In a world fraught with political fighting and short-termism, this special session from The Long Now Foundation, "Long-Term Innovation: The Long Conversation," will explore ways to build a culture of innovation for the twenty-first century, and maybe even save the planet along the way.
Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Global Business Network. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award), and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books include The Clock of the Long Now; How Buildings Learn; and The Media Lab. His most recent book, titled Whole Earth Discipline, is published by Viking in the US and Atlantic in the UK.
Daniel Franklin has been Executive Editor of The Economist since June 2006. Since 2003 he has been Editor of The Economist's annual publication, The World in...; The World in 2012 was published in November 2011. From May 2010 he has also been The Economist's Business Affairs Editor, responsible for the newspaper's coverage of business, finance and science. His special report on corporate social responsibility, "Just good business", was published in January 2008. He joined The Economist in 1983 to write about Soviet and East European affairs. As the newspaper's Europe Editor from 1986 to 1992 he covered the great European upheavals, from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty. After a stint as Britain Editor he moved to the United States as Washington Bureau Chief, covering the first Clinton term. In 1997 he moved back to London as Editorial Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he helped to transform a traditional print publisher into an online business providing continuously updated country analysis and forecasts. From 2006 to 2010 he was Editor-in-Chief of The Economist online, overseeing the integration of print and web editorial operations and helping to turn the site into a dynamic destination for global analysis and debate.
Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and a technology pioneer. He is founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, Intelius and InfoSpace. Jain is trustee of the board at X Prize Foundation and Singularity University. He is a member of Pacific Council on International Policy and Explorer Club. Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Albert Einstein Technology Medal for pioneers in technology, Top 20 Entrepreneurs and Life Time Achievement Award for Contribution to Technology and Entrepreneurship by Red Herring, Light of India Award for Business Leadership by The Times Group, Most Admired Serial Entrepreneur by Silicon India, and Six People Who Will Change the Internet by Information Week.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State. His most recent books include Soft Power, The Powers to Lead, and The Future of Power. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy.
Laura D'Andrea Tyson is an American economist and former Chair of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. She also served as Director of the National Economic Council. She is currently a professor at the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley.