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Peter Leyden
The Enlightenment of the 18th century created the last civilization— until The Transformation of the 21st century created a new one.

Editor’s Note: We’ve finally come to the last installment of the interview with Stuart Rand where he shares his wisdom on the significance of America’s role in the first half of the 21st century. Stuart was one of the first at the time to recognize that the changes in the…


Donald Trump played Herbert Hoover and ended the conservative era, while Joe Biden provided the bridge to a new progressive era that opened up

Editor’s Note: We continue with the 4th installment of our interview with the one-and-only Stuart Rand who tells the story of America through to 2050 now that he’s reached a wise old age in 2100. Here he explains the dramatic shift in politics in the 2020s and the consequent changes…


The transition of the entire energy system of the world from carbon to clean drove a long boom for 30 years

Editor’s Note: We pick up with our third installment of our interview with renowned author Stuart Rand as he looks back on the story of America from 2020 to 2050 from his vantage point towards the end of his life in 2100. He gives his version of how America reinvented…


When we look back from the year 2100 we see how the years from 2020 to 2050 provided the takeoff for The Transformation

Editor’s Note: To mark the arrival of the year 2100, Medium is embarking on a series of deep-dive interviews with writers, thinkers, scientists, and technologists who will look back on the remarkable events of the last century. First up: Stuart Rand, a journalist working mostly for Medium for three decades…


America and the world arguably are in the beginning stages of a transformation of historic scale that will be remembered for a long time to come

By Peter Leyden

How will we ever get beyond this coronavirus crisis? How will we dig ourselves out of this economic hole? And even if we somehow do get beyond the pandemic, how will we solve mounting economic inequality? Or deal with longstanding racial inequities? Or get past our political…


I’m honored to be giving the next talk in the prestigious Seminar Series for Long-term Thinking at the Long Now Foundation that will be streamed to the public this coming Tuesday, Feb. 9th, at 5 pm Pacific.

I have attended dozens of these talks over the last 20 years featuring…


Why 2100? Why tell the story of America’s future from 2020 to 2050 from the perspective of a person in 2100? …


This week’s story in The Transformation series makes the controversial case that the 2020 election will be seen as a watershed in American history and join the ranks of other iconic years like 1932 or 1980 that mark the beginning of a new political era.

The view from 2100 will…


If there is one challenge most responsible for causing our pervasive feelings of despair and fear of the future, it’s climate change. …


I’m trying out the new newsletter feature in Medium to help launch my new series of stories that lay out a overarching narrative of a much more positive future for the next 30 years — so bear with me as I get my sea legs.

The plan was to launch…

Peter Leyden

Always figuring out the future. Now Host of the Civilization Salons at The Long Now & Senior Fellow for Strategic Foresight at Autodesk. See: PeterLeyden.com

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