Who We Are
The Future of Thought is a global consortium of individuals from different backgrounds and interests who have a shared interest and mission:
Research and collaborate to yield a better understanding of – and improved outlook for – human thought in the information age.
Future of Thought is in the early stages of formation, and is currently managed by a steering committee that will lead it through the organizational activities. The most likely form of this organization will be a Public Benefit Corporation.
Activities of FoT include:
- Online collaboration and research tools
- Collaboration on the development of books and online resources that further our mission
Hosting of seminars and workshops: in person and online
FoT is born out of research of Pat Scannell, a technologist who set out to research the cumulative impact of technology on the human brain. Pat soon discovered the scope of the project not only required the crowd-source collaboration of a great number of stakeholders, but that specifically because of the complexity of the challenge, the opportunity space was not currently being addressed in a broad organized way by any other organization in the world.
The Consortium approach stems from an inaugural seminar Pat gave in January, 2017, in the Washington DC area, to a small diverse group of stakeholders from the fields of neuroscience, technology, medicine, national defense, public policy, and other interests. The FoT is a direct result of the momentum and feedback of that first seminar, and the April 2017 TED talk that was a result of the January seminar.
The initial plan is for the FoT to be a public benefit corporation, and would seek a diversified revenue stream and a lean cost structure.
Anticipated Revenues streams would include:
non-tax deductible cash for members and supports
- viewers of resources FoT posts online, in a NON-ad-supported manner. In this sense, it would compare with brainpickings.org, and which is a for-profit supported by volunteer contributions of satisfied users.
- Membership fees
- Foundation Grants
- Royalties from sale of collaboratively created intellectual property
- Conference fees, from workshops and events put on by FoT
- Crowd-sourced support
Costs would be kept low by operating primarily off of a volunteer crowd-sourced support, and minimal physical infrastructure.