The Long Conversation features more than 25 leaders from the arts and sciences in a relay of two-person dialogues focused on what makes them optimistic about the future. From edible houses to Maker nurses to art activism, learn about the best ideas on the horizon in 15-minute rolling conversations between surprising conversationalists from all walks of life.
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by session.
Computer nerd. Design evangelist. Electrical engineer. Holder of 6 patents in computer graphics. Amateur radio enthusiast. Dad. Cyclist. Bad speler.
Director of the Arts & Industries Building, Smithsonian Former Executive Director, President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities for the Obama White House. Documentary filmmaker. Policy wonk. Recovering lawyer. Artsy but just kinda.
Queer Latinx Writer
- Aerosol cans, including pepper spray and Mace
- Food and drinks
- Bags larger than 11 x 15 x 13in
- Placards, signs, and banners
- Selfie sticks, tripods, and monopods
- Weapons and knives (duh!)
The Long Conversation is an experimental conversational format originated by the Art Angel Longplayer project in London in 2009, and brought to the US by the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. It is a relay of two-person dialogues for a set period of time, unified by a common prompt. In this case, each participant brings one idea with them about something that makes them optimistic about the future—a trend, an experience, an innovation, a technological breakthrough, a movement. It starts with two people on stage and every 15 minutes, one person leaves and another comes on. Each person is on stage for a total 30 minutes, during which time they have two 15-minute conversations with two people from different backgrounds about their ideas. Think of it as TED Conversations, instead of TED Talks.
Yes, although depending on demand and the number of people waiting patiently for entry in our stand-by line, we may ask that you move to the café area to watch the next session on monitors, or give up your seat and move to our standing room area.
On the registration page, you will be able to indicate that you are interested in a particular session that is already full. We will keep your information on hand and contact you if a seat opens up. If December 1st comes along and you have not heard from us, feel free to come and wait in the stand-by line 15 minutes before the session starts. In the mean time, register for your second option! All sessions will be captivating, informative and unique.
Oh yeah there will! The South Hall of the building will be home to a fantastic pop-bar and café by José Andrés from 3 – 10 p.m., serving sandwiches, snacks, beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. ID required to purchase alcohol. In this space you can also relax, sit down, watch the Conversation on a monitor and experience a mind-blowing interactive art installation, Surfing Stardust: Destination Earth by Nora Maccoby and NOIRFLUX.
Unfortunately, no. We have to limit entry to guests with a session reservation or stand-by ticket, for capacity reasons.
We love kids. However, this event is more of a grown-up thing. If you do want to bring your younger family members, we recommend 14 and up.