The Long Now Foundation presents
The Refugee Reality
a panel discussion
Thinking Long-term About the Evolving Global Challenges
The Interval at Long Now: check-in begins at 6:30; discussion starts at 7:30
stay afterwards to continue the conversation with our guest experts on refugee issues
Populations are destabilizing around the world. Millions are migrating under duress. Refugee camps the size of cities have persisted for decades. Real dangers and sensationalized fear drive short term news.
We'll bring long-term thinking to a problem that has urgency now but promises to evolve for many years into the future. We'll have guests from non-profits at work on the ground and others who have studied the global refugee picture for years; a panel discussion with a variety of perspectives on refugee issues around the world.
photo: UNHCR / I. Prickett
photo: The Italian Coastguard / Massimo Sestini
How can taking a Big Here and Long Now approach help us think beyond the short term imperatives and better prepare for a truly worldwide phenomenon which will continue due to environmental as well as political displacements. Our panel will share reports from the field and discuss ideas for the future.
The event will feature an onstage discussion about the global refugee situation and a dialogue with our audience about how we can take a long term view to improve the refugee reality.
photo: UNHCR / A. D'Amato
Join us in a dialogue about this important challenge that requires long-term thinking and a global mindset.
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graphs from UNHCR (02015 report on 02014 stats)
When & Where
The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.