz: The Starships ARE Coming
Sep 17, 2013 • 76 min
Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow
Aug 13, 2013 • 77 min
Craig Childs: Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth
Jul 29, 2013 • 95 min
Ed Lu: Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them
Jun 18, 2013 • 89 min
Stewart Brand: Reviving Extinct Species
May 21, 2013 • 89 min
Nicholas Negroponte: Beyond Digital
Apr 17, 2013 • 91 min
George Dyson: No Time Is There—- The Digital Universe and Why Things Appear To Be Speeding Up
Mar 19, 2013 • 91 min
Chris Anderson: The Makers Revolution
Feb 19, 2013 • 90 min
Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo: The Statues Walked — What Really Happened on Easter Island
Jan 17, 2013 • 100 min
Peter Warshall: Enchanted by the Sun: The CoEvolution of Light, Life, and Color on Earth
Nov 28, 2012 • 117 min
Lazar Kunstmann, Jon Lackman: Preservation without Permission: the Paris Urban eXperiment
Nov 13, 2012 • 94 min
Steven Pinker: The Decline of Violence
Oct 8, 2012 • 93 min
Tim O’Reilly: Birth of the Global Mind
Sep 5, 2012 • 96 min
Elaine Pagels: The Truth About the Book of Revelations
Aug 20, 2012 • 75 min
Cory Doctorow: The Coming Century of War Against Your Computer
Jul 31, 2012 • 88 min
Benjamin Barber: If Mayors Ruled the World
Jun 5, 2012 • 88 min
Susan Freinkel: Eternal Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
May 22, 2012 • 88 min
Charles C. Mann: Living in the Homogenocene: The First 500 Years
Apr 23, 2012 • 99 min
Edward O. Wilson: The Social Conquest of Earth
Apr 20, 2012 • 92 min
Mark Lynas: The Nine Planetary Boundaries: Finessing the Anthropocene
Mar 6, 2012 • 89 min
Jim Richardson: Heirlooms: Saving Humanity’s 10,000-year Legacy of Food
Feb 22, 2012 • 86 min
Lawrence Lessig: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It
Jan 17, 2012 • 92 min
Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 6
Dec 8, 2011 • 83 min
Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge
Nov 30, 2011 • 94 min
Laura Cunningham: Ten Millennia of California Ecology
Oct 17, 2011 • 91 min
Timothy Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times
Sep 14, 2011 • 85 min
Geoffrey B. West: Why Cities Keep on Growing, Corporations Always Die, and Life Gets Faster
Jul 25, 2011 • 109 min
Peter Kareiva: Conservation in the Real World
Jun 27, 2011 • 91 min
Carl Zimmer: Viral Time
Jun 7, 2011 • 92 min
Tim Flannery: Here on Earth
May 3, 2011 • 91 min
Ian Morris: Why the West Rules - For Now
Apr 13, 2011 • 98 min
Alexander Rose: Millennial Precedent
Apr 5, 2011 • 52 min
Matt Ridley: Deep Optimism
Mar 22, 2011 • 97 min
Mary Catherine Bateson: Live Longer, Think Longer
Feb 9, 2011 • 88 min
Philip K. Howard: Fixing Broken Government
Jan 18, 2011 • 94 min
Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 5
Dec 16, 2010 • 89 min
Rachel Sussman: The World’s Oldest Living Organisms
Nov 15, 2010 • 68 min
Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought
Oct 26, 2010 • 107 min
Stewart Brand, Jane McGonigal: Long Conversation 19 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 17 min
Jane McGonigal, Tiffany Shlain: Long Conversation 18 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Paul Hawken, Tiffany Shlain: Long Conversation 17 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Katherine Fulton, Paul Hawken: Long Conversation 16 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Stuart Candy, Katherine Fulton: Long Conversation 15 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Stuart Candy, Danese Cooper: Long Conversation 14 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Danese Cooper, Peter Schwartz: Long Conversation 13 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Peter Schwartz, Pete Worden: Long Conversation 12 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Ken Foster, Pete Worden: Long Conversation 11 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Melissa Alexander, Ken Foster: Long Conversation 10 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Melissa Alexander, Ken Wilson: Long Conversation 9 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
