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Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking

By The Long Now Foundation

Explore hundreds of lectures by scientists, historians, artists, entrepreneurs, and more through The Long Now Foundation's award-winning lecture series, curated and hosted by Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog). Recorded live in San Francisco each month since 02003, past speakers include Brian Eno, Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Earle, Daniel Kahneman, Jennifer Pahlka, Steven Johnson, and many more. Watch video of these talks and learn more about our projects at Longnow.org. The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to fostering long-term thinking and responsibility.

  1. 1.
    Roman Krznaric: Becoming a Better Ancestor10/28/2020
    1:23:40
  2. 2.
    Julia Watson: Design by Radical Indigenism09/16/2020
    59:50
  3. 3.
    Genevieve Bell: The 4th Industrial Revolution: Responsible & Secure AI08/13/2020
    59:54
  4. 4.
    Craig Childs: Tracking the First People into Ice Age North America08/05/2020
    1:02:32
  5. 5.
    Peter Calthorpe: Urban Planet: Ecology, Community, and Growth Through the Next Century07/15/2020
    1:11:09
  6. 6.
    Lonny J Avi Brooks: When is Wakanda: Imagining Afrofutures07/08/2020
    1:08:16
  7. 7.
    Brian Fisher: Edible Insects: Where Land Conservation and Protein Meet06/10/2020
    1:00:36
  8. 8.
    Rick Doblin: Transformational Psychedelics05/13/2020
    1:15:50
  1. 9.
    Laurance Doyle: Interspecies Communication and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence04/29/2020
    1:14:30
  2. 10.
    Eric Ries: Long-Term Stock Exchange02/25/2020
    1:21:09
  3. 11.
    Bina Venkataraman: Long-Term Thinking in a Distracted World01/16/2020
    1:27:06
  4. 12.
    Andrew McAfee: More From Less11/19/2019
    1:33:46
  5. 13.
    Suhanya Raffel: World Art Through The Asian Perspective10/15/2019
    1:23:22
  6. 14.
    Monica L. Smith: Cities: The First 6,000 Years08/14/2019
    1:20:47
  7. 15.
    Marcia Bjornerud: Timefulness07/23/2019
    1:26:14
  8. 16.
    Mariana Mazzucato: Rethinking Value06/25/2019
    1:29:37
  9. 17.
    David Byrne: Good News & Sleeping Beauties06/05/2019
    1:30:26
  10. 18.
    Ian McEwan: Machines Like Me05/05/2019
    1:36:47
  11. 19.
    Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come04/03/2019
    1:24:36
  12. 20.
    Chip Conley: The Modern Elder and the Intergenerational Workplace03/14/2019
    1:24:10
  13. 21.
    John Brockman: Possible Minds02/26/2019
    1:36:02
  14. 22.
    Martin Rees: Prospects for Humanity01/15/2019
    1:24:35
  15. 23.
    Niall Ferguson: Networks and Power11/20/2018
    1:30:16
  16. 24.
    Mary Lou Jepsen: Toward Practical Telepathy10/30/2018
    1:29:57
  17. 25.
    Stewart Brand: Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary Celebration10/14/2018
    2:00:26
  18. 26.
    Julia Galef: Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren't built for truth, and how we can change that09/13/2018
    1:32:58
  19. 27.
    Juan Benet: Long Term Info-structure08/07/2018
    1:29:12
  20. 28.
    George P. Shultz: Perspective07/17/2018
    1:03:01
  21. 29.
    Chris D. Thomas: Are We Initiating The Great Anthropocene Speciation Event?06/20/2018
    1:40:43
  22. 30.
    Benjamin Grant: Overview: Earth and Civilization in the Macroscope05/23/2018
    1:21:59
  23. 31.
    Kishore Mahbubani: Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?04/24/2018
    1:31:01
  24. 32.
    Steven Pinker: A New Enlightenment03/14/2018
    1:32:18
  25. 33.
    Michael Frachetti: Open Source Civilization and the Unexpected Origins of the Silk Road02/27/2018
    1:28:14
  26. 34.
    Charles C. Mann: The Wizard and the Prophet01/23/2018
    1:27:46
  27. 35.
    Elena Bennett: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene11/21/2017
    1:19:02
  28. 36.
    Renee Wegrzyn: Engineering Gene Safety10/31/2017
    1:21:15
  29. 37.
    David Grinspoon: Earth in Human Hands09/07/2017
    1:31:39
  30. 38.
