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

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

Event Summary February 1 02021:  A conversation on SARS-COV2 inspired innovations, with Preston Estep and Florian Krammer.

Synopsis: The COVID-19 pandemic has been the single most disruptive event to strike the Globe in almost a century.  Those disruptions have disproportionately affected those with the least resources.  Yet the pandemic has also been a catalyst for innovations which will have long term benefits.  Among those are positive innovations in the biomedical field, specifically virus identification, advance preparation and advanced vaccine development and deployment, as well as critical lessons in global and national public health policy and administration.  

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How to Foster Deep Time Thinking

April 5, 02021: How to Foster Deep Time Thinking

April 5, 02021 Doors open at 7:15 pm ET
Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers; tickets are available on Eventbrite. Presentation starts at 7:30 pm ET

SPECIAL NOTICE: April brings two climate change themed events to the Long Now Boston community, both part of the month-long Cambridge MA Science Festival 2021! How to Foster Deep Time Thinking (see below) and Dear Tomorrow (April 19, 7:30PM), which offers an interactive program fostering personal, emotion-based conversations about climate change to inspire action towards a secure and sustainable future.

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Vincent Ialenti, and panel guests Bina Venkataraman and Cristina Parreno Alonso.

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DearTomorrow: Envisioning a sustainable future in a time of climate change

April 19, 02021: DearTomorrow: Envisioning a sustainable future in a time of climate change

Zoom Room opens at 7:15pm ET — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers. Tickets are available on Eventbrite; this event is free!
Presentation starts at 7:30pm ET

SPECIAL NOTICE: April brings two climate change themed events to the Long Now Boston community, both part of the month-long Cambridge MA Science Festival 2021!  The first is  How to Foster Deep Time Thinking (April 5, 7:30PM), with Vincent Ialenti and guests Bina Venkatarman and Cristina Parreno Alonso, which will explore society’s critical need to reverse the deflation of expertise and to confront the reality of Anthropocene climate challenge through the Mastery of Deep Time.  This is the second:  DearTomorrow (April 19, 7:30PM).

Long Now Boston, in a distributed partnership with the nonprofit DearTomorrow, is hosting a DearTomorrow event about climate change as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, featuring Jill Kubit, director and co-founder of DearTomorrow. 

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The RSA – Inspiring 250 Years Progress

The RSA – Inspiring 250 Years Progress

On September 14, 2020, Long Now Boston welcomed Dr. Anton Howes, historian of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for a conversation on the 250-year history of the RSA.  The RSA has demonstrated that non-profit, public interest organizations can live a long time – but they have to reinvent themselves constantly in the face of rapid social, cultural and technological change.  And they also have to have a powerful core vision.  For the RSA it is:

“Everyone is able to participate in creating a better future.”

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Perspectives on the Pandemic

A Long Now Boston Virtual Conversation

Long Now Boston has held two virtual conversations in the past month to identify how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting human society and culture and what the implications may be for us in the long term. The first conversation, with Long Now Boston volunteers, was held April 6. The second, open to Charter Members, was convened on May 11. While the perspectives are varied and the future trajectory of the virus and its impacts are highly uncertain, one thing seems clear:  The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be the most significant global disruption since the mid 20th century. How we collectively respond to it will shape the history of the 21st century.  

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Social and Cultural Innovations from COVID-19

Will the social and cultural innovations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic shift our trajectory in the 21st century and beyond? Long Now Boston invites you to a live conversation exclusively for charter members to discuss this important topic. What cultural shifts are we already seeing? Which societal changes are likely to take root? Please join us for a thought-provoking community-based discussion.

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation exclusively for Charter Members*

Date: Monday, May 11, 02020 7:30-9:00PM (via Zoom). The meeting is free, but we are limiting attendance to 20 Charter Members* and will be emailing Zoom credentials to registered members the day of the event. Please register early on Eventbrite.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most disruptive global event in a lifetime. As travel bans, social distancing and lock-downs precipitated by the novel Coronovirus have cascaded around the globe, people have been forced into novel patterns of working, living and socializing. The result has been a profusion of social and cultural innovations, some of which may last well beyond the end of the pandemic.

What is your perspective on the innovations that have changed work practices, social interactions, education, entertainment and culture. What innovations have you personally participated in? What has surprised or delighted you? What technologies have been essential in enabling these innovations? What changes are we seeing that you feel have lasting potential to effect positive social, cultural or institutional change in the long term?

This is an opportunity to share ideas with other Long Now Boston members and to be a part of our growing community. The conversation will be held on Zoom.

The Long Now Boston team 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: http://bit.ly/LNBmembers.

CANCELLED: DearTomorrow – Taking Action on Climate Change

CANCELLED: DearTomorrow – Taking Action on Climate Change

Long Now Boston is disappointed to confirm cancellation of the ‘Dear Tomorrow’ event, along with the rest of the Cambridge Science Festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We plan to reschedule our event for later in the year. Current registrants will be offered the first chance at tickets for a rescheduled ‘Dear Tomorrow’ program. 

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Rx for a Better Future: Wisdom Over Recklessness

A Long Now Boston conversation with Bina Venkataraman, March 2, 02020, Cambridge MA. 

In a world dominated by short-term thinking, it is easy to become cynical or jaded about human behavior and the long-term prospects for humanity. Bina Venkataraman has a solution – the pursuit of “wisdom over recklessness.”  Wisdom (“experience, knowledge, and good judgment”) can overcome recklessness (“lack of regard for the danger or consequences of one’s actions”), but it requires a different approach to what we measure, what we reward and what we imagine. Bringing this wisdom to bear on our individual and collective choices requires change and new tools at the individual, cultural and institutional levels, which Bina has documented in her book The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age. She offered great advice to a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Long Now Boston Conversation event on Monday March 2, 02020, at the CIC in Cambridge, with the help of moderator William Powers.

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CANCELLED: Long Now Boston at the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo!

CANCELLED: Long Now Boston at the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo!

Long Now Boston is disappointed to confirm cancellation of the ‘Craft a Superhero’ event, along with the rest of the Cambridge Science Festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We plan to propose our event again for a future Cambridge Science Festival. Be sure to look for us next time!

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