John Perry Barlow, Ken Wilson: Long Conversation 8 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
John Perry Barlow, Violet Blue: Long Conversation 7 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 20 min
Violet Blue, Robin Sloan: Long Conversation 6 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Robin Sloan, Jill Tarter: Long Conversation 5 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Emily Levine, Jill Tarter: Long Conversation 4 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Saul Griffith, Emily Levine: Long Conversation 3 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Jem Finer, Saul Griffith: Long Conversation 2 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 19 min
Stewart Brand, Jem Finer: Long Conversation 1 of 19
Oct 16, 2010 • 20 min
Martin Rees: Life’s Future in the Cosmos
Aug 2, 2010 • 99 min
Jesse Schell: Visions of the Gamepocalypse
Jul 27, 2010 • 109 min
Frank Gavin: Five Ways to Use History Well
Jul 12, 2010 • 100 min
Ed Moses: Clean Fusion Power This Decade
Jun 16, 2010 • 98 min
Nils Gilman: Deviant Globalization
May 3, 2010 • 94 min
David Eagleman: Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization
Apr 1, 2010 • 102 min
Beth Noveck: Transparent Government
Mar 4, 2010 • 104 min
Alan Weisman: World Without Us, World With Us
Feb 24, 2010 • 102 min
Stewart Brand, Brian Eno, Alexander Rose: Long Finance: The Enduring Value Conference
Feb 1, 2010 • 39 min
Wade Davis: The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
Jan 13, 2010 • 109 min
Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 4
Dec 4, 2009 • 106 min
Sander van der Leeuw: The Archaeology of Innovation
Nov 18, 2009 • 89 min
Stewart Brand: Rethinking Green
Oct 9, 2009 • 90 min
Arthur Ganson: Machines and the Breath of Time
Sep 14, 2009 • 83 min
Wayne Clough: Smithsonian Forever
Aug 17, 2009 • 86 min
Raoul Adamchak, Pamela Ronald: Organically Grown and Genetically Engineered: The Food of the Future
Jul 28, 2009 • 100 min
Paul Romer: A Theory of History, with an Application
May 18, 2009 • 54 min
Michael Pollan: Deep Agriculture
May 5, 2009 • 58 min
Gavin Newsom: Cities and Time
Apr 8, 2009 • 61 min
Daniel Everett: Endangered languages, lost knowledge and the future
Mar 20, 2009 • 65 min
Dmitry Orlov: Social Collapse Best Practices
Feb 13, 2009 • 60 min
Saul Griffith: Climate Change Recalculated
Jan 16, 2009 • 56 min
Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
Dec 19, 2008 • 70 min
Drew Endy, Jim Thomas: Synthetic Biology Debate
Nov 17, 2008 • 63 min
Huey Johnson: Green Planning at Nation Scale
Oct 3, 2008 • 63 min
Peter Diamandis: Long-term X-Prizes
Sep 12, 2008 • 70 min
Neal Stephenson: ANATHEM Book Launch Event
Sep 9, 2008 • 19 min
Daniel Suarez: Daemon: Bot-mediated Reality
Aug 8, 2008 • 78 min
Edward Burtynsky: The 10,000-year Gallery
Jul 23, 2008 • 76 min
Paul Ehrlich: The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment
Jun 27, 2008 • 76 min
Iqbal Quadir: Technology Empowers the Poorest
May 21, 2008 • 75 min
Niall Ferguson, Peter Schwartz: Historian vs. Futurist on Human Progress
Apr 28, 2008 • 100 min
Craig Venter: Joining 3.5 Billion Years of Microbial Invention
Feb 25, 2008 • 109 min
Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The Future Has Always Been Crazier Than We Thought
Feb 4, 2008 • 87 min
Paul Saffo: Embracing Uncertainty: the secret to effective forecasting
Jan 11, 2008 • 85 min
Joline Blais, Jon Ippolito: At the Edge of Art
Dec 14, 2007 • 86 min
Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Enduring Principles for Changing Times
Nov 9, 2007 • 80 min
Juan Enriquez: Mapping the Frontier of Knowledge
Oct 12, 2007 • 89 min
Rip Anderson, Gwyneth Cravens: Power to Save the World
Sep 14, 2007 • 104 min
Alex Wright: Glut: Mastering Information Though the Ages
Aug 17, 2007 • 93 min
Francis Fukuyama: ‘The End of History’ Revisited
Jun 28, 2007 • 72 min
Paul Hawken: The New Great Transformation
Jun 8, 2007 • 71 min
Steven Johnson: The Long Zoom
May 11, 2007 • 86 min
Frans Lanting: Life’s Journey Through Time
Apr 27, 2007 • 13 min
Brian Fagan: We Are Not the First to Suffer Through Climate Change
Mar 9, 2007 • 79 min
Vernor Vinge: What If the Singularity Does NOT Happen?
