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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]






Humanity 3000


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Humanity 3000, established in 1998, brings together at regular intervals a changing roster of some of the world’s most prominent thinkers to assess the current state of humanity and to identify the significant factors that may affect life a thousand years into the future.


Seminar, Symposia, and Workshop Series

Foundation For the Future convenes Humanity 3000 seminars annually and symposia twice each decade. All Humanity 3000 events are by invitation only. The seminars typically bring together 25 to 35 participants. The first symposium, in August 2000, brought together 70 scholars from 40 disciplines and 20 countries. In addition, smaller workshops are conducted periodically to provide a knowledge base for seminar and symposia participants.

Virtually all physical, biological, and social sciences are represented in Humanity 3000 dialogues, which are focused on human life in the thousand-year future. Each seminar is designed to be an exercise in creative and contemplative thought, and every effort is made in the selection of participants to ensure a wide representation of worldviews.


The purpose of each seminar is to facilitate a free exchange of ideas about the future of our species, with an emphasis on informed understanding of what science tells us about the key factors that may affect the long-term future of humanity, as well as how the scientific view integrates into the whole. Participants not only identify and explore these key factors, but also map the past and current territory, and attempt to outline the future trajectory of each factor, as currently understood, in view of foreseeable future problems and opportunities.

Humanity 3000 participants are asked to address the following: In the context of Homo sapiens' evolutionary past, present, and thousand-year future:

• What are the threats to the survival of humanity?

• What are the opportunities that offset/mitigate the threats?

• What are the emergent priorities to ensure the future well-being of humanity?

Scholars interested in participating in future seminars and/or symposia are invited to contact the Foundation for additional information.


“Future of Planet Earth” (June 2008)

“Think Globally, Act Locally” (April 2008)

“Humanity and the Biosphere: The Next Thousand Years” (September 2006)

“Crossroads for Planet Earth” (April 2006)

“Future of Humanity: Seminar 5” (August 2004)

“Future of Humanity: Seminar 4” (August 200)3

“Future of Humanity: Seminar 3” (August 2001)

“Future of Humanity: Seminar 2” (September 1999)

“Future of Humanity: Seminar 1” (April 1999)


“Future of Humanity: Symposium 2” (October 2005)

“Future of Humanity: Symposium 1” (August 2000)


“Water – The Crisis Ahead” (April 2010)

“Anthropogenic Climate Destabilization: A Worst-case Scenario” (September 2008)

“Energy Challenges: The Next Thousand Years” (March 2007)

“Humans and Space: The Next Thousand Years” (June 2005)

“Nanotechnology” (April 2000)

“When SETI Succeeds” (July 1999)


Executive Summaries and Proceedings

Executive summaries and proceedings of past seminars, symposia, and workshops are available for download from the Foundation Publications page.