Feb 7, 02022: Flash Talks: A New Lens on the Future

Feb 7, 02021: Flash Talks: A New Lens on the Future

A flash-talk style conversation showcasing future leaders who represent the leading edge in their respective fields.

Date: Monday, Dec 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
Zoom room opens at 7:15 p.m. for music and slides
The conversation starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: 
Zoom

Long Now Boston welcomes 5 remarkable individuals to the 4th Annual Flash Talks. Our 2022 invited speakers are early career researchers, educators, and developers that are looking at problems and providing innovative solutions. Join us for a Long Now Boston conversation with fascinating talks by up and coming leaders from areas ranging from developing open learning platforms to robotics design.

  • The Future of Open Learning: Using digital technology to provide access to education. Presented by Katherine Ouellette, Communications Specialist at MIT Open Learning.
  • Space Enabled: Laying the foundation for the future of space exploration.  Presented by David Colby Reed, PhD candidate in the Space Enabled Lab at MIT Media lab. 
  • The MEER Framework: Solving the climate crisis necessitates coupling the overheating and the greenhouse gas problems. We summarize preliminary data consistent with the efficacy of sky-facing glass mirrors for enabling local adaptation while globally rebalancing Earth’s energy fluxes. Presented by Ye Tao, Harvard University.
  • Biology as Technology: Recoding the Future: Living things have been harnessed as a technology by humans for millennia. Synthetic biology is revolutionizing the way we think about the living world around us. Presented by Sudeep Agarwala, synthetic biologist and Program Director at Gingko Bioworks.
  • Developing Equitable Robot Design Processes: Technologies, including robots, can embed new inequalities and entrench existing ones, so we need to promote more equitable ways of designing robots. I focus on equitable design approaches that can be leveraged to incorporate more voices and values in the robot design process. Presented by Anastasia Ostrowski, PhD student and design researcher in the Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab.

Audience participation is encouraged for this event. Bring your enthusiasm and your questions for a thought-provoking evening from a Long Now perspective. 

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

The conversation will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. Login information and password will be provided to registrants prior to the event. Login begins at 7:15PM; the conversation begins at 7:30PM

Free Admission: Tickets are available on Eventbrite:  https://flashtalks2022.eventbrite.com

About the speakers:

Katherine Ouellete is a writer, communications specialist, and open learning advocate at MIT Open Learning. She is interested in transforming teaching and learning through the innovative use of digital technologies. Katherine creates content on several cutting edge technologies for the MIT Open Learning newsletter and is also a freelance contributor for WBUR.

David Colby Reed is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, where he is a member of the Space Enabled research group and cofounder of the Space Governance Collaborative. His research focuses on designing participation, voice, and equity into the architectures of complex systems like law, economies, and technologies.

Dr. Sudeep Agarwala is a synthetic biologist at Ginkgo Bioworks. He is fascinated by how microbes can be engineered to produce different compounds to address issues around resource limitation and climate change. Sudeep is passionate about science communication and public engagement around genetic engineering and biotechnology. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post and Grow Magazine. He is currently under contract with Harvard University Press.

Dr. Ye Tao developed the MEER Framework (Mirrors for Earth’s Energy Rebalance) while serving as a Principal Investigator at the Rowland Institute at Harvard between 2016 and 2021.   Dr. Tao is currently on a European lecture tour, after presenting at COP26, to widely disseminate information foundational to the survival and future prosperity of the human animal.

Anastasia Ostrowski is a PhD student and design researcher at the MIT Media Lab. Her work focuses on equitable design of robots, including co-design and participatory design approaches.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Katherine, David, Ye, Sudeep, and Anastasia  to the Long Now Boston community.


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

Dec 6, 02021: Architecture: A Deep Time Perspective

Dec 6, 02021: Architecture:  A Deep Time Perspective

PLEASE NOTE: In response to the increasing level of COVID cases in Massachusetts recently, we have decided to move the Long Now Boston Architecture Event on Monday Dec 6 to an all-virtual format. In-person tickets will be refunded, and you are invited to please join us online.

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Cristina Parreño Alonso, architect, educator, artist.

