Our ability for long-term thinking, i.e. for reflecting about the future, has been eroded in recent decades. Paradoxically, although we think more in the short term, we are living longer and longer. According to philosopher Roman Krznaric, this is something we need to change as a matter of urgency.
Roman Krznaric has been working for years on the importance of a cultural change that will enable us to overcome the tyranny of immediacy and regain our ability to think in the long term for the benefit of our democracies. When we think about eco-social transitions, we must undoubtedly understand them as an intergenerational project; as a process that we must embark on without delay, knowing that we will not see the outcome.
Why is it important to bear in mind future generations? How do we make democracies think and act beyond the horizon of the next elections? What would help to accelerate this cultural change?
Roman Krznaric, philosopher, founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, and empathy adviser to organisations like Oxfam and the United Nations. He founded the world's first Empathy Museum and he is also a research fellow of the Long Now Foundation and member of the Club of Rome. His last book is titled The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World (a Spanish version was published in 2022 by Capitán Swing).
With participation from the following members of Foro Transiciones under the name Fila cero:
Nuria del Viso, anthropologist, she works at FUHEM on issues of peace and security and socio-ecological conflicts. Member of Foro Transiciones
José Luis Fernández Casadevante Kois, member of the GARÚA cooperative
Carmen Madorrán, philosophy lecturer at the Autonomous University of Madrid
Moderated by: Fernando Prats, architect and vice-chair of Foro Transiciones
Organised by La Casa Encendida and Foro Transiciones.