Online 17 Sep 2020 Price: Free

The Long Time Sessions is a fortnightly online talk series on cultivating care for the world beyond our lifetimes.

1 – 2.30pm BST

2020 is a poignant reminder that we need longer-term thinking now to tackle the existential risks we face and create a better world for future generations. The Long Time Sessions is a fortnightly Zoom talk series on cultivating care for the world beyond our lifetimes. It will bring together leading thinkers and doers from art, culture, philosophy, science, technology, law, finance and politics, to take a longer view. Speakers will explore how engaging with the long-term can change the way we act in the short term. Click here to view all sessions.

In the fourth session, we will hear from practitioners whose work is reorienting our politics, cultures and economies to account for future generations. Participants to this sessions include Roman Krznaric, author of The Good Ancestor; Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and Indy Johar, Founding Director, Dark Matter Labs. The conversation is moderated by Ella Saltmarshe, Co-Founder, The Long Time Project.

The Long Time Sessions are organised by The Long Time Project, in collaboration with the RSA and the General Ecology Network at the Serpentine Galleries.

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Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages. His new book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World, has been described by U2’s The Edge as ‘the book our children’s children will thank us for reading’. After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, Roman studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. He went on to found the world’s first Empathy Museum and the digital Empathy Library, and was also a founding faculty member of The School of Life. He is currently a Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation.

Sophie Howe was appointed as the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales in February 2016. Her role is to act as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales, and to support the public bodies listed in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to work towards achieving the well-being goals. Prior to this role, Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.

Indy Johar is a founding Director of 00 and Dark Matter Labs. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. He co-founded Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab, was a member of the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission. He is a thought leader in system change, the future of urban infrastructure finance, outcome-based investment, and the future of governance.

Ella Saltmarshe is a co-founder of The Long Time Project. Her work sits at the intersection of culture, narrative and systems change. She’s founded organisations and initiatives like The Point People, The Comms Lab, ItsOurTime, SHEvotes and Time to Vote. Her writing for stage and screen is represented by The Agency. She fascinated by the intersection between fiction and futures, see this recent film she wrote for the Guardian. Ella’s writing on culture and social change has been published in The Guardian, BBC, The Financial Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Wired, Monocle & Creative Review.


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