Date: Monday, Dec 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
Zoom room opens at 7:15 p.m. for music and slides
The conversation starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: 
Zoom

We think of architecture as the buildings where we live and work.  We rarely think about those buildings from a deep time perspective, considering their complete life cycles and the roles they play in shaping human lives and human cultures.  Yet buildings define our physical spaces and shepherd us through our entire lives.  These ubiquitous, often dominating structures and spaces are largely taken for granted.

Cristina Parreño Alonso studies and teaches architecture from a deep time perspective, and she explores these ideas in her teaching, her design and in exhibited works in public spaces.  Her goal is to help our society understand and appreciate the deep time significance of the architectural landscape, in order to help us transform our relationships with the past and the future, with each other, and with the natural world.

Among the questions Cristina will explore include:

  • Materiality – where do all the materials in our buildings come from?  And where are they going?
  • Humanity – how does architectural design promote or undermine human relationships?  Can we do better?
  • Connectivity – why has architecture so often excluded and rejected nature?  Is there a better way to integrate humans and nature and reinforce their intimate and vital interconnectedness?

Please join Cristina and other long-term thinkers at this Long Now Boston Community Conversation on Monday December 6, to be held virtually via Zoom.

About the speaker:

Cristina Parreño Alonso is an architect, designer, and educator at the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT where her research Transtectonics explores cultural and environmental implications of expanded temporal sensibilities in architectural material practice. Her tectonic translations—material transfers across mediums and temporal scales, human and more-than-human—embody narratives that are told in the form of essays, exhibitions, and through architectural projects and installations that activate public spaces.

Her firm, Cristina Parreño Architecture, has won several awards and architectural competitions. In 2014 she obtained the European award “40 under 40”. In 2015 she was selected emerging firm at the “Design Boston Biennial” where she exhibited her piece “Tectonics of Transparency: The Tower”. In 2017 she was selected by the City of Boston to install the permanent art installation “Deep Time Stories of JP” in the Hyde Square of Jamaica Plain in Boston. Her work was on view at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, in 2020, and she is one of the architects exhibiting in La Biennale di Venezia, 2021. As well as MIT Cristina has taught design studios at the State University of NY at Buffalo and Harvard GSD.

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

Zoom login begins at 7:15 p.m.; the conversation begins at 7:30 p.m.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$5 virtual. Members and students with ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will be unlikely to be available due to room size.


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

Nov 1, 02021: Timescales and Contours of Extinctions: Past and Future

Nov 1, 02021: Timescales and Contours of Extinctions: Past and Future

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Andrew Knoll, the Fisher Research Professor of Natural History at Harvard University and author of ‘A Brief History of Earth’ (02021).

Date: Monday, Nov 1, 7:30 p.m. ET
CIC doors open at 7 p.m., Zoom room opens at 7:15 p.m. for music and slides
The conversation starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: 
In Person and Zoom

The geologic record documents five periods when Earth’s biodiversity fell rapidly and dramatically.  These mass extinction events highlight the interconnectedness between the geological and biological Earth.  Most of us are familiar with the dramatic end to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, when a 10 km meteorite hit the Earth, creating the Chicxulub crater. But few of us realize that the biggest mass extinction in Earth’s history actually occurred more than 250 million years ago. In a timeframe of roughly 1 million years (an instant in geologic timescales), enormous quantities of lava poured out of the Earth, creating the basalt formation known as the Siberian Traps and releasing massive volumes of CO2.  Could the rapid, continuing increases in atmospheric carbon in the current era, and the resulting sixth mass extinction, have a similar trajectory?

Andy Knoll is an expert on the intertwined histories of Earth’s geology and the evolution of life, and he has been directly involved in research on the extinction event that accompanied the Siberian Traps.  In his view, the contours of the deep time geologic record of that event provides a useful mirror for understanding the global disruptions to expect in the coming age.  Large quantities of CO2 are again entering the atmosphere at incredible rates and their impact will cascade through the biological and geological record for millennia to come.  Among the questions to be considered:

  • What features might be observed in the future geological record as a result of the current 6th extinction event?
  • What timescale might we expect for major disruptions in the biosphere to occur, and what is the realistic timescale of recovery, if carbonization were to be reversed?
  • Given the rapid rise of atmospheric carbon, what are the most significant challenges for maintaining biological diversity? 
  • In addition to reducing the rate at which fossil fuels are being burned, what interventions might be helpful in mitigating the disruptions?

