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Long Now Foundation presentation @ Plan*B


Here is a short report from the first presentation in
connection with the PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI project.

The Plan*B Referendums are going on at the moment,
Finnish people have been voting and commenting a lot,
more votes would be welcome on the english pages....
pls contribute at www.publicopinion.fi!

juha.

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Alexander Rose, the executive director of the Long Now Foundation, visited
PLAN*B in Helsinki on Thursday 27 January 02005 to give a lecture about the
purpose and current activities of the foundation.

The '10 000 Year Clock' is a clock that measures years instead of seconds
and centuries instead of hours. The challenge is to design a clock in that
will function reliably over the time period of 10 000 years. The first
prototype of the project requires attention from people on a regular basis -
it has to be manually wound like old-fashioned clocks. This is one of the
strategies the foundation is recommending for projects with a very long time
span. If a project requires maintenance, there is a higher probability that
it will function over a time span of several generations. The idea is that
it's better to build solutions where a small problem can be solved on a
regular basis, instead of creating a longer term solution (and possibly a
much greater problem) for the future generations. For example it is better
to design a storage space for nuclear waste that will be safe for 100 years
instead of a trying to design one that would stay safe for 10 000 years.

The long term goal of the 10 000 Year Clock project is to build a large
scale clock which would be a symbol for long term thinking. It would be an
attraction that people could visit, just like the Big Ben or the Statue of
Liberty. Recently the Long Now Foundation purchased a mountain in Nevada
desert where the clock will be placed together with a 10 000 Year Library.
The site is located in a national park and should be safe from earthquakes,
nuclear warfare, etc. Another advantage is that the visitors will have to
reserve some time to visit the site, since it is 5 hours away from the
closest airport.

Another initiative by the foundation is the Rosetta project, inspired by the
famous Rosetta stone. The Rosetta stone contains the same text written in
three ancient languages and has been an important tool for understanding
early languages and writing systems. The goal of the project is to create a
new version of the Rosetta stone, a public archive which contains the same
text written in as many languages as possible. The project has crucial
timing since it has been predicted that as many as fifty to ninety percent
of the 7000 languages on the planet will disappear during the next
century, with little or no significant documentation. The Rosetta project
is currently the most extensive online language archive of all languages.

The Rosetta Project is archiving ten components for each language including
a parallel text, an audio file, word lists, grammars and more. The parallel
text which was chosen to be documented in this project was the Genesis from
the Old Testament. It was chosen because it is the most translated text ever
in the history of humankind. This choice made the process of collecting the
languages easier but has also brought up some difficulties since there are
many people who would have preferred another text.

Alexander also spoke about the 'Digital Dark Age'which our generation is
currently living in. The current information storage mechanisms will leave
very little information for the future generations to explore. This is due
to the quick pace in which digital storage formats are becoming obsolete and
impossible to access. Another factor is that within the digital production
process, people often save only the final versions, not the drafts and the
files created in the working process. 'If Leonardo Da Vinci were alive
today, his notebooks would not be preserved for the future'.

Alexander finished the presentation by talking about the foundation's
approach to democracy. The democratic political process is by definition
time limited through elections with the consequence that long term projects
are not prioritized and/or realized. In PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI
project, the Long Now Foundation is asking people to propose solutions
for the lack of long term thinking in politics.

www.publicopinion.fi
www.longnow.org

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DISCUSSION

PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI - presentations and discussions


PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI is an alternative Parliament House. It
has its homebase opposite to the Finnish Parliament House,
in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. The name of the project
refers to the location of the Finnish Parliament House - Arkadianmaki
('Arcadia hill') is the Finnish Capitol Hill. PLAN*B will organise
a series of public Referendums on the Internet. The voting period
for PLAN*B Referendums is 24th Jan-6th Feb 2005.

www.publicopinion.fi

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PLAN*B presentations and discussions

Featuring Alexander Rose (Long Now Foundation), Oliver
Kochta & Tellervo Kalleinen (Micronations), Per Norback
(Demoex), Paavo Arhinmaki (Vasemmistonuoret), Kaisa
Eskola (Attac), member of Finnish Parliament Irina Krohn,
Jiri Seppanen (Leader of the Free World project) and
Jon Brunberg (Utopian World Championship).

