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Foresight Institute Adopts New Mission
The proposals described on this page were developed in late 2003 and announced in Foresight Update 53. The proposals below, however, were eventually altered after leadership changes and as a result of a reevaluation of Foresight's strategic plan that was done during the second half of 2004. Recently, Foresight announced a new mission. For more details, see About the Foresight Nanotech Institute and the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges. If you would like to contribute to specific projects and initiatives that Foresight is developing: see Foresight projects for directed giving. To personally experience Foresight in action, attend Foresight's next conference: Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge, 13th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology.
Relaunching Foresight Institute:
Shaping the future with a focus on molecular factories
Community Building Budget: $500,000 one time
by Brian Wang
Nanotechnology is receiving billions of dollars in government funding and millions in corporate funding. Many developments are occurring in the field. There are many new organizations that are influencing various aspects of nanotechnology. The funders and other organizations are not focused on molecular manufacturing. Foresight needs to grow in order to continue being an important factor in shaping future nanotechnology directions.
Foresight will have the objective of advocating and pursuing molecular factories and computational chemistry. Foresight will remain a leader in bringing together those working at the nanoscale to compare notes and find collaborators/funding. Foresight will hasten the day that molecular factories are created.
Foresight will become a more inclusive organization. Charters, rules and support processes will be created for regional chapters and SIGs. Non-bay area members will need to be as involved and well served as local members. Meetup.com should be used to help Senior Associates organize and moderate local nano-schmoozes.
Foresight will apply for appropriate government grants for societal impact studies and public education.
$500,000 needs to be raised to fund new initiatives and to hire the extra staff needed to support new and existing programs. Foresight has metrics it is using to measure the effectiveness of its influence on ideas and how visible it is in the media.
Recruit new board members:
Hire paid staff for the following roles:
Recruit people for unpaid roles:
The following projects are to increase Foresights ability to influence policy, improve public education and promote the vision of molecular factories.
Projects that increase the membership should provide a return in new annual membership fees and more donations from members. These funds will be used to restore the financial strength of Foresight, pay the salaries of the new staff hires that have been recommended and other funds will be re-invested into further organizational growth.
The budget numbers above include approximately $250K to cover the first six monthsı salary for new hires; after six months, these are assumed to be covered by increased membership, continued fundraising, and new grants.
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