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Includes Feature Films, Kistler Prize Acceptance Speeches, Interviews, Lectures, and Scholar Visions of the Long-term Future


Recent Publications

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Executive Summary

“Water – The Crisis Ahead” Executive Summary

Winter 2010 Newsletter

All Foundation publications are available for download from our Publications page.



12th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 30, 2020

“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• November 3–4, 2011



Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 2011

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

11th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010

“Water – The Crisis Ahead”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• April 2010  [AUDIO FILES]






About the Foundation




Foundation For the Future was established with the mission to increase and diffuse knowledge concerning the long-term future of humanity.



The Foundation conducts a broad range of programs and activities to promote an understanding of the factors in the social, genetic, biological, medical, psychological, physiological, cultural, technological, and ecological fields that may have an impact on human life during coming millennia.

To fulfill its mandate, Foundation For the Future:

• Promotes public awareness of and education about futures issues through an ongoing lecture series and speaking engagements at schools and other organizations.

• Convenes seminars, workshops, and symposia that focus on issues associated with the long-term future of humanity.

Publishes scholarly works that address issues concerning the factors that will affect human life in the future.

• Awards the annual Kistler Prize (cash and gold medallion), the Walter P. Kistler Book Award (cash and certificate), the Walter P. Kistler Science Teacher Award (cash and certificate), and the Walter P. Kistler Science Documentary Film Award (cash and certificate).

• Provides financial support to scholars’ research through Research Grant Awards.

• Facilitates a Student Education Program that encourages young scholars to think about the future.

The Foundation’s benefactor and founding President is Walter Kistler. A Board of Trustees oversees all Foundation activities and is supported by a Director of Programs, a Director of Administration, and a small staff.

The Foundation has assembled teams of prominent scholars and humanists to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Advisors and on the Kistler Prize Advisory Panel.

The Foundation is sustained in perpetuity by a permanent endowment.