• Douglas Coupland "The Extreme Present" Screening (SALT Talk from San Francisco)

    The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

    Very late on the details here, at least partially as we've only just had our location confirmed by the RSA. This talk by Douglas Coupland (artist and author of "Generation X" and 12 other novels) is a particulary visual one: "Coupland is fascinated by time. For Long Now he deploys ideas and graphics “all dealing on some level with time and how we perceive it, how we used to perceive it, and where our perception of it may be going.” A time series about time." This talk was recorded in San Francisco shortly after Donald Trump was elected president of the USA. It is by turns of it's time, still timely and on occasion timeless. We look forward to discussing it in the pub afterwards! ================= Below are a few notes by Stewart Brand on this talk: “The present and the future now coexist at the same time, “It’s why time doesn’t feel like time any more. We’re inside the future.” As an installation artist Coupland said he was highly impressed by the short truisms of the New York artist Jenny Holzer, such as “MUCH WAS DECIDED BEFORE YOU WERE BORN.” And so he began a “slogan project” of sayings that “make perfect sense now but would make no sense if you saw them 20 years ago.” Examples included: I MISS MY PRE-INTERNET BRAIN HOARD ANYTHING YOU CAN’T DOWNLOAD LIVES ARE NO LONGER FEELING LIKE STORIES (“I call this process ‘de-narration.’”) WE’VE NEVER BEEN SMARTER. WE’VE NEVER FELT STUPIDER. THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE MEANS YOU WANT SOMETHING DEMOCRACY SEEMS INADEQUATE TO DEAL WITH THE PRESENT Coupland considers the three leading questions of our time: “Does the need to be remembered eclipse the right to be forgotten?” “Will the internet favor the individual over the group?” “Will the internet favor secularity or religion?” ================= This is a screening of a Seminar About Long-Term Thinking (SALT) event filmed in San Francisco in November 2016. The screening starts at 18:30 and lasts 90 minutes (including a a Q&A with Stewart Brand). Food and drink is available from the Rawthmell's bar during the screening. More drinks afterwards (first at the RSA, then almost certainly at a nearby pub). ================= Since 02006 the Long Now Foundation has held monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) events in San Francisco. In the latter months of 02019 Long Now London are screening some of our favourites from this ongoing series. Our venue is "The Steps" a small amphitheatre in RSA House that’s available for social change conversations. On arrival at RSA House, ask staff at the front desk for directions to "The Steps" and they will point you downstairs into Rawthmell's coffee house. After the screening we will of course have discussion over a few drinks, both at Rawthmell's and at a nearby pub. Please RSVP here as space is limited. This event is organised by Long Now London, kindly hosted by the Royal Society of Arts. No need to book anything on the RSA website this time. =================

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  • "Cities: The First 6,000 Years" by Monica L Smith < SALT

    The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

    A talk about the first 6,000 years of cities. What has changed and what has remained constant. Their beginnings as places of ritual and growth into places of exchange and permanent inhabitation. Monica L Smith is an archaeologist and anthropologist but her talk (and the book that accompanies it) have much of interest to architects, engineers, city planners, city dwellers and anyone with an interest in infrastructure or maintenance. ================= This is a screening of a Seminar About Long-Term Thinking (SALT) event filmed in San Francisco in August 02019. The screening starts at 18:30 and lasts 90 minutes (including a a Q&A with Stewart Brand). Food and drink is available from the Rawthmell's bar during the screening. More drinks afterwards (first at the RSA, then almost certainly at a nearby pub). ================= Since 02006 the Long Now Foundation has held monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) events in San Francisco. In the latter months of 02019 Long Now London are screening some of our favourites from this ongoing series. Our venue is "The Steps" a small amphitheatre in RSA House that’s available for social change conversations. On arrival at RSA House, ask staff at the front desk for directions to "The Steps" and they will point you downstairs into Rawthmell's coffee house. After the screening we will of course have discussion over a few drinks, both at Rawthmell's and at a nearby pub. Please RSVP here as space is limited. This event is organised by Long Now London, kindly hosted by the Royal Society of Arts. No need to book anything on the RSA website this time. ================= Description from Long Now in SF: “Cities were the first Internet,” says archaeologist Monica Smith, because they were the first permanent places where strangers met in large numbers for entertainment, commerce, and romance. And the function and form of cities, she notes, have remained remarkably constant over their 6,000 years of history so far. Modern city dwellers would quickly find their way around any city in the past, given our shared architecture of broad avenues, monumental structures, and densely crowded residences. What we learn from examining the long history of cities is what makes them so freeing and empowering for humans and humanity. Density has always been crucial. So has infrastructure, skill specialization, cultural diversity, intense trade with other cities, an economy of acquiring and discarding objects, the delights of fashion and art, religious focus and political focus, intellectual ferment, and technological innovation. The digital internet has not replaced cities, nor is it likely that anything else will, Smith proposes, for the next 6,000 years. Monica L. Smith is an anthropology professor and also a professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainabilityat UCLA. She has done archeological fieldwork in India, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy, and England. Her new book is Cities: The First 6,000 Years.

