Help Plan the Biggest Party EVER, To Be Held In 02269!

On Sunday, May 2, 02021, at 4:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. GMT, the 2269 Project and Long Now Boston invite you to a Long Now Boston Community conversation and celebration with Michael Ogden and Peter Dean, creators of the 2269 Project.

Zoom Room opens at 3:45 p.m. ET — come early and meet other Long Now thinkers. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

The party starts at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 2. But you can Jumpstart the conversation by filling out a fun pre-event survey:  CLICK HERE!

It’s time to celebrate the reawakening of the world from winter, from COVID, and from short term thinking! 

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On Sunday, May 2, 02021, at 4:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. GMT, the 2269 Project and Long Now Boston invite you to a Long Now Boston Community conversation and celebration with Michael Ogden and Peter Dean, creators of the 2269 Project.

What will the world be like in the year 02269?  How will our descendants take pleasure in their daily lives and celebrate the advances of the prior 250 years? Mike and Peter posed these questions a few years ago, and decided there was no time to waste before planning the greatest party of all time! The 2269 Project began with the production of an invitation poster designed to last 250 years. Each invitation will trace its own history of ownership and succession, linking future holders to each other and to those of us alive in 02021 who have the foresight to think far into the future.

Will your descendants be there? How will they dress? What games will they play? What food and drinks will they enjoy? What surprises will they discover as they open the time capsule containing the best that culture, art and literature of the past 250 years has produced?

Long Now Boston and the 2269 Project also invite you to contribute ideas via the pre-event survey (CLICK HERE!).  Respondents will be entered into a drawing for a free 2269 print to be held during the event on May 2.  Survey responses must be submitted by April 25 to be compiled before the May 2 conversation.  Mike and Pete will also offer an exclusive poster discount code to all those joining the event.

There will also be a virtual party following the conversation (BYOB only, please).  Join us for a convivial and inspiring conversation. Help imagine the future. Take a step towards the global celebration of a better future for our descendants.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution. 

General admission is $5; admission is free for students with ID. 

Audience participation is required.  😁

If Eventbrite tickets sell out pre-event, admission for walk-ups is unlikely to be available.

About the speakers:

Peter Dean runs Kite.  In 2012 he painstakingly recreated the Victorian circus poster that inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to write the song Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite! The following year, and with a little help from his friend Michael Ogden, he created the Time Traveller’s Invitation poster at the heart of Stephen Hawking’s famous time-travel experiment. In addition, Peter runs Novagram, a creative agency in London.

Michael Ogden is an award-winning Creative Director. He has successfully developed original concepts across multiple platforms. Michael has directed a virtual reality experience, now out in 130 arcades, co-authored 2DO Before I Die, a non-fiction book of ideas published in nine languages, worked extensively with Pixar’s story team, created and co-hosted Crowd Scene, a podcast about entrepreneurs, and led a creative concepts team at Sony PlayStation.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Mike & Pete, from London, to the Long Now Boston community.

Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.

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Inspiring Climate Change Action

On June 1, 02020, Long Now Boston welcomed climate activist Curt Newton, who led an interactive virtual workshop on climate change. Curt introduced our audience to En-ROADS, a science-based tool that simulates various environmental parameters, resulting in potential climate change solutions. By manipulating these parameters using the En-ROADS simulator, Curt demonstrated the connectivity of these parameters and the contribution that each has on potentially stabilizing global temperature and sea-level rise over the coming decades. En-ROADS is an educational tool that can help individuals and institutions think long-term about climate change and the policy options that can make a difference.

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En-ROADS: Exploring Climate Change Futures

En-ROADS: Exploring Climate Change Futures

An experiential-learning workshop on climate change impact and institutional policy. With Curt Newton, En-ROADS Climate Ambassador.

See After-Event Summary HERE.

Date: Monday, June 1st, 02020 7:00-8:30PM (via Zoom)
Zoom Room opens at 6:30PM for music and slides.
Presentations start @ 7pm
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Tickets for En-ROADS June 1.

Description:

Global pandemics aside, climate change remains the most critical threat to human survival. A shortage of collective will, however, continues to be the biggest obstacle to positive change. What’s required for our society/culture/globe of villages to reach consensus, and what type of change is possible? Climate activist Curt Newton can help us answer some of those questions.

