- The Good Ancestor (RSA Event) & Social
After the online event by Long Now Fellow Roman Krznaric (organised by the RSA and Hawkwood College), join Long Now London members for a drink or two over Zoom. The link to get book tickets is here: https://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/event/rsa-talk-the-good-ancestor/ The talk itself is not a Long Now London event so do please get your tickets via that link. Once the official event is over, we will gather in Zoom. It would be great to see anyone who wishes to join us, whether familiar faces or first timers.
- On Maintenance (in lieu of Chalking the Horse) 02020
UPDATE: "On Maintenance" We cannot meet on White Horse Hill this summer, but we can still meet. From 6pm on Monday 6th July 02020 you are invited to join us via Zoom to raise a glass to the White Horse of Uffington and the team who care for it year round. We will be joined by Andy Foley, warden of White Horse Hill, Waylands Smithy and several other National Trust sites in the area. I for one am wondering if this lockdown period is adding any new knowledge or stories to the history of this ancient monument. If anyone knows, it will be Andy. While our focal point remains the horse, our hope is to engage in a wider discussion of maintenance, what it means and our (changing?) relationship with it in these particularly unusual times. Exactly the kind of thing that would have come up in the pub after a day chalking on the hill All are welcome, wherever you are in the world and whether you had intended to "chalk the horse" this year or not. Please RSVP to this event page in order to receive the Zoom details. ====================== 02/04/02020 UPDATE: Chalking the horse will now not take place in July 02020. There is a chance it will happen later in the summer, pending confirmation with the team at the National Trust. This event page will be updated when we know more. Discussions are also underway for an online gathering on this date (Monday 8th July) centred on the theme of maintenance. This will be announced in a separate Meetup event. ====================== 01/03/02020 The second annual Long Now London day of "chalking the horse", repairing the White Horse of Uffington as has been done in one way or another for 3,000 years. We have confirmed with the National Trust that we will be working with them on White Horse Hill on Monday 6th July 02020. Here are some videos from[masked]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm-Cgq7MXzo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17G7neA6SKQ (with thanks to Peter Landers Photography: instagram.com/peterlandersphoto) A group will travel from London Paddington to Swindon station and then take a taxi to the horse itself. Others are welcome to make their own way to the site, whether by bicycle, car (please car pool if possible) or maybe on foot (do please message me if you are up for that last option!). We will work on the hill from 10am until around 3pm, after which you will likely find us in the White Horse pub. Please bring a packed lunch. Please do RSVP if you would like to join us and please send me a message if you have any questions about the day. Below is a traditional rhyme learnt from Andy Foley, the NT Area Ranger with responsibility for the horse: "Zee awld Orse wants putting to rights and the squire hef promised good cheer. So we’ll go and scrape To keep in shape An’ll last for many a year." ============================================ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffington_White_Horse
- One Day We Will....
On June 6th, 2020, artists Peter Dean and Michael Ogden are inviting friends, family and the wider world to complete this simple sentence: “One day we will…” From everyday hopes to the hugely ambitious, from the deeply personal to the larger collective, our aim is to capture a snapshot of what people right now are dreaming of doing in the months and years (or even further) ahead. What are each of us looking forward to? It’s easy to be part of the art: 1. With your phone, just record a few seconds of video with you completing this sentence: “One day we will…” (or “One day I will…” if you prefer) 2. Email your clip to [masked] and that’s it! All ages are welcome. It can be fun. It can be serious. You can do it alone or with others and in any language. It’s up to you. The plan is to create a video from all contributions, to capture and share the things we’re all looking forward to. This is part of the 2269 project, a never-before-attempted experiment in storytelling and time, aiming to bring about a meaningful, global event in the distant future. More information at 2269.co If you want to share your video before (or even slightly after) the day itself, do please go ahead. Pete & Mike are regulars at Long Now London gatherings and would love to have input from anyone who has an interest in the idea.
