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Invite: UnConference, How best for humans to thrive and survive over the long-term

  • Date: Friday, 16 September | Approx 9.30am to 4.30pm 
  • Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE
  • If you think this might be for you and I hope it is, Do Come:  link to register here.

I am co-hosting with Chatham House an UnConference. I think most EA minded folk would enjoy coming along, we want to hear your ideas for how humanity and the planet can thrive over the long term – this might be on the link between sustainability and opportunities from innovation; possible new forms of governance and decision making; how to enact change for generations of the future; as well as risks and opportunities from AI, the financial system, education, design – and more.

This should appeal to

  • long-termists, those concerned for the next 10 years as well as next 1000+
  • Progress thinkers
  • Innovation, governance, AI people
  • Sustainability…
  • X-risks, S-risks...
  • Anything which might be good for the future of humanity and the world 

In essence anyone who has an interested in any of the projects of EA should really like this conference.

So what is our style of UnConference? Think of EAG, but where the people in the room set the agenda.


On the day, participants self-organise to create their own agenda, allowing a dynamic and immediate response to the issues at hand. Any participant can timetable a topic on something that they want to work on. Nothing is out of bounds. Once all the topics are timetabled, participants move into smaller, flexible break-out groups. People work on the things that they feel most passionate about.

We will use OpenSpace with Improbable. At traditional conferences, some of the best conversations happen in the corridors and the audience have just as many ideas as the panel. You can find out more about Improbable and the way in which they use Open Space here.

Open Space was used by Audrey Tang in Taiwan (if you heard them on Rob Wiblin’s podcast[1]. I think Open Space is a much better way of having an ideas conference.

(I tentatively think that this whole way of idea generating, before policy making, could along with a tool such as Polis could unblock wider governance and decision making problems. But that’s an aside.)

We will also be publishing a write up of people's ideas and conversations (if you give them to us). Think of all those great conversations at EAG, but you get to share them with the world.

It’s free, but will likely get booked out. If you really think this is for you, do reach out to me, tell me why,  and I will make sure you are on the list.

  • Date: Friday, 16 September | Approx 9.30am to 4.30pm 
  • Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE


Randomly more about me, if it helps. I host a podcast which has had some EA-aligned thinkers (Leopold Aschenbrenner, Alec Stapp), critics (Larry Temkin), adjacent/interactive (Aella, Nadia Asparahova); innovation and progress thinkers (Matt Clancy, Anton Howes, Stian Westlake); as well as sustainabilty, arts, economics.

I am an associate fellow at Chatham House. I manage pension fund money for long term investing (although not that long-term) in global equities (the important day job). I run microgrants. I have a substack. I am a playwright. I have interests in theatre, arts, autism, sustainability, innovation and the future...

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Just a shame it’s during working hours! All the best with the event.

We might try a weekend for another UnConference, but feel free to come for a half day if that suits. 

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