The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.
One of their projects is the 10,000 year clock, to be built "monument scale" in the Nevada Desert. It's a truly beautiful, Jules Verne / futuristic object (their design, graphic and industrial, is beautiful). Also they're sponsoring the Rosetta Project, a public-accessible archive of all human languages.
They use a five-digit format for the year (02007) "to solve the deca-millennium bug which will come into effect in about 8,000 years."
You can visit the foundation at Fort Mason in SF, right next to Greens Restaurant. Which is excellent also.