- Long Now Social - The 2269 Project
Our regular monthly gathering, but now online. On Thursday 14th May 02020 we will begin by thinking ahead to Sunday 6th June 02269. On that day in 249 years' time there will be a party, a global celebration for which tickets are already on sale Those of you who have been to a meetup in the past year or so may well be aware of 2269 (https://2269.co/), founded by Long Now fellow travellers Peter Dean & Michael Ogden. This month Pete & Mike will be joining us to tell us a bit more about the 2269 Project, including the annual "One Day" parties that started last year. Clearly 6th June 02020 will be quite different to 02019 so they will be sharing their current plans, including the launch of the 2269 Podcast, a trailer for which can be found at all these links: Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/2269-the-greatest-party-of-all-time/id1512006680 Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/2269-the-greatest-party-of-all-time/e/69439627 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/0giaN8rFcCtdLJB4aLYPJB?si=KsOENzIXQUmCB4RhHDSHPw Once again, it would be particulary great to see members who might not have been able to join us if we were meeting in person. A joining link will be shared with attendees on the day.
- The Long Conversation 02020
Join members of the Long Now Board and invited speakers for a virtual Long Conversation to reflect on the current moment, how it fits into our deeper future, and how we can address threats to civilization that are rare but ultimately predictable. The Long Conversation is a relay conversation of 20 minute one-to-one conversations; each speaker has an un-scripted conversation with the speaker before them, and then speaks with the next participant before they themselves rotate off. This relay conversation format was first presented under the auspices of Artangel in London at a Longplayer performance in 02009. Starting at 7pm UK time (11am in SF), this event is a rare one taking place in a timeframe that is accessible for those of us in Europe and related longitudes. It would therefore be great if as many of us as possible watched the stream, both to widen the conversation and to establish the interest in the Long Now in the EMEA region. Do please RSVP here if you intend to "attend" the stream (or whatever the correct terminology might be!). The discussion will be shared online via the following Long Now channels... Website: http://longnow.org/live YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT1yd7gEOrja_gecmA1lT0Q Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2853702678018251/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/longnow The announced 02020 Long Conversation speakers are: Stewart Brand - https://twitter.com/stewartbrandEauthor Esther Dyson - https://twitter.com/edyson David Eagleman - https://twitter.com/davideagleman Ping Fu - https://twitter.com/pfugeomagic Katherine Fulton - https://twitter.com/knfulton Kevin Kelly - https://twitter.com/kevin2kelly Ramez Naam - https://twitter.com/ramez Alexander Rose - https://twitter.com/zander Paul Saffo - https://twitter.com/psaffo Peter Schwartz - https://twitter.com/peterschwartz2 Tiffany Shlain - https://twitter.com/tiffanyshlain Bina Venkataraman - https://twitter.com/binajv More information can be found here: http://longnow.org/seminars/02020/apr/14/long-conversation/
- Long Now Remote Social
Last month feels like a very long time ago now. Instead of meeting in person, this month we will now have our first Long Now London gathering via Zoom. Please note that the date has now changed from Wednesday 8th to Thursday 9th April (because now that none of us are going anywhere new for the Bank Holiday weekend we can return to our usual Thursday slot). The hope for this Zoom call is that along with those who have been attending regularly in recent years, some members of this group who may no longer be based in London can join us again. It would be great to hear from those who are now in other parts of the country, the continent or the globe. We would like to start with a check in to hear a little about how these darkly novel times are treating us all. If anyone has any particular topics or questions they feel we may want to discuss, please do share them here in advance. The Zoom link will be sent out to registered attendees 18-24 hrs before the meeting. I look forward to seeing you then. -Chris ==================================================================== The previous listing was.... Our regular date for your diaries, but moved to Wednesday because of the Friday Bank Holiday. Also, having cancelled our March meetup due to pandemic-related caution, we hope to finally get around to the previous theme.... At the February gathering many members had not yet stumbled across the recent Wired article about the Clock of the Long Now (and more specifically the relationship between the project and Jeff Bezos). https://www.wired.com/story/the-10000-year-clock-is-a-waste-of-time/ (I am sharing that article while painfully aware that the more clicks it gets, the more "successful" it will seem by current attention economy metrics.) For this month's gathering, it would be great to start with a discussion of the Clock and this article and see where that takes us. This month we will be meeting in Rawthmell's Coffeehouse in the basement of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Rather than booking "The Steps" (our previous haunt) we will be aiming to take over the comfy seating at level -2. The RSA is a charity so we are encouraged to buy food and drink from the Rawthmell's bar in order to support their works. After the RSA closes at 9pm we will head to a nearby pub. If you are joining us later, send a message to Chris to find out where we are.
