The photo on the main page shows a stone age chopping tool on display in the British Museum that's the oldest known object made by man. Found near the Olduvai Gorge by Louis S.B. Leaky in the 1930's it is two million years old. In the BBC's ground breaking podcast, The History of the World in a Hundred Objects, Neil MacGregor notes that from this moment in our history, we can no longer survive without the things we make. But even more interesting, he suggests that the care with which this tool was crafted marks the beginning of a defining human trait - the obsession, not just to make things, but to make them better. In other words, design.

Long Now at the Big Hunt

Long Now at the Big Hunt in NW DC

Long Now at the Big Hunt in NW DC

Fans of the Long Now brought long term thinking to The Big Hunt near DuPont Circle for the very first time... officially at least. This past Wednesday was the inaugural meeting of the D.C. Chapter of the Long Now Foundation, and the conversation was far reaching. 

I myself was accused of linear thinking, though I pled not guilty. Though the jury's still out on that count, we traded ideas from the sane to wildly crazy and even comical. It was extremely enjoyable to run through the intellectual calisthenics of taking something you know can't possibly happen in the next five years and think about how that same impossibility becomes inevitable over a long enough span of time. How long will it be before D.C. finally gets statehood? What's the future of automation and what does its increasing acceleration imply for human activity? What is the economic future of the planet? Will borders become obsolete?

The ten of us who kicked off the D.C. Chapter are looking forward to bringing others into the fold. If you're interested in getting together with other long term thinkers, join the Meetup group Longnow DC and stay tuned to find out when and where we'll be gathering. It won't be long...