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HUMANITY 3000 Symposium
Seattle, Washington July 12-16,2000

An Assessment of the State of Humanity in The Year 2000
A Focus on Factors That May Contribute Most
To Understanding the Human Condition in the Year 3000

Humanity 3000 will be an international symposium of 100 of the world's most prominent scholarsscientists, philosophers, humanists, historians, technologists and futurists. It will be convened for five days in Seattle, Washington by the Foundation For the Future during July in the year 2000.

The purpose of the symposium is to assess the status of humanity in the year 2000, to identify the most significant factors that may affect the quality of life of the peoples of the earth, to discuss and debate the topics considered to be the most important to the group of participating scholars, and, to hold a series of workshops to consider likely developments that will take place during the coming millennium.

Humanity 3000 will include background presentations, round-table discussions, panel discussions on specific topics, and a series of workshops that will develop a strategy for "Agenda 3000".

A major component of Humanity 3000 will be its global outreach program which will include the publication and distribution of Proceedings of the Symposium and all of the background papers presented at the Symposium.

Humanity 3000 is meant to be the first of a series of symposia on the coming millennium that will be periodically sponsored by the Foundation For the Future.

Preliminary Agenda Outline

The Humanity 3000 Symposium will take place over a period of five days. The first day will be devoted to plenary sessions in three session areas: Cosmic Evolution and Human Biological Evolution, Human Cultural Evolution, and Humanity 3000 - Agenda for the Future.

Session I
Cosmic and Human Biological Evolution

Session II
Human Cultural Evolution

Session III
Humanity 3000 - Agenda for the Future.

Each session will be further divided into three sub-sessions: historical review, present status and future prospects.

Cosmic Evolution and Human Biological Evolution

1. Past. A review of the origin of the universe, the expansion of the universe, the formation of stars, star systems, planetary systems, and galaxies. A review of the emergence of life on earth, the emergence of mammals, the emergence of primates and homo sapiens, and the differentiation of the races of humanity.

2. Present. What is our current understanding of the nature of the universe, the nature of the Milky Way galaxy, and the nature of the solar system? What is the present state of human biological evolution? What is the state of current understanding of the factors that will most affect the future of humanity?

3. Future. What is our current understanding of the future evolution of the universe, the Milky Way galaxy, and the solar system? What are possible scenarios for the future biological and cultural evolution of the homo sapien species? What will be th effects of genetic engineering and biotechnology and other high technologies on the future of humanity?

SESSION II Human Cultural Evolution

1. Past. A review of the early cultural activities of prehistoric hominids to the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

2. Present. A summary of the cultural impact of the transition from agricultural/industrial societies to service, information, and technology-driven societies. What is the present state of the global information society, and what trends can be foreseen for the coming decades?

3. Future. What are likely future cultural paths that might result from our continued powerful exploitation of science and technology? What are possible scenarios for the future cultural evolution of humanity during coming millennia?

SESSION III Humanity 3000 - Agenda for the Future

1. Past. A review of past and current activities being undertaken by scholars and national and international organizations to assess the state of the world and the quality of human life. What programs have been formulated by governments and by international organizations? A brief review of international programs such as UNESCO's "Man and the Biosphere" program, the United Nations' Conferences on the Human Environment, the United Nations' "Global 2000" program and the United Nations' "Millennium Project".

2. Present. What are governments and international organizations doing at the present time with regard to planning for the improvement of the quality of life for humanity of the future? What long-range programs are currently being undertaken by governments, by res~rch institutions, by intergovernmental organizations? What is the future outlook for the human species?

3. Future. What actions can humanity take at the turn of the current millennium to set the stage for a higher quality of life for all human beings during the millennia that lay before us? What can individuals do? What can institutions and organizations do? What can local, regional and national governments do? What can intergovernmental organizations do? How can the international academic community contribute toward creating an action agenda for the people of the earth to plan for the improvement of the quality of life for our future progeny?

Humanity 3000 Symposium

Factors Affecting the Future of Humanity:

The Symposium will be divided into five workshops as follows
1. Biological/genetic factors workshop.
2. Environmental/resources factors workshop.
3. Scientific/technological factors workshop.
4. Cultural/religious factors workshop.
5. Political/economic factors workshop.

Humanity 3000 Seminars
Seattle, Washington 1999

A series of planning seminars to prepare for the Humanity 3000 Symposium

The Foundation For the Future plans to sponsor and manage a series of four seminars to be held during 1999 to prepare for the Humanity 3000 Symposium that will be held in Seattle, Washington during the summer of 2000. These seminars will be held at approximately quarterly intervals throughout the year.

Purpose. The Humanity 3000 Seminars will have five purposes:

1. To bring selected scholars together to determine the details of the Agenda for each of the three major sessions of the Humanity 3000 Symposium.

2. To elect an Organizing Committee for the Humanity 3000 Symposium.

3. To identify the groups of scholars that will be invited to participate in the Humanity 3000 Symposium.

4. To compile a comprehensive list of reference resources that will be used during the Humanity 3000 Symposium.

5. To prepare a series of background reports and working papers on the topics that will be addressed at the Humanity 3000 Symposium. These publications will represent the basic documentation that will be prepared for the Symposium.

Venue. The Humanity 3000 Seminars will be held at the Foundation For the Future building in Bellevue, Washington.

Participation. Invitations will be sent to selected scholars identified by the Humanity 3000 Seminars Organizing Committee. There will be approximately 20 participants in each of the four planned seminars.

Publications. Each seminar will result in the publication of a series of fundamental papers that will form the basis of the working documents that will be discussed and debated at the Humanity 3000 Symposium.

Humanity 3000 Planning Seminar Schedule

The Humanity 3000 Planning Seminars will be held at approximately quarterly intervals throughout 1999, beginning with Seminar I during the Spring of 1999.

Seminar I
The Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Spring 1999

Seminar II: Summer 1999
The Origin and Evolution of Life

Seminar III: Fall 1999
The Origin and Evolution of Humanity

Seminar IV: Winter 1999
The Future of Humanity

Humanity 3000 Planning Seminar Output.

The fundamental papers presented at the seminars and the working papers that result from the deliberations and discussions during the seminars will be published by the Foundation For the Future within three months after the conclusion of each seminar. Authors will be given ample opportunity to revise their work until one month prior to the date of planned publication. Both fundamental papers and the working documents that result from each seminar will be distributed to scholars planning to participate in the Humanity 3000 Symposium.

Contact information:

Foundation for the Future
Dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge concerning the future of humanity

123 - 105th Avenue Southeast
Bellevue, Washington 98004-6265
phone 425-451-1333 fax 425-451-1238
http //www.futurefoundation.com

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