Join members of our TVW Learning Community for a very personal deep dive into what it means to behave as better ancestors.
As collaborative designers, parents, and grandparents, the need to draw on our capacity to think long-term has never been more crucial. We face very immediate threats such as a global pandemic, economic disruption, and racial and social injustice.
So, how might we transcend our collective “short-termism” or what can be described as The Tyranny of The Now?
Philosopher Roman Krznaric encourages us to create a cognitive toolkit for challenging our obsession with the here and now—whether public health, technological risks, or the ecological crisis. In his newest book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World, Krznaric identifies paths out of our “Now-ism” conundrum.
On October 28, 2020, as part of The Long Now Foundation series, TVW Founding Member Todd Johnston and TVW Board Member Peter Durand watched Roman Krznaric’s presentation and challenging discussion with Kevin Kelly. (See Todd and Peter’s debrief.)
Over the next seven months they hosted a series of intimate conversations to explore the six drivers of short-termism and apply the six tools of long-term thinking.
Six Important Tools for Being a Good Ancestor
After watching the live stream from The Long Now Foundation, we ask one of the most important questions of our time: How can we be good ancestors?
Many of our shared MG Taylor models, methods, and collaborative design processes have been essential in doing this type of thinking and planning: encouraging a “cathedral builder” mentality; increased empathy through using personas; future scenarios, backcasting; and more.
We believe humanity to have a long future ahead, but we have a short time to get there! Join us in the archive for what was a heartfelt and meaningful discussion!
Todd Johnston is, among other things, a father, son, spouse, imagineer, bibliophile, process designer, facilitator, and collaboration architect living in Northern California. He is a Founding Member of The Value Web and dedicated to deepening collaborative, social processes for mutual learning, co-creation, and systemic change. His work involves engaging with extraordinary everyday people from various backgrounds, identities, and associations seeking to be better at humaning and to create more positive social outcomes, together. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
Peter Durand is an artist and educator, based in Chicago, who uses visual facilitation to help people understand complex situations and make better decisions. He currently serves as a Board Member of The Value Web and volunteer Community Manager for our TVW Learning Community. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
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