Please join Andy and other Long Term thinkers for this conversation on Monday November 1,  02021, to be held at the CIC Havana Room, 1 Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge MA.

About the speaker:

Andrew H. Knoll is the Fisher Research Professor of Natural History at Harvard University.  He attended Lehigh and Harvard and has served on the faculty of Oberlin and Harvard, where he has served as chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  An award-winning educator and author,  Andy’s research focuses on the early evolution of life and Earth’s Precambrian environmental history.  He has served on a number of Boards and Commissions, including the Board of the National Museum of Natural History and the subcommittee of the International Commission of Stratigraphy that established the Ediacaran Period.  His latest book is A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters (02021), a copy of which will be awarded as a door prize at the Long Now Boston event.

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

CIC opens at 7 p.m; Zoom login begins at 7:15 p.m.; the conversation begins at 7:30 p.m.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$15 in person, $5 virtual. Members and students with ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will be unlikely to be available due to room size.


Please note:  The health of our community is of the utmost concern. Our event partner, the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), is following CDC guidelines for public gatherings. To attend this event in person, we require you to be fully vaccinated (honor system), wear a mask, and provide an email in case contact tracing needs to be implemented. Limited seating of 20 is available for this event and walk-ins will not be allowed. When securing your spot via Eventbrite, please keep in mind that only one ticket per person is allowed (your email address will be collected then). The number of spaces opened for this event will allow for physical distancing as needed. Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the space. For more detail about the on-site safety protocol for the CIC, please visit https://cic.com/covid19.

If the situation changes, we are prepared to continue holding strictly online events. In this case, your in-person ticket will be converted to online access. We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility as we navigate the shifts we are experiencing with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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

Sept 13, 02021: Make Time for the Future

Sept 13, 02021: Make Time for the Future

Date: Monday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. ET
CIC doors open at 7 p.m., Zoom room opens at 7:15 p.m. for music and slides
The conversation starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: 
In Person and Zoom

Long Now Boston has been meeting for five years. Now, as we in the Boston region (hopefully) begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to look back at our progress and look forward to our challenges. We invite you to join us for that conversation at a hybrid live/virtual Conversation Series event hosted by the Cambridge Innovation Center, on Monday September 13, 02021, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the founders of Long Now Boston, we will be joined by a panel of esteemed former speakers:

Preston Estep, genome scientist, vaccine rationalist, entrepreneur, author
Andrew L. Russell, educator, author, maintainer
Cristina Parreño Alonso, architect, educator, deep time thinker
James Hughes, bioethicist, sociologist, change-maker
Paul Kirshen, professor, engineer, climate adaptation
Lee Vinsel, professor, author, maintainer

Please sign up now on Eventbrite, as we take stock of our past and envision our future.  

  • What have we learned from our 40 Conversation Events and the remarkable speakers that led those conversations?
  • What are the best ideas we’ve heard to help make long-term thinking a short-term priority?
  • What other organizations and thinkers might we look to as collaborators to further our collective goals?
  • What “long now” insights need to be shared more broadly, and what are the best methods for sharing these?
  • What do you think we should aspire to as an organization, as a region, as a civilization?

We hope you can make it!

– Bill, Grant, George, Kim, Mary, Leonie, Gary, Jennifer, Jon, Anuraag, and the team

Postscript:  Five years may seem a long time, but in the context of human technology and civilization it is a mere speck.  From the geological lens, it is invisible.  Yet human activities, for good and bad, are now changing the world at geologic scales in timeframes measured in years.  We are commercializing space travel, engineering gene lines and building human networks across the globe.  Yet we are also poisoning the biosphere, stockpiling weapons that threaten our survival, and failing to institute rational governance systems.  To quote Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities, 1859):

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

CIC opens at 7 p.m; Zoom login begins at 7:15 p.m.; the conversation begins at 7:30 p.m.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$15 in person, $5 virtual. Members and students with ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will be unlikely to be available due to room size.


