Today I became a member of The Long Now Foundation. Here is what they say about themselves:
The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the [Clock] and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.
I discovered them because Bruce Sterling, one of my favorite thinkers and writers, gave a talk at a Long Now event. People involved with The Long Now are Kevin Kelly, Brian Eno, Stewart Brand… They organize inspiring talks and do great stuff like building a mechanical clock which should last 10,000 years. I think it’s a good thing to support them. They help people to think and to debate in a larger context, in a slower and more thoughtful way.