How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World

WED, JAN 6, 2021 (1:41)

Author and philosopher, Roman Krznaric, who writes about the power of ideas to change society in his new book, The Good Ancestor, shares his view that it’s time to trade in shortsightedness for long-term thinking.

Krznaric outlines practical ways we can retrain our brains to think of the long view, including what he calls “Deep-Time Humility” (recognizing our lives as a cosmic eyeblink) and “Cathedral Thinking” (starting projects that will take more than one lifetime to complete). He aims to widen our focus, to inspire more “time rebels” like Greta Thunberg—to shift our allegiance from this generation to all humanity—in short, to save our planet, and our future.

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+ BIO: Roman Krznaric, Ph.D

Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London and empathy advisor to organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations, and he formerly taught sociology and politics at Cambridge University.

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