    Nicky Case: Seeing Whole Systems08/08/2017
    1:18:31
  31. 39.
    Carolyn Porco: Searching for Life in the Solar System07/25/2017
    1:25:29
  32. 40.
    James Gleick: Time Travel06/06/2017
    1:20:31
  33. 41.
    Geoffrey B. West: The Universal Laws of Growth and Pace05/24/2017
    1:34:05
  34. 42.
    Frank Ostaseski: What the Dying Teach the Living04/11/2017
    1:32:30
  35. 43.
    Bjorn Lomborg: From Feel-Good to High-Yield Good: How to Improve Philanthropy and Aid03/14/2017
    1:30:01
  36. 44.
    Jennifer Pahlka: Fixing Government: Bottom Up and Outside In02/02/2017
    1:24:50
  37. 45.
    Steven Johnson: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World01/05/2017
    1:23:38
  38. 46.
    Douglas Coupland: The Extreme Present11/02/2016
    1:28:11
  39. 47.
    David Eagleman: The Brain and The Now10/05/2016
    1:21:11
  40. 48.
    Jonathan Rose: The Well Tempered City09/21/2016
    1:24:17
  41. 49.
    Seth Lloyd: Quantum Computer Reality08/10/2016
    1:44:55
  42. 50.
    Kevin Kelly: The Next 30 Digital Years07/15/2016
    1:30:58
  43. 51.
    Brian Christian: Algorithms to Live By06/21/2016
    1:30:37
  44. 52.
    Walter Mischel: The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control05/03/2016
    1:26:52
  45. 53.
    Priyamvada Natarajan: Solving Dark Matter and Dark Energy04/12/2016
    1:31:48
  46. 54.
    Jane Langdale: Radical Ag: C4 Rice and Beyond03/15/2016
    1:27:50
  47. 55.
    Stephen Pyne: Fire Slow, Fire Fast, Fire Deep02/10/2016
    1:24:43
  48. 56.
    Eric Cline: 1177 B.C.: When Civilization Collapsed01/12/2016
    1:27:54
  49. 57.
    Philip Tetlock: Superforecasting11/24/2015
    1:35:07
  50. 58.
    Andy Weir: The Red Planet for Real10/28/2015
    1:10:05
  51. 59.
    James Fallows: Civilization's Infrastructure10/07/2015
    1:21:29
  52. 60.
    Saul Griffith: Infrastructure and Climate Change09/22/2015
    1:41:49
  53. 61.
    Sara Seager: Other Earths. Other Life.08/11/2015
    1:21:44
  54. 62.
    Ramez Naam: Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity07/23/2015
    1:26:57
  55. 63.
    Neil Gaiman: How Stories Last06/10/2015
    1:43:12
  56. 64.
    Beth Shapiro: How to Clone a Mammoth05/12/2015
    1:26:20
  57. 65.
    Michael Shermer: The Long Arc of Moral Progress04/15/2015
    1:26:31
  58. 66.
    Paul Saffo: The Creator Economy04/01/2015
    1:23:39
  59. 67.
    David Keith: Patient Geoengineering02/18/2015
    1:28:44
  60. 68.
    Stewart Brand, Paul Saffo: Pace Layers Thinking01/28/2015
    57:51
  61. 69.
    Jesse Ausubel: Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities01/14/2015
    1:35:22
  62. 70.
    Kevin Kelly: Technium Unbound11/13/2014
    1:27:55
  63. 71.
    Larry Harvey: Why The Man Keeps Burning10/21/2014
    1:31:29
  64. 72.
    Drew Endy: The iGEM Revolution09/17/2014
    1:36:15
  65. 73.
    Anne Neuberger: Inside the NSA08/07/2014
    1:29:23
  66. 74.
    Adrian Hon: A History of the Future in 100 Objects07/17/2014
    1:21:30
  67. 75.
    Stefan Kroepelin: Civilization’s Mysterious Desert Cradle: Rediscovering the Deep Sahara06/11/2014
    1:39:32
  68. 76.
    Sylvia Earle, Tierney Thys: Oceanic05/21/2014
    1:36:09
  69. 77.
    Tony Hsieh: Helping Revitalize a City04/23/2014
    1:33:44
  70. 78.
    Mariana Mazzucato: The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Private vs. Public Sector Myths03/25/2014
    1:38:30
  71. 79.
    Brian Eno, Danny Hillis: The Long Now, now01/22/2014
    1:29:21
  72. 80.
