Video | The Good Ancestor – The Legacies We Leave

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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 –

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. […]

Toda elders
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“We must remember that the Kondhs, many of whom live high up in the mountainous forests and call themselves Dongria Kondh, do not safeguard humanity with just their seeds. They do so with their food systems, their bond with the forests and wildlife, their belief system, social ways, and culture. Kondh society carries within it several lessons that can teach us about humanity itself.” | Learn more >>

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