Director of Development
Nicholas is focused on the next generation of long-term thinkers in orbit around The Long Now Foundation. He also helps direct our fundraising. Nicholas has raised funds for creative projects his entire life.
He’s a philosopher by avocation and a systems engineer by training.
Nicholas speaks to audiences around the world about the ethos behind our projects and the importance of long-term thinking.
He is also the person you should contact if you are interested in supporting our work with a special donation.
He cares deeply about the role that preservation plays for any great work of art across time.
"Just as a work cannot be without being created but is essentially in need of creators, so what is created cannot itself come into being without those who preserve it.
However, if a work does not find preservers, does not at once find them such as respond to the truth happening in the work, this does not at all mean that the work may also be a work without preservers. Being a work, it always remains tied to preservers, even and particularly when it is still only waiting for preservers and only pleads and waits for them to enter into its truth. Even the oblivion into which the work can sink is not nothing; it is still a preservation. It feeds on the work. Preserving the work means: standing within the openness of beings that happens in the work. This "standing-with" of preservation, however, is a knowing. Yet knowing does not consist in mere information and notions about something. He who truly knows what is, knows what he wills to do in the midst of what is."
— M. Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, 01950