Please note:  The health of our community is of the utmost concern. Our event partner, the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), is following CDC guidelines for public gatherings. To attend this event in person, we require you to be fully vaccinated (honor system), wear a mask, and provide an email in case contact tracing needs to be implemented. Limited seating of 20 is available for this event and walk-ins will not be allowed. When securing your spot via Eventbrite, please keep in mind that only one ticket per person is allowed (your email address will be collected then). The number of spaces opened for this event will allow for physical distancing as needed. Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the space. For more detail about the on-site safety protocol for the CIC, please visit https://cic.com/covid19.

If the situation changes, we are prepared to continue holding strictly online events. In this case, your in-person ticket will be converted to online access. We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility as we navigate the shifts we are experiencing with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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

June 7, 02021: Unsung Heroes of Technological Societies – The Maintainers

Old worn gears showing the importance of maintenance

June 7, 02021: Unsung Heroes of Technological Societies – The Maintainers

Zoom doors open @ 7:15PM — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Presentation starts at 7:30PM

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Lee Vinsel and Andrew Russell, authors of The Innovation Delusion – How Our Obsession with the New has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most (2020), and founders of The Maintainers.  A copy of the book will be offered as a door prize during the conversation!

The real heroes of the digital age, and all the technological revolutions that have come before, are not just the inventors and entrepreneurs that get all the glory.  It’s the hard-working men and women that build and maintain the infrastructure and perform the nitty-gritty engineering, manufacturing and maintenance that allows it all to work. In fact, the mythology of high-tech innovation and the short-termism it promotes is hiding two unsettling truths.  (1) Productivity growth has been slowing.  (2) Infrastructure has been ignored and underfunded.  Reforming the business practices and cultural attitudes that led us here is a critical priority in the efforts to build a thriving future for us all.

A maintenance mindset, and the long-term thinking it requires, is more important now than ever.  Lee and Andy will explain why, and provide concrete examples of how the growing Maintainers movement is leading the way.  From software to health care to education, Maintainers are keeping us safe, developing innovative and practical solutions to local and global problems and leading the way toward a more sustainable and equitable economy.

Among the questions the speakers will address:

What are the origins of the Innovation Delusion that is so prevalent in our high-tech economy?

How does the philosophy of maintenance demand long term thinking?

Why is a maintenance mindset critical to our future thriving?

What kind of long-term future do the Maintainers envision?

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

The conversation will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. Login information and password will be provided to registrants prior to event.

$5 General Admission

Students and Long Now Boston Charter Members free [must register at https://unsung-heroes-the-maintainers.eventbrite.com]

Login begins at 7:15 p.m.; the conversation begins at 7:30 p.m.

Audience participation is encouraged.

About the speakers:

Lee Vinsel is a professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech.

Andrew L. Russell is a professor of history and the dean of the College of Arts and Science at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Together they are the founders of the Maintainers research network and conferences, and authors of The Innovation Delusion.  Their work and writing on the topic of maintenance have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and WIRED magazine.

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

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

Reforming Medicine: Applying the Lessons of SARS-CoV-2

Surgical face mask

Feb 1 02021: Reforming Medicine: Applying the Lessons of SARS-CoV-2

Feb 1, 02021 Doors open at 7:15 pm Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers – Tickets are available on Eventbrite
Presentation starts at 7:30 pm ET

See After Event Summary HERE

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Preston Estep (RDVC) and Florian Krammer (CIVIC).

Continue reading “Reforming Medicine: Applying the Lessons of SARS-CoV-2”

FlashTalks 02021 — From Crisis To Innovation

Windmill, money, chemistry

Jan 4 02021: FlashTalks 02021 From Crisis To Innovation

Jan 4, 02021 Doors open @ 7:15 pm Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers – Tickets are available on Eventbrite
Presentation starts at 7:30 pm ET

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Joe Levine, PhD, Eleanor Murphy, Steve Wardell, and Emilia Javorsky, MD.

