“Let’s create a problem which would maximise human apathy – what would it be – it would be global warming: it would happen long in the future we don’t see it progressing we don’t see any individual person suffering and … Continue reading
from a long termism workshop in Oxford:
How do you get people interested in long termism?
It was felt that too much long term work was done by academics in isolation. When planning scientific research you ask an academic to do it. But the example of Africa was given where you would engage all people about the problem and through their collective knowledge and experience you would collectively engineer a solution. It was suggested that we need new models of research to help achieve this type of outcome. It was felt that you need to involve public in the process from the outset and come up with their own ideas and solutions so building on their traditional knowledge as part of the solutions rather than just asking them to endorse a professional solution. Again this required a change of culture but interestingly was part of the current governments localism agenda.
By David Grow:
Britain should look beyond the folly of “Plan A” austerity to the social market pillars of long-termism and resilient fairness …..
“IBM ran a four-full-page ad in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal recently on their 100th birthday. The ad is a remarkable assessment of the virtues of long-term-ism.
A few excerpts …:
…. To make an enduring impact over the long term, you have to manage for the long term ….. Long-term thinking affects almost every aspect of how you lead. And it turns out to be anything but safe, steady and conservative. Its rewards are powerful, but to achieve them, long-term thinking compels you to confront some fundamental questions: How does an organization outlive its founder?
How do leaders manage for the long term in a world driven by short-term thinking? ……
“Whilst Peers [UK senators] are often comfortable looking to the past for inspiration, they need to be equipped to look to the future: to think and act on long-term perspectives; and to help to ensure that a sense for the needs of future generations of people and voters, not just the present, permeates our system of parliamentary democracy.”
“Here at the World Future Council we endeavor to bring the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. We inform policy makers about future just policies and advise them on how to implement these. Political solutions for the challenges of our time exist.”
From a UK event invitation:
The fair treatment of everyone’s rights is an essential element of a sustainable future. As the Earth’s natural resources are put under increasing pressure by our activities, there is a growing concern about intergenerational equity – respecting the rights of future generations to a healthy natural environment. These ‘potential people’ do not have the capacity to speak for themselves, yet we are building up a debt to them, both financially and ecologically. The Schumacher Institute and the Alliance for Future Generations invite you to join us as we explore our relationship with these people.
Link to podcasts: http://www.convergeproject.org/futuregenerationsseminar