The Long Now Foundation:
The Interval at Fort Mason

The Interval at Fort Mason

The Time Helix has been recognized by The Long Now Foundation.

The team at Helixaeon is honored by this recognition as the Long Now Foundation is the leading global institution that initiates and supports an open and timely discussion of the necessity for long-term thinking.

Dan Richardson, Co-Founder and CEO of Helix, has been named a Long Now Research Fellow. Dan presented the Time Helix model to Stewart Brand, Co-Founder and President, and Zander Rose, CEO of the Long Now. Stuart shared many thoughtful insights and Zander stated that Dan’s, “ on visualizing time is by far the best effort I have seen.”

Helixaeon and the Long Now share a sense of perspective and purpose about our relationship with Time. Stewart Brand argues that, "Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed-some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where 'long-term' is measured at least in centuries.” You can learn more about The Long Now here.

Our focus at Helixaeon Inc is to develop broadly distributed tools that bring this long-term perspective into everyday life. With this expanded perspective, our hope is to enable people to think, plan, and act for the long term in ways that were not possible before. We are excited about working in partnership with the Long Now to help create a meaningful relationship to time.

Please support and become a member of The Long Now.

Helix is now playing in WeRiseUP

The Helix team was invited to attend to the WeRiseUp showing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah! It was incredible to see the Helix on the big screen and be an integral part of the movie. Helix built a custom Time Helix model for WeRiseUp as a story telling tool supporting the narrative of the film.

WeRiseUp, hosted multiple events at Sundance including their official Sundance Launch & VIP Party, a WeRiseUP Industry Screening Event, and it WeRiseUp became the theme for the Sundance Institute fundraiser.


The Executive Producer of the film, Kate Maloney said: "We are so honored and excited to have the Helix Model of Time in the WeRiseUp movie. The Helix team perfectly embodies the WeRiseUp Movement - a great business that is doing well for the world. I am excited to see the impact they create by up-leveling the systems we use for understanding time"

She describes the mission and vision of the movie on their website: "WeRiseUP The Movie is a culture-shifting documentary to articulate new emergent concepts of prosperity, success and contribution. Our current model of success is destroying the planet & driving billions of people to unfulfilled lives. WeRiseUP the movie, and the movement, is about giving rise to individuals and businesses that do good - and do well. People are RisingUP to radically fulfilled, purpose driven lives.” Learn more about the WeRiseUP movement here:

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During the film screenings, it was incredible to hear the audience quietly gasp in awe and wonder while the Helix animation was shown. We randomly surveyed the audience about the Helix and found it had a powerful impact on people’s perception of their place in the long arc of time. It is clear that seeing the Helix on the big screen is inspirational.

The WeRiseUp premiers are just beginning. The next planned showings are at the UN and the World Bank and then it will move on to global distribution. The WeRiseUp movie was also shown at the 2019 World Economic Forum at Davos where it received a standing ovation.

We feel privileged to be involved with the WeRiseUp movement and getting the Time Helix out in the world. We are most excited to be building the tools that support people in evolving at scale and living more capable fulfilling lives.

Dan Richardson
Helix at COP24

Michael H. Glantz notified us today that the El Niño Helix animation we collaborated on was shown at COP24 (The 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held between 2 and 15 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland)

From Michael: “I had them show the Time Helix at the opening session of the panel on Early Warning. According to the chair of the session, everyone applauded at the end. He said the video was really well received and clear in its message!!”

We have seen the video of the panel and there are people in the audience videotaping the animation as it plays on the monitors, and yes, everyone did applaud at the end. We are so excited that this video resonates with the participants of the largest Climate Change conference of 2018!

Dan Richardson
Working with WeRiseUP

We have just begun work with the WeRiseUP team. We are leveraging the Time Helix Framework as a storytelling tool that supports their narrative and mission:

“We (WeRiseUP) are collaborating with many prominent thought, social, political and business leaders to articulate a new model of success in the world. The film presents new emergent models of success - doing good, and doing well. We are committed to have this film significantly impact the definition of social responsibility, and is designed to generate new discourses that incite personal, cultural & global change.

