The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.
Check out their past seminars to get an idea of the topics they cover: http://longnow.org/seminars/
It's been up and running for a long time in San Francisco. But those of us on the east coast feel left out of the seminars and events (although I do stream many of the talks and enjoy those, at least before I fall asleep).
Anyway--some regional fans of Long Now are beginning to organize a local chapter for talks and events. The inaugural meeting will be Tuesday, Nov 17, 6:30pm at The Burren. We'll be clustering out in the front area somewhere, not sure how big this will be just yet. From the email I got:
With no agenda, this is simply an opportunity to meet other area Long Now members and have a casual discussion about what we'd like to see in a local Long Now group - and get to know each other.
If you know and like this organization, or might like to hear more, gather with us. If we have a quorum and sufficient interest, maybe this will be a regular thing. More formal organizational stuff to come.
For readers who don't know Davis well:
247 Elm Street, Davis Square,
Somerville MA 02144