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UPCOMING Events

12th Annual Kistler Prize

• Dr. Charles Murray
• September 2011

“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• October 2011

Streaming Video

Video Playlists

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.

 

RECENT Events

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]

 

 

 

 

Programs

Education and Outreach

 

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A program that undertakes public awareness concerning the long-term future of the human species.

 

The Education and Outreach Program includes financial support for educational workshops, films, and websites; papers delivered at futures conferences; and visits by Foundation staff and Foundation-event participants to schools and other organizations. An important element is educating young people on the choices they make in their lives that will affect the long-term future of humanity.

To support the teaching and understanding of science, evolution, and future studies, the Foundation has financially supported the Futures Research wing of the OECD and the United Nations University’s Millennium Committee. Foundation staff have also routinely written and delivered papers for future study-oriented organizations such as Tamkang University (Taipei), the World Future Studies Federation, and The World Future Society.

Talks by Sesh Velamoor

One of the ways Foundation For the Future fulfills its mandate with regard to diffusing knowledge is to promote public awareness and education about important issues confronting humanity by way of speaking engagements at schools and other organizations. As the primary spokesperson for the Foundation, Sesh Velamoor, Trustee and Director of Programs, is available to speak upon invitation and participates as a presenter in many conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.

"Managing the Future," Summer 2010

“The Future: Young Scholars’ Inquiry” Seminars

A pilot study involving elementary school students culminated in a seminar in June 2005. Designed on the format of a Humanity 3000 seminar, the event provided students an opportunity to present their findings from research into specific subject areas and to discuss the long-term future of humanity in view of their findings. A second seminar for elementary school students was held in February 2006.

In June 2006, in keeping with the Foundation's plans to expand the Young Scholars program to include more grade levels and schools, seminars were conducted with one class of high school students and three classes of middle school students.

The class of 15 physics students from Interlake High School, Bellevue, WA, under the guidance of teacher Lisa Dossett, had researched a variety of issues from global warming to solar and nuclear energy. These students reached consensus that the two most critical issues for humanity, going forward into the far future, are education and environment/resources.

At Odle Middle School, three separate groups, totaling 105 middle school students, devoted two days to presentations and discussions concerning the issues that will be most important for the survival of our species in the future. The Odle students were guided in their inquiries and presentations by their teacher, Debbie Benzinger.

Seminar 2
Pilot Seminar

Science Teacher Workshop

The Foundation’s first science educators workshop was held in 1999 in conjunction with The Wright Center for Science Education, Tufts University. Two dozen of the top science teachers and science professors from all over the United States gathered at the University of Washington for an intensive workshop emphasizing the teaching of evolution and the nature of science.

Research Library

The Foundation maintains and continuously adds to a diverse and unique collection of books, tapes, and journals of over 3,000 volumes for facilitation of the study and understanding of the long-term future of humanity. Library resources can be made available for use by the public.