Articles and other media based on my book The Good Ancestor.


TED Talk on HowTo Be A Good Ancestor. Part of TED Global’s Countdown campaign to help tackle the climate crisis. Over 1 million views.

Sky News: Oh the sweet irony! Interview with Adam Boulton on humanity’s urgent need to think long-term, while the latest movements in the FTSE share index and exchange rates flicker above my head.

Today Programme, BBC Radio 4: Introduced by Evan Spiegel, cofounder of Snapchat, who guest edited this edition of Today.

Time Rebels: Brilliantly produced documentary on the book made for Dutch public television’s Tegenlicht programme. Includes climbing a 900 year-old tree (45 minutes, in English).

CBC Canada: It’s time to include future generations in our vision of the ‘common good’, I argue in this interview on the renowned CBC Ideas radio programme.

Long Now Foundation: 45 minute talk on How to Be a Better Ancestor and Q&A with Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly and Alexander Rose.

Salon London: 25 min talk about The Good Ancestor followed by conversation with economist Kate Raworth and musician Brian Eno.

Renegade Inc TV: Episode dedicated to The Good Ancestor, hosted by Ross Ashcroft

Hay Festival 2020: Digital talk about the book, chaired by John Mitchinson, with acorn and marshmallow props! (£10 subscription to Hay Player required.)

RSA Interview: Discussion with regenerative economy expert Josie Warden about…well everything really, from cathedral thinking to biomimicry.

RSA Podcast: Discussion with Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of the Arts, about the big question of the 21st century: How can we be good ancestors?

BBC World TV: In this recording from the Hay Festival 2019 on Long-Termism: How to Think in Deep Time, I talk with astronomer Martin Rees and Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.

David McWilliams Podcast: Discussion with the Irish economist and broadcaster about our responsibilities to future generations.

ABC Radio Australia: Interview with Jacinta Parsons on the roots of short-termism and what to do about it.

Google Author Talk: Explorations of how to master the six way to think long term.

British Library: In conversation with sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson – we discuss The Good Ancestor alongside his latest book The Ministry for the Future.

The Big Think: Video called ‘The Marshmallow Brain Trap’, where I discuss the struggle between our marshmallow brain and acorn brain.

Let the Future Generations Escape: Talk on why we should grant rights to future generations (30 minutes).


Guardian: To Safeguard Future Generations We Must Learn to Be Better Ancestors – article on the emerging movement of time rebels

Long Now Foundation: Six Ways to Think Long Term: A Cognitive Toolkit for Good Ancestors – my ultimate overview article of the book.

Open Democracy: article on Four Ways to Redesign Democracy for Future Generations.

Aeon/Psyche magazine: article on Why Should We Care About Future Generations?

Open Democracy: article on Do We Need Benign Dictators to Deal With the Climate Crisis?

Boston Globe: article on the Future Design movement in Japan.

Five Books: Interview with Caspar Henderson on my top five books about long-term thinking.

BBC Culture: Three Ideas for How to Live a Better Life – reflections on death and our connection with future generations

BBC Future: Why We Need to Reinvent Democracy for the Long Term – an article on the politics of long-term thinking.

Intergenerational Foundation: article of the Three Long-Term Pathways for Human Civilisation

Other media: MIT Technology Review, York Festival of Ideas, Greenbelt podcast, Sunday Independent (Ireland), Knack Weekend (Belgium), Joju Solar, Sustainababble podcast, Dear Lovejoy podcast, Futures podcast, Bookomi podcast, Just Festival talk, Sustain What? webcast, Hans Ulrich Obrist in Tages Anzeiger newspaper (Switzerland), MO Magazine (Belgium), Zestology podcast, How To Academy podcast, Sustainability Agenda podcast, BBC Mundo, Involve, From What Is To What If podcast with Rob Hopkins, Good Life podcast, Innocracy, Cambridge Forum, Democracy Nerd webcast, Climate Action Project, Reimagine Podcast at Skoll Centre, Time to Talk podcast, Radio New Zealand, De Groene Amsterdammer, Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland, Trouw, NRC Handelsblad, El Timpo Colombia, Engadin Arts Talks (in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist), Nynke Laverman podcast, The Verb BBC Radio 3, Positive News,, Vox, Shift Talks Den Bosch (Netherlands), MBS Works podcast