Orgs - Social, Educational, and Ethics

Foresighted and foresight-oriented social support, educational, and ethics organizations around the world (see also economic development and public policy pages). 

Listed alpha by organization name. Two-line maximum description, thanks.


Alliance for Excellent Education
Promoting U.S. middle school and high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

American Creativity Association
Improving creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and ideation in personal and professional environments.

American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA)
Offering philosophical and ethical couseling, moderating socratic dialogs, improving workplace culture.
American Sociological Association
Advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession. 14K members.
American Teilhard Association
Continuing investigation of the developmentalist world view described by paleontologist and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Amnesty International
Working impartially to protect human rights worldwide. 1.8M members.
Ashesi University (Ghana, Africa)
Educating a new generation of "ethical and entrepreneurial" leaders for the African continent. Excellent model business school!
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
A global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs in emerging nations. Started by former McKinsey consultant Bill Drayton.
Aspen Institute
Fostering leadership development, appreciation of timeless ideals and values, and nonpartisan analysis of contemporary issues.

Camp Amelia

Creates open-source ed. software and provides free after-school and summer computer camps for youth and teachers in underserved communities. Teaching kids technological literacy.
CARE
Empowering individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world.
Center for Ethics in Science and Technology (UC San Diego)
Resources for understanding the ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. (Lawrence Hinman)
Center for Futurism in Education at Ben-Gurion University
Developing innovative educational ideas and online delivery systems, integrating ICT with humanistic values (Roni Aviram, Chair) 
Center for Science and Medical Journalism (Boston University)
Producing scientifically proficient and ethically grounded journalists. 

Center for Human Emergence
Applying spiral dynamics for global transformation (Don Beck).
Center for the Study of Technology and Society (Wash DC)
Social implications of technological innovation (Adam Keiper)
Chaordic Commons
Creating practical, innovative orgs that blend competition and cooperation to address critical social issues (Dee Hock).
Committee for Democracy in Information Technology
Brazil-based international nonprofit working to end "digital apartheid" in the developing world.
Consumer Reports
Objectivity and accuracy in consumer product recommendations since 1936.
Context Institute
Researching issues in creating humane sustainable culture.
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Serving advancement professionals at 3,000 schools. Awards for nation's best teachers.
Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (CRVP)
Investigating the way culture and values influence personal action. 
Davidson Institute for Talent Development
To recognize, nurture and support unusually intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Degree Confluence Project
Early world mapping. Shows the extreme sparseness of humanity on the planet. 
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

Providing medical aid where most needed worldwide, championing the plight of the medically indigent. 
Education Sector
Nonprofit, independent educational policy think tank and research group.
Foundation for a Better Life
Public service announcements (billboards, TV ads) promoting values-based living. 
Foundation for Global Community
Future-oriented spiritual growth, social action, and conflict mediation. 
Friendship Force International
Breaking global barriers by building personal friendships. 60 countries, 275 orgs.
 
Futures Thinking Aotearoa  (The New Zealand Futures Trust) is an independent non-profit organisation, established in 1982 and based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Galef Institute/Different Ways of Knowing
Research-based tools, services, and partnerships that improve broad based (science and arts) child development.
Games2Train
Developers of serious games (educational games) for military and commercial purposes (Marc Prensky)

Hastings Center for Bioethics Research
Exploring questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment since 1969. Examining their 35 year history one realizes these technology areas, while important to our present quality of life, will nevertheless provide far fewer accelerating benefits than infotech in coming years.
Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA.
Home of the CIRP, the oldest and largest US study of higher education demographics, economics, social trends, etc.
History Shots
High quality visual information graphics presenting historical dynamics (politics, technology, etc.). 
Human Rights Watch
Challenging governments and other power groups to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.
Innocence Project (Northern CA and Southern CA)
Reversing occasional cases of improper functioning of the policing and prosecutorial systems, primarily using DNA evidence.
Exploring the impact of emerging technologies and transhumanist issues on individuals and societies. (James Hughes, Fellows)
Institute for Future Studies (Austria)
Focusing on selected topics in the future of education and work.
Institute for Regional Education (IRE)
Makers of the Quatsi film trilogy on the nature of technology. Very acceleration-aware. (Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke)
 
International Federation of Red Cross
World's largest humanitarian organization, helping refugees, victims of natural disasters, victims of poverty from socio-economic crises, victims of health emergencies.
JD Power and Associates
Providing consumer satisfaction information for help with the buying decision (autos, electronics, etc.) since 1968.
Lawyers Without Borders
Supporting the work of NGOs and advancing the rule of law worldwide.
League for Innovation in the Community College
Catalyzing the community college movement.
Malaria Vaccine Initiative (of PATH) 
Accelerating development and distribution of promising malaria vaccines worldwide. Funded by the Gates Foundation.
Massive Change and Institute Without Boundaries 
A long term project on the future of multidisciplinary global design culture. Affiliated with Toronto City College. (Bruce Mau)
MediaRights.org
Helping media makers to use documentaries to explore key social issues.
National Education Association
Main federal US organization promoting and funding public education.
OECD PISA (Program for International School Assessment)
Rates the OECD countries annually in the competitiveness of their 15 year olds.
Omidyar Network
Helping people discover their own power to make good things happen (Pierre Omidyar and associates).
Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (Case Western U) 
Providing researchers with resources for understanding ethically significant problems that arise in their work. NSF funded.
On the Horizon
Informing educators about the challenges that they will face in a rapidly-changing world (James Morrison)
Oxfam International
Finding solutions to poverty, suffering, and injustice in 100 countries worldwide. 
Pegasus Communications
Leading publisher of books on systems thinking and general systems analysis.
Poynter Institute
A think tank and school for journalists, future journalists, and journalism teachers.
Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
Improving global health by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and improving behavior. Funded by the Gates Foundation.
Project for Excellence in Journalism (Columbia University)
Research, resources, and ideas to improve the fourth estate (media, journalism).
Point Foundation
Former publishers of Whole Earth magazine, Whole Earth Catalog. Icons of 1960's and 1970's vision of a self-empowered, personally creative, green, globally responsible future.
Prospective Foresight Network
French Node of the Glenn/Gordon Millennium Futures Studies Project (Saphia Richou, Michel Godet).
Rick Ross Inst. for the Study of Destructive Cults, Controversial Groups, & Movements
Database of information about cults, destructive cults, controversial groups and movements. Well-organized public resource on poorly transparent, coercive groups.
Society for Utopian Studies (SUS)
Academic center studying utopianism in all its forms (literary to experimental) (U. Toronto).
Southern Poverty Law Center
Exposure of and litigation against hate speech and racial, sexual, and other forms of intolerance.
SustainUS
U.S. youth network for sustainable development.
ThinkCycle
MIT Media Lab non-profit initiative exploring open collaborative design. (Boston, MA)
Thomas Lucas Productions
Producers of science educational video, and the commendable PBS futures documentary, Beyond Human (2001).
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Promoting health, education, equality, and protection for every child, worldwide. 
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
A "laboratory of ideas" and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues among 192 UN Member States.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Pursuing the UN's Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people in the world by 2015. 
World Game Institute
Simulated earth system for classroom play. Bucky Fuller's original idea. Expensive and non-computer based. 
Zero to Three
The nation's leading educational resource for the first, most critical years of human development.


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