Long-Term Thinking—a Short-Term Priority

A Long Now Boston Conversation Author and Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkataraman, on encouraging long-term thinking in a short-term-driven world.

Monday, March 2, 02020, at the Cambridge Innovation Center.  Moderated by author and scholar William Powers.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the conversation begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available Eventbrite.

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“If no one else seems to care about the future, why should I?” Short-term thinking can lead to disillusionment and cynicism. Author and Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkatarman provides a refreshing counterpoint to negative thinking in her 2019 book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, named a top business book by The Financial Times and one of the year’s best books by AmazonScience Friday, and National Public Radio.

Through research, anecdotes, and case studies drawn from her background in public policy, climate change strategy, and journalism, Bina builds the case for long-term thinking, and shares practical tactics for employing it. Bina will lead a Long Now Boston conversation, moderated by author and scholar William Powers, on March 2 on topics such as:

  • How can we sharpen our own long-term thinking?
  • What are some key ways to build a culture of long-term thinking?
  • How can we encourage long-term thinking in business, media, and government?

Join Bina and other Long Now thinkers at the Cambridge Innovation Center and be part of the solution. Doors open at 6 p.m.; conversation begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Biographies:

Bina Venkataraman is a journalist, author, and policy expert, and editorial page editor of The Boston Globe. Bina served as senior advisor for climate change innovation in the Obama White House and was director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. A frequent public speaker, she has appeared at the TED mainstage and Aspen Ideas, on NPR and MSNBC, and at university campuses around the world. Bina is an alumna of Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School and has received a Fulbright scholarship, a Princeton in Asia fellowship, a Metcalf fellowship, and a James Reston fellowship. Bina’s book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, was published in September 02019.  

William Powers is an author, journalist, and technologist, and author of the New York Times’s 2010 bestseller Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. He is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. William has served as a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab and as a staff writer for the Washington Post. A frequent speaker and award-winning journalist, he has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Japan Society. 

We’re proud and excited to welcome Bina Venkataraman and William Powers to the podium at this Long Now Boston community conversation.

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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.

Conscious Capitalism – A Radical Transformation of Business Culture

Conscious Capitalism – A Radical Transformation of Business Culture

NOTE: Presentation starts early — at 6:30pm

On Monday, February 3, 02020, Professor Raj Sisodia will review the history of capitalism and its challenges and explore the concept of “conscious capitalism” focused on higher purpose, long-term thinking and collaborative, enduring and empathic relationships among all stakeholders.

SPECIAL GUESTS:  

The evening will feature an extended post-talk Conversation on how to bring the principles of Conscious Capitalism and long term thinking into our own lives and institutions, with Raj and two of his Conscious Capitalism colleagues, Doug Rauch, former President of Trader Joe’s and founder/President of Daily Table, and Neha Sangwen MD, CEO / Founder of Intuitive Intelligence, coaching leaders and organizations on transforming and healing toxic cultures.

Copies of Raj’s latest book The Healing Organization (2019) will also be available for purchase at a discount.

Rajendra Sisodia, PhD, is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business at Babson College and author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (2014, with John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market), and The
Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World
(2019, with Michael Gelb), as well as nine other books. He is co-founder and co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Join Raj and other Long Now thinkers at this Long Now Boston Conversation Series event at the Cambridge Innovation Center.

Presentation starts early — at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers – Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Conscious Capitalism.

Description:

Over the past two centuries, free-enterprise capitalism has delivered immense benefits to human civilization. The adjusted standard of living worldwide has increased by over 1,500 percent since 1800, while population increased more than 8,000 percent. Thanks to business activity, global trade and technological innovations, vastly more people are living longer and much more comfortable lives.

Yet capitalism faces significant challenges today and its reputation is in severe decline. According to Raj, the key problem is with the ideology that capitalism gets good results through the self-interested choices of market participants and that success is due to the “survival of the fittest.” This ideology planted the seeds that led to an increasingly short-term focus for businesses and investors in recent decades. The idea that businesses should focus on long-term goals and on the overall welfare of customers, employees, communities as well as investors, has been lost.

The solution, which Raj and his colleagues have carefully laid out, is to rebuild a business culture based on enlightened “conscious capitalism.” Businesses designed and led on the basis of conscious capitalism understand that success is a function of healthy, mutually beneficial relationships in the business ecology, including customers, suppliers, investors, employees, unions, communities, regulators, government and, critically, the natural environment on which we all rely.

Among the questions Raj will address:

  • What are the key features of conscious capitalism and how is it working?
  • How does a business operating under the principles of conscious capitalism deal with success and failure?
  • How does conscious capitalism get enforced and reinforced in the real world?
  • What would the world look like, in terms of well-being, relative inequality, poverty, health and personal fulfillment, under a fully conscious capitalist economy in a century? In a millennium?

