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

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.

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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