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In this episode of Passion Struck with John R. Miles, I interview Ari Wallach about how to create a longpath mindset and unlock your purpose for something greater than yourself. | Brought to you by Indeed. Receive a $75 credit at:

Ari Wallach is a futurist and the founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs, focusing on the thinking and behaviors that will positively impact future generations. As an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, he lectured on innovation, AI, and the future of public policy. He is the author of Longpath: Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs.

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What I Discuss With Ari Wallach About the Longpath Mindset

The question we’re asking ourselves, and we’ve continuously been asking ourselves for 1000s of years, is “Who am I and why am I here?” Suppose you are living a life that now has a purpose for something bigger than yourself. In that case, the immediate payoff is that you are now finding that the things that you do and the interactions that you have with yourself, your own inner voice with other humans, the things that you consume, and the ways that you vote, are no longer just about you. We explore the following topics:

  • What is a “futurist” and futurism?
  • What are the foundational principles of the Longpath perspective?
  • What Ari means when he says “short-termism
  • What is “transgenerational empathy”?
  • What are a few examples of the Longpath perspective at work today?
  • Who are the biggest offenders of short-termism? Why?
  • What is the payoff for planning for a future we won’t be around to see?
  • Why is becoming the great ancestors our future needs built on intentionality?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
  • And much more…
177 | Unlock Your Purpose for Something Greater than Yourself | Ari Wallach | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
177 | Unlock Your Purpose for Something Greater than Yourself | Ari Wallach | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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More From My Interview With Ari Wallach About the Longpath Mindset

During our interview, I asked Ari Wallach to describe what a Longpath mindset is and some of its core principles.

Ari explains, “So what I found was, we’re in this intertidal moment, kind of a breakdown of trust, rapid climate change, people not being sure about what tomorrow is going to look and feel like. So that leads to a heightened anxiety.

As we were working with clients, organizations, and different folks, I realized we needed a framework to help us navigate this intertidal. But the best way of thinking about a framework is through a mindset, which is a set of assumptions that we operate and go to the world with. And so the genesis of Longpath was, ‘Okay, we have this problem. We’re in an intertidal that we want to navigate successfully. How are we going to do that?’ Mindset, thinking, if you will, is the best way to do that.

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If you think about Longpapath, it is almost an applied mindset to help leaders and everyone basically live with intentionality in our current moment. And do it in a way that doesn’t just help Ari and John in this current moment, but from a kind of a normative and an ethical perspective, helps us set up future generations.

Why? Because A, they need all of our help right now because they can’t vote because they’re not here. They can’t take action. So we need to do it on their behalf. But be potentially even more importantly, acting in such a way that has high regard for future generations, which could be hundreds of billions, if not trillions of Homo sapiens over the next 10, 20, 30,000, hundreds of 1000s of years, actually gives intentionality to the moment right now.

So it’s no longer about how Ari makes it through his day or how John makes it. It’s how we do that in such a way that lives in alignment with future generations in a way that gives us a sense of purpose and meaning.

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, right? How do people make it through traumatic moments? What about World War Two and the Holocaust? He said he found that the basis of his logotherapy was that people who had something to live for, were the ones who are able to flourish in the moment. And so long path gives us something to live for beyond ourselves, which is how do we ensure future generations flourish? So that’s, that’s the background on Longpath.

Now, what are the three main components of it? So the three components are futures thinking, so that’s future with an S, transgenerational empathy, which can have a therapeutic component, and Telos thinking. And so those three pillars, when you work with them and do the work, shift you from a short-term reactionary mindset to a long path mindset.

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About Today’s Guest Ari Wallach

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Ari Wallach is the founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs. Ari is the author of Longpath: Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs by HarperOne. Previously he was the CEO of Synthesis Corp. and the host of Fast Company Futures with Ari Wallach. Ari has worked with governments, NGOs, foundations, and select corporations to discover new ways to drive innovation, rethink business models and improve top-line pro-social metrics.

Ari is the co-creator of 2008’s The Great Schlep with Sarah Silverman, taught as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is a recipient of the UC President’s Undergraduate Fellowship and was a 2003 Coro Fellow.

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