23rd July 2020 | Live Stream

Join three of our leading public thinkers for an exploration of one of the most vital questions of the 21st century: How can we be good ancestors?

We live in the age of the tyranny of the now: politicians can barely see past the next election or businesses past the next quarterly report, and we are addicted to the latest tweet and the ‘buy now’ button. How can we overcome this frenetic short-termism and extend our time horizons to tackle long-term challenges from the climate crisis to threats from artificial intelligence and genetically engineered pandemics?

In this exclusive Salon Lockdown event, leading public philosopher Roman Krznaric will be sharing ideas from his powerful new book, The Good Ancestor: How To Think Long Term in a Short-Term World, on how we can expand our imaginations beyond the here and now. Exploring everything from the seventh-generation thinking of indigenous peoples and politically empowered ‘guardians of the future’ to the history of the London sewers and the latest neuroscience research, he argues that we have an inbuilt capacity to become ‘cathedral thinkers’.

After a short talk, Roman will be joined by two special guests, economist and author of Doughnut Economics Kate Raworth, and musician and cultural thinker Brian Eno, for a wide-ranging conversation about how we can master the art of long-term thinking.

This Salon is free and open to all as part of our commitment to get us together with big ideas in lockdown but if you would like to support, please consider making a £5 donation below to help keep our speakers in cake or buy Roman's incredible book, The Good Ancestor: How To Think Long Term in a Short-Term World from us below.

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