Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz
San Francisco, California
It takes a lot of gelassenheit to build a Type I civilization.
Connecting science, technology, and futurism
with aesthetics, hermeneutics, and phenomenology.
THE LONG NOW FOUNDATION
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 presented at conferences around the globe, and I've spoken to audiences at Stanford, Google X, Xerox PARC, and more. I also appear on podcasts and panels. If you’re interested in booking a talk or an interview, send me a note.
Select public appearances:
Move Slow and Preserve Things, La French Tech
On Deep Time and Climate, The Broto Conference
Long-term Information Ecologies, The Informed Life
Pandemic Reflections, The Palladium Podcast
Skillful Perception at the Scale of Civilization, published in The Side View, journal, 02020
This paper addresses the main philosophical problem faced by long-term thinking. In it 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 new 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 sang and played guitar in bands like Sun Cellar and The Fireship and Alaya before Spotify took off.
Favorite artists include Tigran Hamasyan, Nils Frahm, Max Cooper, Jon Hopkins, and Jaga Jazzist.
Much thanks to Christopher Michel and Anthony Thornton for letting me use their photographic work.
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