This animation explores the legacies we might leave for future generations and humanity’s place in the cosmic story.
Video credit: Tom Lee at Rocket Visual – http://www.rocket-visual.co.uk/.
About the book:
How can we be good ancestors? In The Good Ancestor, leading public philosopher Roman Krznaric explores how we can overcome the frenetic short-termism of the modern world by revealing six profound ways in which we can all learn to think long term. Drawing on radical innovations from around the globe, and describing uniquely human talents like ‘cathedral thinking’ that our expand our time horizons and sharpen our foresight, Krznaric celebrates the time rebels who are reinventing democracy, culture and economics so that we all have the chance to become good ancestors and create a better tomorrow. […]
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