QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTURE

Research & Discernment on Economics, Ecology & Public Policy for the Common Good

“The Society of Friends has a great intellectual task ahead of it… [this] task is spiritual as well as intellectual, in the sense that it involves not merely abstract knowledge, but love and community…. The search …. today is for a human identity which will permit [ humanity] to live in peace …. the true world community for which we all long. In the establishment of this world community the Society of Friends has a great pioneering work to do.”
– Kenneth Boulding, “The Evolutionary Potential of Quakerism”, Backhouse Memorial Lecture, Australia Yearly Meeting, 1965

Focus of Our Concern

- Moving from economic policies and practices that undermine Earth’s capacity to support life to an ecologically based economy that works for the security, vitality, and resilience of human communities, and for the well-being of the entire commonwealth of life.

- Bringing the governance of the common good into the regulation of technologies, and holding ourselves responsible for the future well-being of humanity and the Earth.

- Reducing structural violence arising from economic privilege, social exclusion, environmental degradation, and militarism through the expansion of equitable sharing, inclusion, justice, and ecosystem restoration.

- Reversing the growing segregation of people into enclaves of privilege and deprivation through public policies and public trust institutions that facilitate equity of access to the means of life.

- Engaging the complexity of global interdependence and its demands on governance systems, institutional accountability, and citizens’ responsibilities.

- Moving from societal norms of aggressive individualism, winner-take-all competition, and economic aggrandizement to the practices of cooperation, collaboration, common wealth sharing, and an economy keyed to strengthening the common good.