Feb 15, 2007 • 90 min
Philip Tetlock: Why Foxes Are Better Forecasters Than Hedgehogs
Jan 26, 2007 • 73 min
Philip Rosedale: ‘Second Life:’ What Do We Learn If We Digitize EVERYTHING?
Nov 30, 2006 • 74 min
Larry Brilliant, Katherine Fulton, Richard Rockefeller: The Deeper News About the New Philanthropy
Nov 3, 2006 • 74 min
John Baez: Zooming Out in Time
Oct 13, 2006 • 87 min
Orville Schell: China Thinks Long-term, But Can It Relearn to Act Long-term?
Sep 22, 2006 • 88 min
John Rendon: Long-term Policy to Make the War on Terror Short
Jul 14, 2006 • 90 min
Brian Eno, Will Wright: Playing with Time
Jun 26, 2006 • 100 min
Chris Anderson, Will Hearst: The Long Time Tail
May 12, 2006 • 89 min
Jimmy Wales: Vision: Wikipedia and the Future of Free Culture
Apr 14, 2006 • 76 min
Kevin Kelly: The Next 100 Years of Science: Long-term Trends in the Scientific Method.
Mar 10, 2006 • 78 min
Stephen Lansing: Perfect Order: A Thousand Years in Bali
Feb 13, 2006 • 79 min
Ralph Cavanagh, Peter Schwartz: Nuclear Power, Climate Change and the Next 10,000 Years
Jan 13, 2006 • 102 min
Sam Harris: The View from the End of the World
Dec 9, 2005 • 81 min
Clay Shirky: Making Digital Durable: What Time Does to Categories
Nov 14, 2005 • 96 min
Freeman Dyson, George Dyson, Esther Dyson: The Difficulty of Looking Far Ahead
Oct 5, 2005 • 81 min
Ray Kurzweil: Kurzweil’s Law
Sep 23, 2005 • 105 min
Robert Fuller: Patient Revolution: Human Rights Past and Future
Aug 12, 2005 • 61 min
Jared Diamond: How Societies Fail-And Sometimes Succeed
Jul 15, 2005 • 71 min
Robert Neuwirth: The 21st Century Medieval City
Jun 10, 2005 • 79 min
Stewart Brand: Cities & Time
Apr 8, 2005 • 81 min
Spencer Beebe: Very Long-term Very Large-scale Biomimicry
Mar 11, 2005 • 75 min
Roger Kennedy: The Political History of North America from 25,000 BC to 12,000 AD
Feb 25, 2005 • 84 min
James Carse: Religious War In Light of the Infinite Game
Jan 14, 2005 • 87 min
Ken Dychtwald: The Consequences of Human Life Extension
Dec 3, 2004 • 124 min
Michael West: The Prospects of Human Life Extension
Nov 12, 2004 • 84 min
Paul Hawken: The Long Green
Oct 15, 2004 • 79 min
Danny Hillis: Progress on the 10,000-year Clock
Sep 10, 2004 • 66 min
Phillip Longman: The Depopulation Problem
Aug 13, 2004 • 61 min
Jill Tarter: The Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence: Necessarily a Long-term Strategy
Jul 9, 2004 • 81 min
Bruce Sterling: The Singularity: Your Future as a Black Hole
Jun 11, 2004 • 97 min
David Rumsey: Mapping Time
May 14, 2004 • 100 min
Daniel Janzen: Third World Conservation: It’s ALL Gardening
Apr 9, 2004 • 86 min
Rusty Schweickart: The Asteroid Threat Over the Next 100,000 Years
Mar 12, 2004 • 91 min
James Dewar: Long-term Policy Analysis
Feb 13, 2004 • 69 min
George Dyson: There’s Plenty of Room at the Top: Long-term Thinking About Large-scale Computing
Jan 9, 2004 • 90 min
Peter Schwartz: The Art Of The Really Long View
Dec 12, 2003 • 127 min
Brian Eno: The Long Now
Nov 14, 2003 • 77 min