The Long Now Foundation works to encourage long term thinking in our increasingly "now" oriented culture (read more about them and their projects below).
Long Now just opened a new cafe, bar and event space called The Interval (http://theinterval.org/) at Fort Mason Center. It features prototypes and artifacts from the 10,000 Year Clock they are building, thousands of books on floor-to-ceiling shelves, art created by Long Now co-founder Brian Eno, and a cocktail menu designed by Jennifer Colliau (http://blog.longnow.org/02013/12/06/meet-jennifer-colliau-bar-manager-of-the-long-now-salon/) (Slanted Door / Small Hand Foods) There's a great article at eater.com (http://sf.eater.com/archives/2014/06/13/step_into_the_interval_fort_masons_stunning_new_technobar_and_cafe.php) on their recent launch.
On Tuesday, July 8th please join us at The Interval to enjoy their amazing cocktails--they also serve beer, wine, Sightglass coffee, tea and cocktail-worthy no-alcohol drinks. Long Now Foundation staff will be on hand to tell you more about the organization and how you can follow, participate, and support what they do. (Memberships (https://longnow.org/membership/) start at $8 / month and include free tickets to their Seminar series (http://longnow.org/seminars/)!)
All this in their amazing, inspiring space along with your fellow Humanitarians, a great chance to meetup, hang out, and get to know each other better over some delicious drinks. The night starts at 6pm and we'll hang out for a little less than a millennia (The Interval is only open until midnight anyway).
About The Long Now Foundation
The Long Now Foundation (http://longnow.org/) was established in 01996 to encourage and foster long-term thinking and responsibility through a variety of projects including a Clock designed to last 10,000 years (http://longnow.org/clock/), a monthly Seminar series (http://longnow.org/seminars/) about long-term thinking, Revive and Restore (http://longnow.org/revive/) which is focused on genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species, and the Rosetta Project (http://rosettaproject.org/) which preserves the diversity of human languages. In short their goal is to make long-term thinking more automatic and common rather than difficult and rare.
The term "Long Now" was coined by co-founder Brian Eno (http://longnow.org/people/board/prospect4/) after observing that in New York City the word here meant "this room" and now meant "about five minutes". It led Brian to reflect (http://longnow.org/essays/big-here-and-long-now/) on the importance of living in a bigger here and a longer now.
What does "the long now" mean?
The 10,000 Year Clock (http://longnow.org/clock/) is a project to build a monument scale, multi-millennial, all mechanical clock as an icon to long-term thinking.
The Rosetta Project (http://rosettaproject.org/) is Long Now's first exploration into very long-term archiving. The project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible digital library of human languages. Below is an image of the Rosetta Disk (http://rosettaproject.org/disk/concept/): thousands of pages of language information micro-etched on a nickel disk in order to preserve them without the risk of digital obsolescence.