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12th Annual Kistler Prize

• Dr. Charles Murray
• September 2011

“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• October 2011

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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.



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

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010

“Water – The Crisis Ahead”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• April 2010  [AUDIO FILES]






Kistler Prize



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2011 Recipient

Dr. Charles Murray

Foundation For the Future has selected political scientist and author Dr. Charles Murray as the 2011 recipient of the Kistler Prize. Dr. Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and is best known for his book The Bell Curve (1994), co-authored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein. Other important publications include Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality (2008) and Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950–1980 (1984), which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. Dr. Murray is being honored with the Kistler Prize in recognition of his ongoing writings in the relationship of human abilities to public policy.

Murray's work has critically examined the assumption that human characteristics can be molded by the right government interventions, drawing upon a large body of evidence documenting the failures of social programs from the 1960s onward to produce their intended outcomes. He has argued that the reason for these failures is not technical defects in the design or implementation of the programs, but refusal to confront the genetic reality that people differ in their abilities for reasons that are beyond the power of policy to alter.

His work has repeatedly urged that the nation return to its traditional goal of abundant opportunity for all individuals, not equal outcomes for groups, as the measure of success in social policy.