Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani

Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?

Professor Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Prof Mahbubani serves in the Boards and Councils of institutions around the world, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities, University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, and as Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee. Before that, he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.

He is the author of a number of books including Can Asians Think? Understanding the Divide Between East and West; The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East; The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World; and co-author of The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace.

The Long Now Foundation and Asia Society Northern California are partnering on a series of talks in Long Now's Seminars About Long-term Thinking series. With the Asia Pacific region being vital to long term thinking for the planet, and especially for those on the Pacific coast, we believe that there is a fruitful collaboration to explore for our both of our memberships and the wider public.

The Asia Society's depth of knowledge about critical issues, key leaders and cultural perspectives coming out of Asia can inform the topics, people and conversations featured in the long-running Seminar series curated and hosted by Long Now's president Stewart Brand. Public access to the recorded talks broadens the reach of this in-depth collaboration.

Stewart Brand's Summary will be posted after the Seminar takes place.

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Condensed ideas about long-term thinking summarized by Stewart Brand
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Seminar Sponsors

Will and Margaret Hearst • David and Abby Rumsey • Kim Polese • Shel Kaphan • Garrett Gruener • The Libra Foundation • Peter Baumann • Brian Eno • Greg Stikeleather • Richard and Angie Thieriot • Nion McEvoy • Cameo Wood • Susie Tompkins Buell Fund • Panta Rhea Foundation • Ping Fu • Peter Schwartz • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation • Dean Ornish • The Baum Foundation • Lawrence Wilkinson • Mercy Burton Russell • Asia Society Northern California • The Long Now Membership

We would also like to recognize George Cowan (01920 - 02012) for being the first to sponsor this series.