By nearly all measures, this past year brought significant disruption and disorientation. From intensified wildfires, Saharan windstorms, and glacial calving to massive job layoffs, a K-shaped recovery, and a booming stock market, to an international health crisis that has riveted our attention and threatened our lives, our liberties and our happiness, this has been a challenging year. 

The closer we look at these challenges, the clearer their complex interconnectedness becomes.  Everything is related to everything else.  Does this suggest there are also greater possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration to achieve rapid innovation? All is not doom and gloom! In fact, there are many on the front lines of research, education, and development looking at our present problems through an innovative Long Now lens.

Please join us in welcoming four remarkable big-picture thinkers to Long Now Boston’s 3rd Annual Flash Talks. Our guests will share what drives them to influence long term change. We’ll do a deep dive into sector-specific trends, the lights they see at the end of the tunnel, and the concepts each is fervently promoting for a better future.

Big Picture Topics We’ll Explore:

  • Climate Change/Global Change – What new language is required to talk about these complex interrelated forces?
  • Income Inequality – Is it effective to establish long-term plans in a time of crisis?
  • Healthcare – Who do research & development trends benefit…Pharma, or patients? Is healthcare a basic human right? 

Kim Novick and George Gantz (Board members of Long Now Boston) will facilitate the conversation.  As in past years, the goal of our Flash Talks will be to facilitate broader community conversation, so we will be inviting meeting participants to participate directly in the conversations.

Zoom doors open at 7:15pm ET — Come early and chat with other Long Now thinkers – Tickets are available on Eventbrite: https://from-crisis-to-innovation.eventbrite.com/

The main event starts at 7:30pm ET.
Join the conversation and be part of the solution. $5 in advance.
Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

About the Speakers

Joe Levine earned his PhD in Biology at Harvard University, and after teaching at Boston College, dedicated his life to improving science education and public understanding of science. Following a fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH, he produced science features for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, served as science advisor to NOVA, science advisor for several WGBH Science Unit projects, and helped launch Discovery Channel’s Discover Magazine. He co-authors the most widely used high school biology textbook in the United States, and is active internationally in providing professional development for science teachers. Joe was recently elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition for his work championing evolution and climate change education in public schools.

Eleanor Murphy, Director, Philanthropy and Engagement with Acumen, where she builds relationships with a variety of stakeholders to secure the resources needed to scale social enterprises and develop leaders across the globe that are tackling issues of poverty and injustice.  In doing so, she is constantly evaluating some of the world’s toughest problems –from gender inequity and climate change, to the next generation of leaders – and seeking out the most innovative solutions to address them.  Collaboration and partnership are core to her work (and what makes it fun!).  Eleanor is a graduate of Boston University and earned a Masters in Humanities from NOHA, the Network on Humanitarian Action.

Steven Wardell is a healthcare leader and analyst who grapples with the challenges of America’s healthcare system.  His focus is on addressing the challenges and opportunities as software “eats” traditional healthcare, healthcare payers demand value, and patients seek empowerment.  Steven runs Wardell Advisors, a consulting firm for innovative digital health companies.  He produces DigitalHealth InvestorTalk events for healthcare investors and company leaders.  He is the author of The Future of Digital Health, the founder of the Boston Chapter of Health 2.0, and a member of the Founders Circle of Long Now Boston. You can follow him at Twitter.com/StevenWardell.

Emilia Javorsky MD, MPH is focused on the invention, development and commercialization of new medical therapies using a problem-focused approach. She is also an advocate for the beneficial use of emerging technologies at the Future of Life Institute and Scientists Against Inhumane Weapons. Emilia received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, her masters from Boston University, her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, and completed her post-doctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently she is involved in early-stage life science ventures. She previously cofounded a skin health company, which was acquired in 2020. She was a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar to the European Union, World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper, and was previously a Forbes 30 Under 30  in Healthcare.

Why Be a Good Ancestor?

Why Be a Good Ancestor?

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Roman Krznaric, one of Britain’s leading public intellectuals.

Monday, Dec 7, 02020, 6:30 p.m. EST

This is a virtual event using Zoom. Login is open at 6:15 p.m. – come early and chat with other Long Now thinkers. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.


