• Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz

    San Francisco, California

  • I think about thinking about time. I create counterbalances. I think futurists underinvest in tradition. I think engineers underinvest in mystery. I think humans underinvest in optimism. I plan to overinvest in books and friends and wild theories about poetry and metaphysics.


    I am the Director of Development at The Long Now Foundation, a nonprofit that serves as a center of gravity for long-term projects and long-term thinkers around the world.

    We believe that civilization-scale challenges call for civilization-scale thinking.

    Much of our work aims to counterbalance the culture of short-termism.


    Our largest project is The Clock of the Long Now: an immense mechanical monument, installed in a mountain, designed to keep accurate time for the next 10,000 years.


    Our foundation has over 11,000 members across more than 65 countries. We operate The Interval, an award-winning cocktail bar in San Francisco. We produce monthly lectures and podcasts. We created a long-term archive of human language (copies of which now reside on a comet—and on the moon). We have our hands in the de-extinction of the woolly mammoth. And there's more. We keep busy.


    The Long Now Foundation was founded in 01996 by musician Brian Eno, writer Stewart Brand, inventor Danny Hillis, journalist Kevin Kelly, and futurist Peter Schwartz.






    I've spoken to audiences around the globe and to institutions like Stanford, Google X, Xerox PARC, and more.


    My talks focus on the next 10,000 years, the last 10,000 years, technology, agency, responsibility, futurism, preservation, aesthetics, and hope.


    If you’re interested in booking a talk or an interview, send me a note.




    A few select public appearances:






    Skillful Perception at the Scale of Civilization, published in The Side View, 02020

    This paper addresses the main philosophical problem faced by the concept of long-term thinking. I argue that long-term thinking influences the future by transforming the present. It does this by shaping our perceptions, as other contemplative practices have been shaping human perception for thousands of years. By changing our practices, we change what we see. By changing what we see, we change who we are. By changing who we are, we change the world. This hermeneutic gives rise to a novel theory of change for long-term thinking.









    In another life, in Chicago, I pursued a career in music.


    I got to watch from stage as the Myspace era gave way to the Spotify and YouTube eras.


    I sang and played guitar in bands like Sun Cellar and The Fireship and Alaya.