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The Clock of the Long Now

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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Author(s): Shari Cohen

Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Culture and civilization)

Keywords: Global Responsibility; Future; Values

Type: Other


The author describes Stewart Brand's project, a 10,000-year clock to ring once every century, devoted to extending time horizons in a period of speed and short-term memory. She suggests that it offers a challenge to Jews to think about how and whether our tradition offers resources for mustering the collective will for taking the long view of the future, in a world that is desperately in need of long term thinking.