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Ahmed Kabil

Managing Editor

As the founding Managing Editor for Ideas, Long Now's living archive of long-term thinking, Ahmed oversees Ideas editorial programming, manages and edits the Ideas team and our global roster of contributors, and occasionally writes stories of his own.

Ahmed has held a number of roles since joining Long Now in 02017. As a staff writer, he wrote features about Long Now's projects, such as The Manual For Civilization, Long Bets, PanLex, and the Clock of the Long Now's Orrery and Equation of Time Cam mechanisms. He also wrote about the intersection of long-term thinking and art, music, climate change, cartography, maintenance, and more. As a video editor, he edited and produced Long Now cinematic lectures, social videos, and end-of-year fundraising videos. From 02019-21, Ahmed served as Long Now's Head of Social Media, overseeing a period of unprecedented growth in our online reach as Long Now's programs went virtual during the Coronavirus pandemic. In 02022, Ahmed developed the editorial vision behind the launch of Ideas.

Previously, Ahmed worked in media, technology, and the networked arts and humanities. He was Head of Video at Timeline; co-creator of GoPop (acquired by BuzzFeed); Editor/Producer at Zeega; and a Research Fellow at metaLAB (at) Harvard. He is a graduate of Reed College, where he studied history, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. He lives in Barcelona.

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