the world continues to become more complex and interconnected,
and as messages and media proliferate, we can expect to
encounter an increasing number of unusual and extraordinary
The Center is the latest beneficiary of real estate entrepreneur
Frederick S. Pardee, who also funded the Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University (see July 2001 FUTURIST UPDATE). Pardee worked at RAND as a systems analyst from 1957 to 1971.
The Center will explore trends and potential developments over the next 35 to 200 years, seeking ways to evaluate the impacts of these trends on individuals and society.
"Some might regard this as an unlikely topic for serious investigation," says Pardee. "But we're not living in a world that is completely uncertain. We have made important progress in thinking systematically about the future."
The RAND Pardee Center pursues ambitious objectives: to improve our ability to think about the longer-range future--from 35 to as far as 200 years ahead--and to develop new methods of analyzing potential long-range, global effects of today's policy options in order to design sound policies that are sensitive to those effects.