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  • SALT > "Overview: Earth and Civilization in the Macroscope" by Benjamin Grant

    The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

    Screening starts at 18:30 and lasts 90 minutes. Food and drink is available from the Rawthmell's bar during the screening. More drinks afterwards (first at the RSA, then almost certainly at a nearby pub). ================= Since 02006 the Long Now Foundation has held monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) events in San Francisco. In the latter months of 02019 Long Now London will be screening some of our favourites from this ongoing series. For this first screening, we have booked the Steps, a small amphitheatre in RSA House that’s available for social change conversations. After the screening we will of course have a few drinks. All are welcome, but do please let us know you are coming as space is limited. Please RSVP here as space is limited. This event is organised by Long Now London, kindly hosted by the Royal Society of Arts. No need to book anything on the RSA website this time. ================= Description from Long Now in SF: Civilization is both astonishing and astonishingly various when viewed from slightly above. Not so far above as to be lost in planetary context, but just high enough to see a fascinating thing whole, entire, intensely peculiar and informative. The glory is in the high-resolution details, in the perpetually surprising god’s-eye perspective, and in the shocking patterns that we arrange things in without even knowing it. Revel in a host of such images and the understanding that emerges from them with collector/curator Benjamin Grant, author of the book Overview and host of the Instagram project “Daily Overview.”

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  • Gathering 02019-08 @ The George Inn, Southwark

    Drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) and maybe some food at our current summertime haunt, the George Inn in Southwark, London's only surviving galleried coaching inn. We'll be aiming to find a relatively quiet corner either outside or in (weather depending). Join us for discussions about long-term thinking and maybe hatching some plans to make and do things. ================= In San Francisco, there is a gathering of long-term thinkers on Friday evenings at The Interval, the cocktail bar run by the Long Now Foundation. Thursday night in a pub feels like the natural London equivalent. As we look to grow our European community this regular informal meetup will form the core of whatever else we might decide to make and do together.

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  • 02019-09 SALT Screening

    The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

    We have booked The Steps, a small (30 person) auditorium in Rawthmells, the basement cafe of the Royal Society of Arts. This will be our first screening of a talk from the archives of the Long Now Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) held monthly in San Francisco for the last 13 years. Which talk we will start with will be decided by members soon.

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  • Monthly Gathering 02019-07

    George

    Please note that in July we will meet on the THIRD Thursday (not the second). This is because a group of us will be Chalking The Horse on Wednesday 10th July. ================= As it is the summer, we are meeting at the George Inn in Southwark, London's only surviving galleried coaching inn. We'll be aiming to find a relatively quiet corner either outside or in (weather depending). ================= Drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) and maybe some food in a good pub in central London. Join us for discussions about long-term thinking and maybe hatching some plans to make and do things. Confirmed locations to follow in the coming months. Suggestions for new venues always welcome. ================= In San Francisco, there is a gathering of long-term thinkers on Friday evenings at The Interval, the cocktail bar run by the Long Now Foundation. Thursday night in a pub feels like the natural London equivalent. As we look to grow our European community this regular informal meetup will form the core of whatever else we might decide to make and do together.

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  • Chalking the Horse 02019

    Uffington White Horse

    UPDATE: We are now planning this day in detail. Please message Chris directly if you now find you can/cannot come. Thanks. ============================================ If you are coming to chalk the horse, you should now have had some emails from Chris. If you haven't, please send him a message or email to be put in touch ASAP. ============================================ ‘Before the gods that made the gods Had seen their sunrise pass, The White Horse of the White Horse Vale Was cut out of the grass. Before the gods that made the gods Had drunk at dawn their fill, The White Horse of the White Horse Vale Was hoary on the hill. Age beyond age on British land, Aeons on aeons gone, Was peace and war in western hills, And the White Horse looked on. For the White Horse knew England When there was none to know.’ (Extract from "The Ballad of the White Horse" by GK Chesterton) ============================================ The White Horse of Uffington is 3,000 years old. It only survives through regular acts of maintainance. This event is being posted now so that members who have attended recent London gatherings can put it in their diary now that the date has been confirmed with the National Trust. A group will travel from London together. Others are welcome to make their own way to the Horse from elsewhere, but all attendees on the Wednesday must be registered with Long Now London. The aim is to make a day of it, including heading to a local pub for conversation after the manual work is done. ============================================ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffington_White_Horse More information and logistical plans to follow.

