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The Future of Human Thought

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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

The History

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.

Business Model

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, 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.