3.10. CASE STUDY: 10000 Year Clock

CASE STUDY: 10,000 Year Clock

10000 Year Clock

The Long Now Foundation‘s 10,000 year clock is not an aspect of the future manifesting in the present, but it shares with Experiential Futures work an interest in encouraging people to reflect on the future.

The Long Now Foundation is dedicated to the task of making people think in longer timeframes than they are used to. The Foundation’s flagship project is the creation of a clock that ticks once a year, which will run for 10,000 years. The clock is currently under construction, and will be installed in a mountain in East Texas.

From the Foundation’s website: ‘Why would anyone build a Clock inside a mountain with the hope that it will ring for 10,000 years? Part of the answer: just so people will ask this question, and having asked it, prompt themselves to conjure with notions of generations and millennia. If you have a Clock ticking for 10,000 years what kinds of generational-scale questions and projects will it suggest? If a Clock can keep going for ten millennia, shouldn’t we make sure our civilization does as well?’