- POSTPONED - Long Now Social: The Clock, Wired & Amazon
UPDATE: We are now not meeting tonight. The RSA is largely closed and it definitely makes sense to "self-isolate" if at all possible. See you next month. https://www.thersa.org/rsa-house-and-coronavirus-outbreak-precaution ======================== Our regular monthly meetup for long-term thinkers. At the February gathering many members had not yet stumbled across the recent Wired article about the Clock of the Long Now (and more specifically the relationship between the project and Jeff Bezos). https://www.wired.com/story/the-10000-year-clock-is-a-waste-of-time/ (I am sharing that article while painfully aware that the more clicks it gets, the more "successful" it will seem by current attention economy metrics.) For this month's gathering, it would be great to start with a discussion of the Clock and this article and see where that takes us. This month we will be meeting in Rawthmell's Coffeehouse in the basement of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Rather than booking "The Steps" (our previous haunt) we will be aiming to take over the comfy seating at level -2. The RSA is a charity so we are encouraged to buy food and drink from the Rawthmell's bar in order to support their works. After the RSA closes at 9pm we will head to a nearby pub. If you are joining us later, send a message to Chris to find out where we are.
- Long Now London - Social Gathering 02 02020
Maybe this month we should meet up on at 02:02 hrs on 02/02/02020 as Long Now Barcelona are intending? But if we're going to do that, we should first meet up at a more reasonable hour on our regular date: the second Thursday of the month. For the moment, this is just a regular old gathering for a few drinks, probably at the Sekforde, possibly at the RSA. There will definitely be some discussion of the recently published Wired article on the 10,000 Year Clock (currently under construction, as pictured in in the image for this event). Closer to home, plans are already afoot to Chalk the Horse again this year. Do come along if you want to hear more.
- Debate: Lost in Space (A Turncoats / Architecture Foundation event)
This is a slightly unusual one. A debate event aimed primarily at architects, the topic of this particular event may be of interest to Long Now members. Afterwards we will go to a nearby pub. ======================= Tickets can be purchased here: https://shop.architecturefoundation.org.uk/products/lost-in-space More information here: http://turncoats.world/london/ The following text is from the Turncoats website.... ======================= About the debate: "Helium sucked from the moon. Minerals dug from asteroids. Mining Mars. Norman Foster has proposed terraforming the red planet with drones and 3-D-printed lunar bases. Bjarke Ingels wants a “Mars simulation city” in the deserts of Dubai. This is not visionary thinking — it is escapism, seductive only to those whose weak imaginations can see no alternative to infinite growth. Mocked as “unrealistic”, even the most wildly ambitious Green New Deal feels increasingly practical set against the snake oil peddled by a new breed of space-colonising fantasist. If Mars is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question." ======================= The Panel Tosin Thompson is a writer and actor. She has written for New Humanist, the Guardian and the New Statesman. https://www.newstatesman.com/writers/320642 Rory Hyde is curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the V&A. https://roryhyde.com/ Xavier De Kestelier is Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL. He previously led a number of Foster + Partners projects related to space exploration. https://www.ted.com/talks/xavier_de_kestelier_adventures_of_an_interplanetary_architect Imani Jacqueline Brown is an artist/activist, researcher, and writer from New Orleans. http://www.imanijacquelinebrown.net/bio Steve Austen-Brown is Creative Director of Avantgarde UK, an international creative agency who "turn consumers into fans". He is working on "Message to Space" – the UK Pavilion at the 2020 Expo in Dubai. https://twitter.com/stevepitch ======================= About Turncoats itself: "Architectural debates are rubbish. We’ve all been there: a panel of similar designers with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work – too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of debates will rugby tackle fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to foment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head." =======================