Code of Engagement at Long Now Boston

We want all of the members and guests of Long Now Boston events to feel comfortable in our spaces, both in person and online. We have created a code of engagement to summarize our expectations for group interactions. We wish to encourage participant’s voices to be heard, with respect and inclusion. Our formal code is described here.

Long Now Boston is dedicated to fostering long-term thinking in the Greater Boston area. We are committed to bringing together individuals and partner organizations to generate inclusive and stimulating conversations focused on the concept of the deep past as well as the far future. The purpose of this statement is two-fold: i) to serve as a guideline for internal conduct among members of the Long Now Boston community that reflects the values of Long Now Boston and ii) to share with partners and collaborators as a statement of our values and our expectations for engagement.

Long Now Boston is committed to nurturing an atmosphere of mutual respect and collaborative curiosity. Together with our membership and partners, we seek to create spaces where we learn and share. We are serious about creating an environment that is inclusive, supportive, curious and open-minded. We are mindful of the existence of  disrespectful and harmful  attitudes and behaviors – such as racism, sexism, and oppression of any kind – and we strive to overcome and counteract these biases and behaviors.

Partners will have a mission and set of values that align with those of Long Now Boston. Partnerships set up with Long Now Boston will have a clear set of expectations and open lines of communication with allowance for growth and evolution.

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! 


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.


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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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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Long Now Boston has started a podcast series, created from our conversation series. We’ve started with the conversations from our 02019-02020 series. Now you can listen to Long Now Boston conversations wherever you are! See below, or search for “Long Now Boston” wherever you get your podcasts.

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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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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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Long Now Boston City Nature Celebration 02020: Observing the Urban Environment

April was Global Citizen Science month. To celebrate, people around the world took part in various citizen projects, from observing the night sky to measuring rainfall. Long Now Boston joined in by participating in the City Nature Challenge. The City Nature Challenge was founded and is organized by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. It is an international celebration of biodiversity observed and documented in and around urban areas. 

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