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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 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 Lecture Series




The Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series was established to create direct access by the general public to information from experts on critical and urgent issues facing humanity today and into the future.


Named for the originator of the lecture series and benefactor of Foundation For the Future, the Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series sponsors periodic free public lectures. The series provides the Foundation an immediate means of meeting its mission to increase and diffuse knowledge concerning the long-term future of humanity.

2010 Lecturers

Norman Myers, Ph.D, CMG for services to the global environment

Distinguished British environmentalist & expert on population pressures

Visiting Fellow, Oxford University’s Green College

Visiting Professor, Oxford University’s Centre for Environment, University of Vermont, and University of Cape Town

Adjunct Professor, Duke University



Title of Lecture: "Time of Breakdown or Breakthrough?"

Date: May 18, 2020, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

Venue: Town Hall Seattle

Cost: Free to the public


2009 Lecturers


Peter D. Ward, Ph.D.

Acclaimed expert in paleontology, astrobiology, mass extinctions, and Earth sciences

Author of The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps

Professor of biology and Earth sciences, University of Washington

Title of Lecture: “Our Flooding World”

When: June 16, 2020



Donald C. Johanson, Ph.D.

Renowned Paleoanthropologist, Discoverer of “Lucy”

Founding Director, Institute of Human Origins

Author of Lucy’s Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change,
Arizona State University

Title of Lecture: “Darwin and Human Evolution”

When: September 29, 2020




Brian Fagan, Ph.D.

One of the world’s leading archaeological writers

Author of The Great Warming: Climate Change and
the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology,
University of California at Santa Barbara

Title of Lecture: “Water: The Elixir of Humanity”

When: November 3, 2020