  • Monthly Gathering 02019-06: The George Inn with George Gantz

    SUMMER CHANGES: PLEASE NOTE. The dates and locations for our June & July 02019 Meetups are slightly different to previous months. Please take note... In June, George Gantz from Long Now Boston will be in London for a few days so we have arranged to meet him in the pub on Sunday 23rd. As it's the summer, the basement doesn't feel like the best place to be meeting. We therefore have an area booked at the George Inn, Southwark, London's only surviving galleried coaching inn (synonymity utterly accidental). We look forward to seeing you there. https://www.longnowboston.org/ https://spiralinquiry.org/contact-us/ ================= Drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) and maybe some food in a good pub in central London. Join us for discussions about long-term thinking and maybe hatching some plans to make and do things. ================= In San Francisco, there is a gathering of long-term thinkers on Friday evenings at The Interval, the cocktail bar run by the Long Now Foundation. Thursday night in a pub feels like the natural London equivalent. As we look to grow our European community this regular informal meetup will form the core of whatever else we might decide to make and do together.

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  • Longplayer Day 02019

    Trinity Buoy Wharf

    https://www.longplayerday.org/longplayer-day-2019 On Thursday 20 June 02019, from noon until midnight the Longplayer Trust and Goldsmiths, University of London will host the second of the biennial festival Longplayer Day. The day is peripatetic: the audience move from one location to another, choosing their agenda for the day from the time-specific events, free to join proceedings when they choose. Performances happen in parks, abandoned police stations, churches and on the Thames shoreline, mapping the route to the end destination of Trinity Buoy Wharf (Poplar) at sunset. Longplayer Day is inspired by Longplayer, a one thousand year-long composition by the artist Jem Finer. Its curated programme of new commissions, performances, talks, publications and collective activities explore time and duration, and seek to inspire audiences into new consideration of long-term behaviours, environmental awareness and durational thinking. In keeping with the festival’s themes, Longplayer Day takes place biennially on or around the summer solstice (the longest day of the year). The confirmed programme of artists, writers, curators and speakers includes Ryoko Akama, Ele Carpenter, Oliver Coates, Rhodri Davies, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Max Eastley, Shiva Feshareki, Jem Finer, Clare Gasson, Hither Green Drone Orchestra, Debbie Kent, Aleks Kolkowski, Graham Lambkin, John Lely, ‘The Making of Americans’ Reading, Phil Minton, Áine O’Dwyer, Lee Patterson, Marcus du Sautoy, Lindsay Seers, Blank Sceol, Gavin Starks, David Toop and Jennifer Walshe. All events are free to access.

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  • Jared Diamond on Crisis & Resilience in an Age of Change

    Some Long Now London members will be attending this talk hosted by Intelligence Squared. We will almost certainly head to a nearby pub afterwards. Please RSVP to let us know if you will be joing us at the talk, the pub or both. Official event details below... https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jared-diamond-on-crisis-and-resilience-in-an-age-of-change-tickets-54917359300 ====================== Jared Diamond has been called ‘the master storyteller of the human race’. A Pulitzer Prize-winning polymath who speaks 12 languages, his work has drawn on history, geography, economics and anthropology to transform our understanding of how civilisations rise and fall. His landmark global bestseller Guns, Germs and Steel was described by Yuval Noah Harari as ‘the book that turned me from a historian of medieval warfare into a student of humankind’. Now Diamond comes to the Intelligence Squared stage to mark the publication of his latest book, Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change. He will show how countries as diverse as Japan, Chile, Indonesia and Germany have survived major upheavals in the recent past through a process of self-appraisal and adaptation similar to the ways in which individuals learn to cope with personal trauma. And looking ahead to the future, he will voice his concerns about the potential shift of the United States and other successful countries away from democracy. The lessons of history and the tools of self-knowledge, he will argue, can be applied to any nation at any point to avert catastrophe before it actually strikes. Join us on May 30th and learn from one of the world’s greatest intellectuals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient in our troubled times.

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