Summary of 3 Ways to Plan for the (Very) Long Term

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A “longpath” approach to decision making counters “short-termism” that negatively affects future generations.


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It’s a “hyper-reactive” world in which the focus is always on the problem du jour. Instead of putting out today’s fires, think about what will consume humankind years or even generations from now. Abandon “short-termism” in favor of “longpath” thinking, recommends futurist Ari Wallach, to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. getAbstract applauds Wallach’s well-considered approach toward shaping a viable future for subsequent generations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What negative effects are associated with “short-termism,”
  • How a “longpath” approach can help you plan for a better future, and
  • What three practices foster a futurist mind-set.


When planning for the future, people seldom think beyond a time horizon of six months. This “short-termism” is the wrong mental model for solving the world’s big problems, yet it dominates...
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About the Speaker

Ari Wallach is the founder and CEO of Synthesis Corp and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University.

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