Curt uses Climate Interactive’s En-ROADS simulation model to help organizations approach the challenge from a public policy perspective. We’ll look at a variety of factors including energy, transportation, industry, population growth, land use, and others. None of these are siloed. They are all interconnected. What are the consequences, and uncertainties, when the metrics change on any one, or multiples, of these influencers?

The En-ROADS tool is science-based and literally allows us to move the needle on any of the factors, resulting in endless scenarios. With Curt’s help, we’ll analyze the different simulated outcomes. explore ways to increase climate literacy, and discuss reforms institutions can enact now to mitigate future political and environmental risk.

Other questions up for discussion”

  • Studies have shown that more data and more accurate models are not particularly helpful in inspiring action on climate change. How is En-ROADS different?
  • En-ROADS demonstrates that it will be challenging, yet still possible, to achieve a tolerable level of global temperatures and sea-level rise in the next century — how can this work to inspire engagement and action?
  • What are the most successful ways of motivating people and institutions to make the changes necessary in the short run in order to secure significant long term benefits?

This is an interactive workshop with many opportunities for audience participation. Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

Ticket price is $5. Students w/ID free. Members free – please use your code.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Eventbrite tickets may sell out – we are limiting the size of this event.

About the speaker:

Curt Newton is Director of MIT OpenCourseWare, which freely shares materials from thousands of MIT courses used by millions of learners and educators around the world. Prior to joining OCW in 2004, he worked at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs as a communications network systems engineer and co-founded a data network equipment startup.

Curt serves on the steering team of 350 MA and is a trained Climate Reality Project Leader. Curt co-produced and co-hosted 3 seasons of the Climate Conversations podcast; helped launch and build the ClimateX online climate change community that became MIT’s climate portal; and was staff representative on the MIT Climate Action Advisory Committee.

Curt’s participation in a 2016 World Climate Simulation game introduced him to Climate Interactive’s work. He learned to facilitate World Climate, with a personal interest in reaching high school communities (being a parent of two young people). He has facilitated En-ROADS games and workshops for high school classes and enrichment programs, graduate-level education students, a global network of education innovators, workplaces, citizens, and the MIT community.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Curt to the Long Now Boston community.

Long Now Boston strives to bring cutting-edge content and thoughtful conversations to our community. Please join the conversation and be part of the solution. Charter Membership with Long Now Boston supports our organization and provides access to our conversations, and special opportunities for members-only events. Learn more at Membership.

Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long
Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.

Climate Change and the Future of the Boston Coastline

Climate Change and the Future of the Boston Coastline

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

November 27, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Kirk Bosma, P.E. Woods Hole Group and Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., UMass Boston

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

“Well I love that dirty water…Oh, Boston, you’re my home”

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Deep Uncertainty and Dynamic Adaptation

November 27, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Kirk Bosma, P.E. Woods Hole Group and Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., UMass Boston\

Boston is a coastal city with a complex of rivers, dams, harbors and islands. By the end of this century, under the foreseeable range of global warming scenarios, Boston could experience a sea level rise ranging from 2.4 to 7.4 feet.

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The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction

The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

October 2, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Richard Mallah and Lucas Perry, The Future of Life Institute [FLi]

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

What happens when we ask the algorithms to make decisions for us – decisions that may have life and death consequences?

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Charting the Past and Future Transformations of our Housing Infrastructure

September 10, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Barry BluestoneProfessor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Tamara M. RoyPrincipal with Stantec, Boston, and past President of the Boston Society of Architects and 
Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, Rose and Partners Architects, Boston

While we often think of cities in terms of skylines, business activity and public buildings or monuments, their primary function is the housing of people.  The patterns and forms of that housing are critical to the life of a city, and they reflect a complex interplay of demographics, economics, public policies, cultural aspirations and aesthetics.

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The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

September 10, 02018A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Barry Bluestone, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Tamara M. Roy, Principal with Stantec, Boston, and past President of the Boston Society of Architects and
Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, Rose and Partners Architects, Boston

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

Three of Boston’s pre-eminent leaders in housing and urban design will guide this Long Now Boston conversation on the future of housing.

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