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Raj Sisodia to the podium at this Long Now Boston community conversation.

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

Long Now Boston FLASH TALKS 02020 !

January 6, 7PM at the CIC Venture Café. Doors open at 6PM.
Admission is free, but attendees must be registered: Tickets Here.

Envisioning the Future!  

The following five selected presentations will serve as the starting point for conversation and discussion about the future of humanity. 

  • Post or Perish: In the future, celebrities will be from STEM fields. Will you be among the first?  Presented by Fredo Darling, Creative Director and freelance Media Producer.
  • The secret sauce for human thriving!  Promoting human empathic virtue to ensure a brighter, happier future.  Presented by George Gantz, writer, philosopher, retired business executive and grandfather of eight.
  • Dark Instincts: Resist Tribal Adaptations and Move Toward Utopia.  Presented by Robin Harper, with many interests including Researcher and Infographic Writer on human nature, health, and politics.
  • The idiots guide for killing monopolies and creating star trek economies.  Presented by Nathan Towianski, Business consultant working on DAO and collaborative business models and software.
  • Mirrors for Earth’s Energy Rebalancing (MEER:ReflEction): Resource-driven engineering for leveraging Earth’s chemistries to immediately offer remediation.  Presented by Ye Tao, Fellow at the Rowland Institute at Harvard.

Bring your enthusiasm, your questions and your ideas for a thought-provoking evening, from the perspective of Long Now thinking.  The program will be highly interactive, and the audience will be asked to select their favorite presentation!  The winner will receive a $100 reward!

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

Admission is FREE but tickets are required.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Ye, Nathan, Robin, George and Fredo to the podium at this Long Now Boston community conversation.

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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.

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Searching for Life in Deep Space

On December 2, 02019, Professor Avi Loeb takes Long Now Boston to the frontiers of cosmic discovery and exobiology.  

Professor Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science and Chair of Astronomy at Harvard, Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation, Founding Director of the Black Hole Initiative, Chair of both the Breakthrough Starshot Advisory Committee and the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space science. 

See post-event summary here: Life Among the Stars

December, 02019, at CIC, 1 Broadway, Cambridge MA
Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers.
Presentations start @ 7pm

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Future Humans and the Price of Progress

Future Humans and the Price of Progress

A Long Now Boston Conversation with James Hughes (IEET) and Nir Eisikovits (UMAEC).

November 4, 02019, at CIC, 1 Broadway, Cambridge MA
Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers
Presentations start @ 7pm

See the post-event Summary: How Humans and Technology Co-Evolve

Humans invent technology to shape the world — but technology also reshapes humans.  What will future humans be like?

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Long-term Loonshots: The Science of Phase Transitions and the Course of World History

Sept. 9, 02019: Long-term Loonshots: The Science of Phase Transitions and the Course of World History

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Safi Bahcall, Author of Loonshots (02019).

See the post-event Summary here.

Monday, September 9, 02019: 7PM at the CIC Venture Café — Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers

Why did modern science ignite in 17th -century Western Europe when China, Islam, and India had been so much more advanced for 1,000 years? How does understanding the behavior we see in a glass of water help us understand the fate of companies and empires? How can we use these insights to help our institutions shape the next 1,000 or 10,000 years? 

Safi Bahcall is the author of the 2019 NYT Bestseller — Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

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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.

Fourth Annual Long Now Boston Summer Party | Saturday Aug 17 02019

Long Now Boston would love you to join us — Saturday, August 17, from 1pm to 5pm — in celebration of our 5th season of remarkable deep time conversations.

The event summary has been posted here!

This annual intimate summer gathering is already famous for connecting local Long Now enthusiasts. This year we’ve raised the bar by welcoming some very special guests:

Stewart Brand, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation
Esther Dyson, founder of Wellville and chairman of EDVenture Holdings
• and Ryan Phelan, co-founder and executive director of Revive & Restore
Danny Hillis and Taylor Milsal, our hosts, will also be on hand.

All of them promise to share updates on current projects, and there will plenty of opportunity for discussion.

We look forward to seeing you soon, getting to know you better and looking at the world together through a Long Now lens.

Light refreshments served

$100/person — General Admission — only 20 Tickets available.

A wait list will start after initial tickets are spoken for; if additional spots become available, wait list folks will be contacted.

Tickets will be availably only from Meetup for this event.

Fourth Annual Long Now Boston Summer Party

Saturday, Aug 17, 2019, 1:00 PM

54 Garfield St
54 Garfield St Cambridge, MA

28 Long Now Boston Enthusiasts Attending

Long Now Boston would love you to join us — Saturday, August 17, from 1pm to 5pm — in celebration of our 5th season of remarkable deep time conversations. This annual intimate summer gathering is already famous for connecting local Long Now enthusiasts. This year we’ve raised the bar by welcoming some very special guests: • Stewart Brand, co-founde…

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