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.

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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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.

Continue reading “How to Foster Deep Time Thinking”

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. 

Continue reading “DearTomorrow: Envisioning a sustainable future in a time of climate change”

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