Additional Resources for Understanding the Future

Foundation for the Future

The Foundation conducts a broad range of programs and activities to promote an understanding of the factors in the social, genetic, biological, medical, psychological, physiological, cultural, technological, and ecological fields that may have an impact on human life during coming millennia.

To fulfill its mandate, Foundation For the Future:

Promotes public awareness of and education about futures issues through an ongoing lecture series and speaking engagements at schools and other organizations.

Convenes seminars, workshops, and symposia that focus on issues associated with the long-term future of humanity.

Publishes scholarly works that address issues concerning the factors that will affect human life in the future.

Awards the annual Kistler Prize (cash and gold medallion), the Walter P. Kistler Book Award (cash and certificate), the Walter P. Kistler Science Teacher Award (cash and certificate), and the Walter P. Kistler Science Documentary Film Award (cash and certificate).

Provides financial support to scholars’ research through Research Grant Awards.

Facilitates a Student Education Program that encourages young scholars to think about the future.

The Foundation’s benefactor and founding President is Walter Kistler. A Board of Trustees oversees all Foundation activities and is supported by a Director of Programs, a Director of Administration, and a small staff.

The Foundation has assembled teams of prominent scholars and humanists to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Advisors and on the Kistler Prize Advisory Panel.

The Foundation is sustained in perpetuity by a permanent endowment. 

Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies:

The objective of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) is to research the future for clients in the private and public sectors.  It is an organization whose mission is to strengthen the basis for decision-making in public and private organisations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present.
 CIFS is an independent, non-profit research institution earning its income exclusively from sponsored research and dissemination of knowledge.