    Richard Kurin: American History in 101 Objects11/19/2013
    1:21:47
  73. 81.
    Adam Steltzner: Beyond Mars, Earth10/16/2013
    1:30:04
  74. 82.
    Peter Schwartz: The Starships ARE Coming09/18/2013
    1:16:40
  75. 83.
    Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow08/14/2013
    1:17:42
  76. 84.
    Craig Childs: Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth07/30/2013
    1:35:46
  77. 85.
    Ed Lu: Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them06/19/2013
    1:29:59
  78. 86.
    Stewart Brand: Reviving Extinct Species05/22/2013
    1:29:59
  79. 87.
    Nicholas Negroponte: Beyond Digital04/18/2013
    1:31:45
  80. 88.
    George Dyson: No Time Is There--- The Digital Universe and Why Things Appear To Be Speeding Up03/20/2013
    1:31:35
  81. 89.
    Chris Anderson: The Makers Revolution02/20/2013
    1:30:12
  82. 90.
    Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo: The Statues Walked -- What Really Happened on Easter Island01/18/2013
    1:40:51
  83. 91.
    Peter Warshall: Enchanted by the Sun: The CoEvolution of Light, Life, and Color on Earth11/29/2012
    1:52:02
  84. 92.
    Lazar Kunstmann, Jon Lackman: Preservation without Permission: the Paris Urban eXperiment11/14/2012
    1:34:32
  85. 93.
    Steven Pinker: The Decline of Violence10/09/2012
    1:33:46
  86. 94.
    Tim O'Reilly: Birth of the Global Mind09/06/2012
    1:36:06
  87. 95.
    Elaine Pagels: The Truth About the Book of Revelations08/21/2012
    1:15:31
  88. 96.
    Cory Doctorow: The Coming Century of War Against Your Computer08/01/2012
    1:28:30
  89. 97.
    Benjamin Barber: If Mayors Ruled the World06/06/2012
    1:28:08
  90. 98.
    Susan Freinkel: Eternal Plastic: A Toxic Love Story05/23/2012
    1:23:54
  91. 99.
    Charles C. Mann: Living in the Homogenocene: The First 500 Years04/24/2012
    1:39:43
  92. 100.
    Edward O. Wilson: The Social Conquest of Earth04/21/2012
    1:32:44
  93. 101.
    Mark Lynas: The Nine Planetary Boundaries: Finessing the Anthropocene03/07/2012
    1:24:49
  94. 102.
    Jim Richardson: Heirlooms: Saving Humanity's 10,000-year Legacy of Food02/23/2012
    1:26:23
  95. 103.
    Lawrence Lessig: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It01/18/2012
    1:32:33
  96. 104.
    Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 612/09/2011
    1:23:04
  97. 105.
    Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge12/01/2011
    1:34:42
  98. 106.
    Laura Cunningham: Ten Millennia of California Ecology10/18/2011
    1:31:14
  99. 107.
    Timothy Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times09/15/2011
    1:25:06
  100. 108.
    Geoffrey B. West: Why Cities Keep on Growing, Corporations Always Die, and Life Gets Faster07/26/2011
    1:49:01
  101. 109.
    Peter Kareiva: Conservation in the Real World06/28/2011
    1:31:39
  102. 110.
    Carl Zimmer: Viral Time06/08/2011
    1:32:38
  103. 111.
    Tim Flannery: Here on Earth05/04/2011
    1:31:44
  104. 112.
    Ian Morris: Why the West Rules - For Now04/14/2011
    1:38:35
  105. 113.
    Alexander Rose: Millennial Precedent04/06/2011
    52:48
  106. 114.
    Matt Ridley: Deep Optimism03/23/2011
    1:37:04
  107. 115.
    Mary Catherine Bateson: Live Longer, Think Longer02/10/2011
    1:28:45
  108. 116.
    Philip K. Howard: Fixing Broken Government01/19/2011
    1:34:27
  109. 117.
    Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 512/17/2010
    1:29:26
  110. 118.
    Rachel Sussman: The World's Oldest Living Organisms11/16/2010
    1:08:06
  111. 119.
    Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought10/27/2010
    1:47:37
  112. 120.
    Stewart Brand, Jane McGonigal: Long Conversation 19 of 1910/17/2010
    17:58
  113. 121.
    Jane McGonigal, Tiffany Shlain: Long Conversation 18 of 1910/17/2010
    19:25
  114. 122.
    Paul Hawken, Tiffany Shlain: Long Conversation 17 of 1910/17/2010
    19:13
  115. 123.
