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“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.



Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 18, 2020

12th Annual Kistler Prize

• Fall 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]






Walter P. Kistler Book Award



RECIPIENTS 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


The Walter P. Kistler Book Award was established to recognize authors of science-based books that significantly increase the knowledge and understanding of the public regarding subjects that will shape the future of our species.


Named for the originator of the award program and benefactor of Foundation For the Future, the Walter P. Kistler Book Award includes a cash prize of US$10,000 and a certificate. It is formally presented in ceremonies that are open to the public and that include a lecture by the author, Q&A, and book-signing.

This award was presented annually from 2003 through 2009. Beginning in 2010, the Walter P. Kistler Book Award will be presented on a periodic basis. Nominations of worthy science-based books continue to be welcome. Please see "Nomination Process" for submission guidelines.

Past Recipients

2009 – David Archer, Ph.D.
One of the world’s leading climatologists
Professor of geophysical sciences, University of Chicago

Author, The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate.

2008 – Christopher B. Stringer, Ph.D., FRS
Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum, London
Director, Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) Project

Author of Homo britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain.

2007 – Eric J. Chaisson, Ph.D.
Director, Wright Center for Innovative Science Education
Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University
Associate, Harvard College Observatory

Author of Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos.

William H. Calvin2006 – William H. Calvin, Ph.D.
Affiliate Professor Emeritus
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine

Author of A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution & Abrupt Climate Change, which addresses the broad sweep of hominid history and the likely impacts to it of abrupt climate change.

Steven Pinker2005 – Steven Pinker, Ph.D.
Cognitive Scientist
Johnstone Professor of Psychology
Harvard University

Author of The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, which addresses the fears associated with acknowledging a universal, biologically based human nature.

Spencer Wells2004 – Spencer Wells, Ph.D.
Geneticist, Writer, and Filmmaker
National Geographic Society Fellow

Author of The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, which explains the science that enabled Dr. Wells to trace the genealogy of humankind of focusing on genetic markers on the Y-chromosome.

2003Gregory Stock, Ph.D.
Director of the Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society
School of Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles

Author of Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future, about technologies that will enable parents to make choices about their children's appearance, capabilities, and health risks.