All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Good Reads  History & Other Humanities  Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

The Good Ancestor How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World

New
By: Roman Krznaric(Author)
323 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations
Publisher: WH Allen
The Good Ancestor
Click to have a closer look
  • The Good Ancestor ISBN: 9780753554494 Hardback Jul 2020 In stock
    £19.99
    #250886
Price: £19.99
About this book Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

How can we be good ancestors?

From the first seeds sown thousands of years ago, to the construction of the cities we still inhabit, to the scientific discoveries that have ensured our survival, we are the inheritors of countless gifts from the past. Today, in an age driven by the tyranny of the now, with 24/7 news, the latest tweet, and the buy-now button commanding our attention, we rarely stop to consider how our actions will affect future generations. With such frenetic short-termism at the root of contemporary crises, the call for long-term thinking grows every day – but what is it, has it ever worked, and can we even do it?

In The Good Ancestor, leading public philosopher Roman Krznaric argues that there is still hope. From the pyramids to the NHS, humankind has always had the innate ability to plan for posterity and take action that will resonate for decades, centuries, even millennia to come. If we want to become good ancestors, now is the time to recover and enrich this imaginative skill.

The Good Ancestor reveals six profound ways in which we can all learn to think long-term, exploring how we can reawaken oft-neglected but uniquely human talents like 'cathedral thinking' that expand our time horizons and sharpen our foresight. Drawing on radical solutions from around the world, Krznaric celebrates the innovators who are reinventing democracy, culture and economics so that we all have the chance to become good ancestors and create a better tomorrow.

Customer Reviews

Biography

Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages.

After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, Roman studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. He went on to found the world’s first Empathy Museum and the digital Empathy Library, and was also a founding faculty member of The School of Life. He is currently a Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco.

Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. An acclaimed public speaker, his talks and workshops have taken him from a London prison to Google’s headquarters in California.

 

New
By: Roman Krznaric(Author)
323 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations
Publisher: WH Allen
Media reviews

"This is the book our children's children will thank us for reading,"
The Edge, U2

"Beautiful to read, heartfelt and persuasive The Good Ancestor is one of those landmark books with the power to shift a mindset. One turns the pages feeling a growing compulsion for change. Krznaric's clarion call for long-term thinking makes him an ancestor all future generations can be proud of"
– Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

"It deserves to be widely read – by policy makers, and indeed by all citizens who care about the prospects for their children and grandchildren"
– Professor Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal

"A great antidote to the short-term thinking that comes easily to us all. If you want to be a good ancestor, start by reading this book"
– Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy

"Clear-sighted and inspiring – a must-read for anyone who's looking for the good news"
– Brian Eno

Current promotions
British WildlifeoupNest Box Price List 2020Order your free copy of our 2020 equipment catalogue