    Katherine Fulton, Paul Hawken: Long Conversation 16 of 1910/17/2010
    19:17
  116. 124.
    Stuart Candy, Katherine Fulton: Long Conversation 15 of 1910/17/2010
    19:37
  117. 125.
    Stuart Candy, Danese Cooper: Long Conversation 14 of 1910/17/2010
    19:42
  118. 126.
    Danese Cooper, Peter Schwartz: Long Conversation 13 of 1910/17/2010
    19:39
  119. 127.
    Peter Schwartz, Pete Worden: Long Conversation 12 of 1910/17/2010
    19:44
  120. 128.
    Ken Foster, Pete Worden: Long Conversation 11 of 1910/17/2010
    19:35
  121. 129.
    Melissa Alexander, Ken Foster: Long Conversation 10 of 1910/17/2010
    19:34
  122. 130.
    Melissa Alexander, Ken Wilson: Long Conversation 9 of 1910/17/2010
    19:37
  123. 131.
    John Perry Barlow, Ken Wilson: Long Conversation 8 of 1910/17/2010
    19:35
  124. 132.
    John Perry Barlow, Violet Blue: Long Conversation 7 of 1910/16/2010
    20:03
  125. 133.
    Violet Blue, Robin Sloan: Long Conversation 6 of 1910/16/2010
    19:34
  126. 134.
    Robin Sloan, Jill Tarter: Long Conversation 5 of 1910/16/2010
    19:38
  127. 135.
    Emily Levine, Jill Tarter: Long Conversation 4 of 1910/16/2010
    19:39
  128. 136.
    Saul Griffith, Emily Levine: Long Conversation 3 of 1910/16/2010
    19:31
  129. 137.
    Jem Finer, Saul Griffith: Long Conversation 2 of 1910/16/2010
    19:35
  130. 138.
    Stewart Brand, Jem Finer: Long Conversation 1 of 1910/16/2010
    20:45
  131. 139.
    Martin Rees: Life's Future in the Cosmos08/03/2010
    1:39:41
  132. 140.
    Jesse Schell: Visions of the Gamepocalypse07/28/2010
    1:49:54
  133. 141.
    Frank Gavin: Five Ways to Use History Well07/13/2010
    1:40:56
  134. 142.
    Ed Moses: Clean Fusion Power This Decade06/17/2010
    1:38:39
  135. 143.
    Nils Gilman: Deviant Globalization05/04/2010
    1:34:40
  136. 144.
    David Eagleman: Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization04/02/2010
    1:42:51
  137. 145.
    Beth Noveck: Transparent Government03/05/2010
    1:44:55
  138. 146.
    Alan Weisman: World Without Us, World With Us02/25/2010
    1:42:10
  139. 147.
    Stewart Brand, Brian Eno, Alexander Rose: Long Finance: The Enduring Value Conference02/01/2010
    39:29
  140. 148.
    Wade Davis: The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World01/14/2010
    1:49:11
  141. 149.
    Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 412/05/2009
    1:46:44
  142. 150.
    Sander van der Leeuw: The Archaeology of Innovation11/19/2009
    1:29:41
  143. 151.
    Stewart Brand: Rethinking Green10/10/2009
    1:29:10
  144. 152.
    Arthur Ganson: Machines and the Breath of Time09/15/2009
    1:29:00
  145. 153.
    Wayne Clough: Smithsonian Forever08/18/2009
    1:26:31
  146. 154.
    Raoul Adamchak, Pamela Ronald: Organically Grown and Genetically Engineered: The Food of the Future07/29/2009
    1:40:35
  147. 155.
    Paul Romer: A Theory of History, with an Application05/19/2009
    51:45
  148. 156.
    Michael Pollan: Deep Agriculture05/06/2009
    1:27:17
  149. 157.
    Gavin Newsom: Cities and Time04/09/2009
    1:21:04
  150. 158.
    Daniel Everett: Endangered languages, lost knowledge and the future03/21/2009
    1:30:36
  151. 159.
    Dmitry Orlov: Social Collapse Best Practices02/14/2009
    1:27:44
  152. 160.
    Saul Griffith: Climate Change Recalculated01/17/2009
    1:36:51
  153. 161.
    Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco12/20/2008
    1:35:32
  154. 162.
    Drew Endy, Jim Thomas: Synthetic Biology Debate11/18/2008
    2:04:11
  155. 163.