WeRiseUP The Movie is a culture-shifting documentary film that is being produced with the United Nations and key global leaders including His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Amina Mohammad (Secretary-Deputy of the United Nations), Blake Mycoskie (CEO, TOMS Shoes), Moby (Grammy Musician), John Mackey (CEO, Whole Foods Market), Dwight Howard (NBA All-Star), Luke Nosek (Founder, PayPal), along with many others.

With the world is in the midst of a tremendous period of transition, our current models aren’t adequate to support the future that is quickly emerging. At this critical inflection point, WeRiseUP curates an intimate inquiry with leading business, entertainment, and thought leaders, along with voices of global citizens from all walks of life, to explore new models of success, prosperity, contribution and what it will take for humanity to create a thriving future.

WeRiseUP The Movie is launching at Sundance Film Festival in January 2019”

Click here to learn more about WeRiseUP

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The Helixaeon is honored to be collaborating with the WeRiseUP Team. Their narrative aligns with our mission of creating tools to help people evolve faster. We are excited to be part of the WeRiseUP Movement.

Dan Richardson
Helix and El Niño data

The Helix’s first user is Dr. Michael Glantz, a social scientist who has been studying the impacts of the El Niño climate system since 1974. He runs the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), a research group based at the University of Colorado. The CCB is focused on influencing policy makers in areas subject to the impacts of El Niño.

Dr. Glantz quickly saw the value of the Helix as a communications tool, recognizing how it could be enormously useful in illustrating the hidden connections between large scale shifts in climate patterns and their human scale effects. Moreover, it could do so in a way that addressed three distinct challenges faced by the CCB.

The first is simply getting the attention of the right people. Because El Niño events are too irregular to predictably fall within standard electoral cycles, policy makers focused on the short-term needs of their voters tend not to see preparing for these events as major priorities. 

The second is conveying the long timeframes between causes and effects. It’s natural to think of the event itself as the primary danger, with attention peaking with the primary effects of the El Niño event. However, due to the complex interplay between these events and ecosystems, the peak of the event can mark the point when real trouble is just beginning. These connections aren’t made clear by charts that focus on the climate system alone, so a more comprehensive picture of cause and effects is needed. 

Finally, the CCB needs to connect the macro-scale of the El Nino phenomenon to the human scale, where it effects people, communities, and economies in ways that do concern policy makers. None of these challenges are addressed by climate charts like this, based on data from NOAA, which is what we started with.

Instead of relying on charts like this, Dr. Glantz wanted to use the Helix as a framework for presenting policy makers with data about El Nino and its effects. He saw the Helix as a way to convey the importance of advance planning with an appropriate sense of scale, depth, and impact—qualities that traditional 2D visualizations struggle to communicate. And by presenting this three-dimensional form in virtual reality, the CCB can secure the complete and undivided attention from policy makers whose decisions can have effects measured in billions of dollars, and millions of lives.

The first step was working with the CCB to define and distill the core points. The second was to produce a 2D visualization that can be easily circulated among funding agencies, which you can see here.

The third step will be translating this into an fully immersive interactive experience. Here, the viewer’s full sense of scale is available. By going beyond the usual means of communication - chiefly images, words, and sound - to the sense of space itself, it’s possible to get a feel for the scale and impact of these events while there’s still time to prepare for them.

In addition to dramatically strengthening the impact of the piece, this development will allow the visualization to be updated with the images, media, and data germane to a particular region (effects are felt around the Pacific Rim, and in some cases, can register in Atlantic regions).

This presentation also takes advantage of the new generation of VR displays now coming to market (e.g. the Oculus Go and the Vive Focus). Where the previous version relied on expensive PCs and cumbersome setups, these new models—known as standalones—are entirely self-contained. This solves a major logistical problem in delivering the right presentation to the right people. Given the right content, they become powerful tools of persuasion.  

Dan Richardson