Journal Assignment: Come over and take a look at Stewart Brand's Long Now Foundation:
Challenge yourself to think in terms of 10,000 years in the future. How about just 1000 years? If this opportunity inspires you, do some imaginative thinking about how we and our home planet might change, what values will endure, how we will live, what kind of communities we might have, and whether or not we will be able to reverse the destructive patterns that are now in play. Take notes on what you would LIKE to see here in 1000 years, and then stretch out to 10,000 years. Write Now! GO!
The Clock and Library Projects
Below is an essay by founding board member Stewart Brand on the need for, and the mechanism by which, The Long Now Foundation is attempting to encourage long-term thinking.
Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed-some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where 'long-term' is measured at least in centuries. Long Now proposes both a mechanism and a myth. It began with an observation and idea by computer scientist Daniel Hillis :