Consider this: There’s a general consensus that the world is in a moment of crisis. The increasingly interrelated and complex global challenges we face demand a holistic response. But we continually address our challenges in a short-term and knee-jerk fashion. Wouldn’t it be great if systems were in place or there were leadership incentives to leverage our resources and effect change on a grand scale?  

This short-term behavior is not limited to monumental issues like global warming, pandemics, or income inequality. They play out every day in our personal lives, businesses, and local civic institutions. We may be focused on next quarter’s results, planning for retirement, or an aspirational 20-year regional transportation plan. What would it take to think and act really long-term? To consider how our actions today impact the lives of those who are to come generations from now? It seems like a smart strategy, but it’s not so easy to achieve.

  • Is there a way to break free of our short term addiction? 
  • What are the benefits of seizing a long-term view?  
  • And… should we care?  
  • What value is there in spending time and effort to think about or work for the long term?

World renowned author and thinker Roman Krznaric will be in conversation with Grant Stephen (President of Long Now Boston) and with our audience over Zoom to explore these issues and to make the case for being a Good Ancestor.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$5 in advance. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

Login begins at 6:15 p.m.; the conversation begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 – students with ID are admitted for free. Get tickets at Eventbrite

About the speaker:

Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. Roman studied at the universities of Oxford, London, and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. He is founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and is currently a Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation.

Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs, and designers. 

In addition to his latest book, The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking, his previous books include Empathy, The Wonderbox, and Carpe Diem Regained.  They have been published in more than 20 languages.

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

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

DEFUSING BARRIERS TO DISCOVERY

DEFUSING BARRIERS TO DISCOVERY

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Artists Nicole L’Huillier and Nathan Miner

Monday, Oct 5, 02020, 7:30 p.m.

This is a virtual event using Zoom. Login is open at 7:00 p.m. – come early and chat with other Long Now thinkers. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.


Sometimes forgetting what you know is the best path forward. 

Long Now Boston is excited to welcome artists Nicole L’Huillier and Nathan Miner to our Conversation Series. This conversation will explore artistic research as a place of possibilities; an open-ended strategy of experimentation and failure that can lead to new modes of thinking and that reframes knowledge conventions. 

Knowledge can be a barrier to discovery, and as a species, humans are geared towards preemptive knowing without going deep. Art can undermine our habits of knowing and, as a form of resistance to our preconceived notions, it can erode presumptive knowledge to a core that is alive with multiplicities and alternative possibilities.

Our  speakers this month are artists whose transdisciplinary practices dynamically intersect with technology, science, and philosophy, and creatively challenge preconceptions as they expand the role of art in society.

The conversation will be moderated by Leonie Bradbury, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, and Distinguished Curator-in-Residence at Emerson College.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
Audience participation is encouraged.

Login begins at 7:00 p.m.; the conversation begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 – students with ID are admitted for free. Get tickets at Eventbrite

About the speakers:

NICOLE L’HUILLIER is a transdisciplinary artist from Santiago, Chile, currently based in Boston, MA. Through installations, performances, sculptures, compositions, and multiple transductions, her work explores human and non-human performativity, rituals of membranal and resonant architectures, as well as vibration and sound as construction materials for spaces, identity, and agency. She works at the intersection of music, art, architecture, science, and technology to challenge perceptual conventions and to open the possibility of new imaginaries. L’Huillier is part of the MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, where she explores the experimental forms and implications of art, expression and culture in outer space. Nicole is currently a PhD candidate and research assistant at MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group; she also holds a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences (2017) from MIT Media Lab.

NATHAN MINER lives and works in Boston, MA. Over the past decade, Miner has exhibited in many galleries, alternative art spaces and universities, including recent installations at Steven Zevitas Gallery, and Rafius Fane Gallery (Boston, MA), Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA) and the Museum of Art at University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH). His exhibitions have been reviewed by the Boston Globe and his work has been featured in Artpulse and Artscope magazines. Miner’s work belongs to the Wellington collection, among many private collections. Miner has been an artist in residence with Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA) and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT). He is currently pursuing a master’s of science in game science and design from the College of Art Media and Design at Northeastern University

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

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