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EVENT

Lost Landscapes of San Francisco with Rick Prelinger


Dates:
Fri Dec 19, 2008 00:00 - Wed Nov 19, 2008

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking

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Rick Prelinger
presents
Lost Landscapes of San Francisco

Rick Prelinger is a guerrilla archivist who collects the uncollected and makes it accessible. Prelinger will be presenting his third annual "Lost Landscapes of San Francisco" event, an eclectic montage of lost and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes and labor in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers.

We encourage the audience to interact with the film, especially to identify mystery scenes! After the event will be a reception and holiday party at The Long Now Museum and Store. The Prelingers, Long Now's staff and board will be on hand, and we plan to continue to project footage from the Prelinger Archive on every surface we can. There will be some light snacks and wine served.

The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand.
www.longnow.org

Friday, December 19, 02008
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

The Cowell Theater at
Fort Mason Center, Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123
Directions

$10 suggested donation

We recommend you arrive early; priority seating is available for Members of Long Now.

There will be a reception at The Long Now Museum & Store following the Seminar.

For more information contact:
Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 x1


EVENT

Synthetic Biology Debate with Drew Endy and Jim Thomas


Dates:
Mon Nov 17, 2008 00:00 - Thu Oct 16, 2008

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Drew Endy vs. Jim Thomas
Synthetic Biology Debate

Synthetic biology will be one of the driving technological forces of this century. By transforming the complexity and diversity of life into a technology malleable by man, it simultaneously offers some of science's highest hopes and gravest threats. Like splitting the atom, synthetic biology holds a great wealth of power that must be wielded with care.

Drew Endy is a leading synthetic biologist while Jim Thomas is one of the field's leading critics. Moderated by Stewart Brand, they will meet to discuss how the emerging and potentially revolutionary capabilities of synthetic biology can be utilized safely, equitably and openly.

The point of Long Now debates is not win-lose. The point is public clarity and deep understanding, leading to action graced with nuance and built-in adaptivity, with long-term responsibility in mind. Please join us in this pursuit.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand.
www.longnow.org

Monday November 17, 02008
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

The Cowell Theater at
Fort Mason Center, Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123
http://www.fortmason.org/directions/index.shtml

$10 suggested donation

We recommend you arrive early; priority seating is available for Members of Long Now.
https://secure.longnow.org/members/

There will be a reception at The Long Now Museum & Store following the Seminar.
http://www.longnow.org/contact/

For more information contact:
Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 x1


EVENT

Green Long-term Planning with Huey Johnson


Dates:
Fri Oct 03, 2008 00:00 - Thu Sep 04, 2008

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking
http://www.longnow.org/projects/seminars/

Huey Johnson presents
Green Long-term Planning

Huey Johnson's incubator, the Resource Renewal Institute develops innovative Green Plans; practical working models to help countries plan for a more sustainable future. He'll be discussing the theory and implementation of Green Plans and best practices for environmental sustainability.

The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand.
www.longnow.org

Friday October 3, 02008
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

The Cowell Theater
at
Fort Mason Center, Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123
http://www.fortmason.org/directions/index.shtml

$10 suggested donation

We recommend you arrive early; priority seating is available for Members of Long Now.
https://secure.longnow.org/members/

There will be a reception at The Long Now Museum & Store following the Seminar.
http://www.longnow.org/contact/

For more information contact:
Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 x1


EVENT

Anathem: an evening with author Neal Stephenson


Dates:
Tue Sep 09, 2008 00:00 - Wed Aug 27, 2008

What:
Anathem: an evening with author Neal Stephenson
Book launch presented by The Long Now Foundation

WHO:
New York Times best-selling fiction author Neal Stephenson will be presenting his new book Anathem, which is thematically based on The Long Now Foundation's 10,000 Year Clock project. Stephenson's previous works include seminal science fiction titles such as Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.

WHEN:
Tuesday September 9, 02008*
6:30pm to 11pm

WHERE:
The Regency
1320 Van Ness @ Sutter
San Francisco, CA 94109

We will also be doing a live stream of this event at 7pm PST on 9/9/08 on http://www.longnow.org/anathem/

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are $10 for the event only, or $42.50 for the event and a SIGNED copy of Anathem ($10 ticket and $32.50 book, includes tax -- only pre-ordered books are guaranteed to be signed).

Members of The Long Now Foundation receive a complimentary ticket with RSVP, and can choose to pre-order a SIGNED copy of Anathem for $32.50 when they RSVP (only pre-ordered books are guaranteed to be signed).

Tickets and Member RSVP are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

BRIEF SUMMARY:
Neal Stephenson's long-awaited book Anathem will be released to the public on Tuesday September 9, 02008. Join us on this evening to hear the author read from his new work and converse with Stewart Brand and Danny Hillis of The Long Now Foundation. We'll also have a special musical performance of math-based chanting created for Anathem by composer David Stutz . A book signing, reception and all-around celebration will follow (we'll have a cash bar too). Additional copies of the book will also be for sale at the event, but we can only guarantee that pre-ordered books will be signed.

The concept behind Anathem germinated in 01999* when Danny Hillis asked Stephenson and several other contributors to sketch out their ideas of what Long Now's 10,000 Year Clock might look like. Stephenson tossed off a quick sketch and promptly forgot about it. Five years later, however, when he was between projects, the idea came back to him and he began to explore the possibility of building a novel around it - Anathem is the result.

"It is a great story, set in an alternative reality where people take long-term thinking seriously." -Danny Hillis

"Long Now’s 10,000-year clock inspired Neal Stephenson’s new story, Anathem, and now Anathem is inspiring the Long Now. In ten centuries, no one will be sure which came first." -Kevin Kelly

Additional information on The Long Now Foundation, Neal Stephenson and Anathem can be found here:

http://kk.org/ct2/2008/08/neal-stephenson-and-the-10000y.php

http://blog.longnow.org/2008/07/21/anathem-and-long-now/

http://blog.longnow.org/2008/08/19/neal-stephenson-king-of-the-worlds/

About the Long Now Foundation:
The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 01996* to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

*The Long Now Foundation uses five digit dates, the extra zero is to solve the deca-millennium bug which will come into effect in about 8,000 years.

MEDIA CONTACT
Contact: Danielle Engelman
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 ext.1


EVENT

Long-term X PRIZEs with Peter Diamandis


Dates:
Fri Sep 12, 2008 00:00 - Wed Aug 06, 2008

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Peter Diamandis presents
Long-term X-Prizes

Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis is dedicated to bringing about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In this lecture, Diamandis will discuss a new class of X PRIZEs which are larger in purse size and far more ambitious in scope. He calls these “Mega-X PRIZEs” as they tackle bigger problems over longer timeframes and use the high financial stakes to drive more aggressive advancement in scientific discoveries. Previously, he awarded The Ansari X PRIZE of $10 million to the creators of SpaceShipOne for being the first privately developed craft to take a human to space.

The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.

Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand.
www.longnow.org

Friday September 12, 02008
Doors open 7:00pm, talk at 7:30pm lasting ~1.5 hours

The Herbst Theater
War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

$10 suggested donation

We recommend you arrive early; priority seating is available for Members of Long Now.
https://secure.longnow.org/members/

For more information contact:
Danielle Engelman
Community Development Director
danielle@longnow.org
415.561.6582 x1