    Huey Johnson: Green Planning at Nation Scale10/04/2008
    1:27:32
  156. 164.
    Peter Diamandis: Long-term X-Prizes09/13/2008
    1:13:54
  157. 165.
    Neal Stephenson: ANATHEM Book Launch Event09/09/2008
    19:34
  158. 166.
    Daniel Suarez: Daemon: Bot-mediated Reality08/09/2008
    1:18:27
  159. 167.
    Edward Burtynsky: The 10,000-year Gallery07/24/2008
    1:51:48
  160. 168.
    Paul Ehrlich: The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment06/28/2008
    1:28:06
  161. 169.
    Iqbal Quadir: Technology Empowers the Poorest05/22/2008
    1:14:46
  162. 170.
    Niall Ferguson, Peter Schwartz: Historian vs. Futurist on Human Progress04/29/2008
    1:41:50
  163. 171.
    Craig Venter: Joining 3.5 Billion Years of Microbial Invention02/26/2008
    1:48:46
  164. 172.
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The Future Has Always Been Crazier Than We Thought02/05/2008
    1:27:25
  165. 173.
    Paul Saffo: Embracing Uncertainty: the secret to effective forecasting01/12/2008
    1:25:03
  166. 174.
    Joline Blais, Jon Ippolito: At the Edge of Art12/15/2007
    1:25:27
  167. 175.
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Enduring Principles for Changing Times11/10/2007
    1:20:30
  168. 176.
    Juan Enriquez: Mapping the Frontier of Knowledge10/13/2007
    1:28:42
  169. 177.
    Rip Anderson, Gwyneth Cravens: Power to Save the World09/15/2007
    1:43:00
  170. 178.
    Alex Wright: Glut: Mastering Information Though the Ages08/18/2007
    1:32:22
  171. 179.
    Francis Fukuyama: 'The End of History' Revisited06/29/2007
    1:12:24
  172. 180.
    Paul Hawken: The New Great Transformation06/09/2007
    1:11:28
  173. 181.
    Steven Johnson: The Long Zoom05/12/2007
    1:26:55
  174. 182.
    Frans Lanting: Life's Journey Through Time04/28/2007
    16:55
  175. 183.
    Brian Fagan: We Are Not the First to Suffer Through Climate Change03/10/2007
    1:19:14
  176. 184.
    Vernor Vinge: What If the Singularity Does NOT Happen?02/16/2007
    1:31:33
  177. 185.
    Philip Tetlock: Why Foxes Are Better Forecasters Than Hedgehogs01/27/2007
    1:13:44
  178. 186.
    Philip Rosedale: 'Second Life:' What Do We Learn If We Digitize EVERYTHING?12/01/2006
    1:27:18
  179. 187.
    Larry Brilliant, Katherine Fulton, Richard Rockefeller: The Deeper News About the New Philanthropy11/04/2006
    1:40:51
  180. 188.
    John Baez: Zooming Out in Time10/14/2006
    1:21:38
  181. 189.
    Orville Schell: China Thinks Long-term, But Can It Relearn to Act Long-term?09/23/2006
    1:29:28
  182. 190.
    John Rendon: Long-term Policy to Make the War on Terror Short07/15/2006
    1:29:43
  183. 191.
    Brian Eno, Will Wright: Playing with Time06/27/2006
    1:40:11
  184. 192.
    Chris Anderson, Will Hearst: The Long Time Tail05/13/2006
    1:29:22
  185. 193.
    Jimmy Wales: Vision: Wikipedia and the Future of Free Culture04/15/2006
    1:16:23
  186. 194.
    Kevin Kelly: The Next 100 Years of Science: Long-term Trends in the Scientific Method.03/11/2006
    1:17:32
  187. 195.
    Stephen Lansing: Perfect Order: A Thousand Years in Bali02/14/2006
    1:19:58
  188. 196.
    Ralph Cavanagh, Peter Schwartz: Nuclear Power, Climate Change and the Next 10,000 Years01/14/2006
    1:42:28
  189. 197.
    Sam Harris: The View from the End of the World12/10/2005
    1:22:56
  190. 198.
    Clay Shirky: Making Digital Durable: What Time Does to Categories11/15/2005
    1:37:05
  191. 199.
    Esther Dyson, Freeman Dyson, George Dyson: The Difficulty of Looking Far Ahead10/06/2005
    1:33:55
  192. 200.
    Ray Kurzweil: Kurzweil's Law09/24/2005
    1:46:19

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