Long-Term Thinking—a Short-Term Priority

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.

See the post-event Summary: Rx for a Better Future: Wisdom Over Recklessness

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.


“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.


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.


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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