Schedule:

Alexander Rose / Long Now Foundation
Thursday 27 Jan, 17-19hrs

Micronations / Mikrovaltiot
Wed 2 Feb, 17-19hrs

Our right to vote - a limited form of democracy?
Fri 4 Feb, 16-19hrs

Utopias of democracy / Brand New Worlds
Sat 5 Feb, 13-15hrs

Julkinen Mielipide / Public opinion
Sun 6.2, 13-15hrs

All presentations and discussions are in english,
except the last discussion (Julkinen Mielipide
/ Public opinion) on Sunday.

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Alexander Rose, the executive director of The Long Now Foundation,
will give a presentation about the foundation and its activities on
27th of January in Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.
The presentation is the first event organised by the PLAN*B FOR
ARKADIANMAKI project. The events continue on the following
week with discussions on topics "Our right to vote - a limited form
of democracy?", "Utopias of democracy / Brand New Worlds" and
"The Public Opinion". The discussions bring together a diverse mix
of people working and experimenting politics, including Per Norback
(Demoex direct democracy experiment), Kaisa Eskola (Attac), Jon
Brunberg (Utopian World Championship), Paavo Arhinmaki
(Vasemmistonuoret), Oliver Kochta & Tellervo Kalleinen
(Micronations), member of Finnish Parliament Irina Krohn, Jiri
Rasanen (Leader of The Free World project) and many more!

The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to
today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better"
thinking. The foundation aims to creatively foster responsibility
in the framework of the next 10,000 years through a series of
ambitious real world projects. The foundation was established by
a group of people who have been influencial in helping us understand
the social and cultural effects of technological development. These
people include Stewart Brand (founder of Whole Earth Catalogue
and co-founder of Global Business Network), Brian Eno ('the
father of ambient music') and Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED
magazine).

Per Norback is a 35-year-old teacher who has put direct democracy
through the internet in practise in his home town Vallentuna, located
north of Stockholm. After an intensive discussion about democracy
he and his students decided to start a non-partisan political party
that would make all their decisions with the help of a specially
developed e-democracy solution for the internet. They called this
party Demoex that stands for "Democracy Experiment". The Demoex
internet system is open for all the inhabitants in the city of
Vallentuna to join. Demoex took one seat in the local community
council of Vallentuna in the elections of 2002.

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More information: www.publicopinion.fi

DISCUSSION

PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI!


PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI
www.publicopinion.fi
24 Jan-6 Feb 2005
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

PRESS RELEASE - 15 Dec 2004

PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI - an alternative Parliament House

PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI is an alternative Parliament House.
It will have its home opposite to the Finnish Parliament House, in Kiasma
Museum of Contemporary Art. The name of the project refers to the location
of the Finnish Parliament House - Arkadianmaki ('Arcadia hill') is the
Finnish Capitol Hill.

PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI will organise a series of public
Referendums on the Internet. The topics of the Referendums have been
chosen by artists and activists, who have created projects which offer
alternative views of how we can share our opinions and influence the
world around us.

Utopian World Championship is a worldwide competition in visionary
thinking. For PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMAKI, they have decided to
present one of the competition entries from this year; an experiment in
direct democracy called Demoex, which has become a part of the
local decision-making process in the Vallentuna municipality of Sweden.

The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's
"faster/cheaper" mindset and promote "slower/better" thinking. The
foundation has initiated a series of ambitious real world projects to
creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000
years.

Amorph!03 Festival gathered together the official representatives of the
Micronations for the very first time. Micronations are 'do-it-yourself
nations', nations which have been established by individual people or
artist groups.

2000.katastro.fi project collected the thoughts of the Finnish people
during the last weeks of the previous millennium. The Yes Men and
Kaulbach Society use creative means to criticize national and global
power structures. Homokaasu.org is a mystifyingly popular website,
which features projects requiring collective participation, such as the
Kill Everyone Project.

The voting period for PLAN*B Referendums is 24th Jan-6th Feb 2005.
The local audience can follow the progress of the Referendums from a
large-scale outdoor video screen. In addition to topics chosen by artists
and activists, one of the Referendum topics will be chosen by the public.
During the voting period, several discussion sessions and other public
events will be organised. The final results of the PLAN*B Referendums
will be submitted to the Finnish Parliament.

More information

PLAN*B website contains short descriptions of the Referendum
topics and introductions to all the projects. More information about
the PLAN*B program will be published in January 2005.

Web: www.publicopinion.fi - E-mail: info@publicopinion.fi

Phone: +358 40 570 96 17 / Juha Huuskonen

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