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Government Foresight: Myth, Dream, or Reality?

Yehezkel Dror
Gearing Government for Weaving the Future

6th Floor Board Room

Nanotechnology and the Environment

5th floor conference room

Positive Feedback, Technology Lock-in, and Implications for Policy

David Kline, Ph.D.
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Fifth Floor Conference Room

Who Owns the Genome?

Speakers: Eric S. Lander, Ph.D. Director, Whitehead Center for Genome Research; Q. Todd Dickinson, JD, Partner Howrey Simon Arnold & White, Former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Pilar N. Ossorio, Ph.D., JD, Assistant Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Wisconsin; Scott A. Brown, JD, Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Moderator: Justin Gillis, Staff Reporter, Washington Post

What Might the World Look Like in 50 Years?

On May 20-21 the Wilson Center's Foresight and Governance Project held a workshop on global foresight with support from NASA. The conference was the first effort in a series designed to stimulate governments and other concerned parties to think about possible goals that could be achieved over a long time period (30-50 years) and with a proactive approach to governance.

Planning Twenty Years Out

Summary of a seminar and discussion with John Hiles, Research Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. The seminar was co-sponsored by RAND.

"If we can gain insight into the surprising events that can connect to our actions, then it is quite possible that history will see us as men and women who are shrewd, and sometimes wise, but at least not the architects of our own calamities."

The Road to Copenhagen: Energy Solutions for Emerging Economies

Technology and innovation will be critical for China, India, and other emerging economies to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions – and U.S. technology policy can help lead the way. New technologies such as solid state lighting systems, efficient nanocarbon materials and biomass energy offer hopeful prospects that can lead to equitable and sustainable development.

Human Population Growth and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

While the relationships between population growth, economic growth, poverty, land use, and the diffusion of technology are complex, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes the role that future population growth can play in the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Greening of the U.S. Military: Environmental Policy, National Security, and Organizational Change

The Greening of the U.S. Military: Environmental Policy, National Security, and Organizational Change is a carefully constructed and well-organized account of the regulation of environmental issues within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the armed services. Author Robert F. Durant recounts and analyzes the organizational changes that took place as the defense establishment moved to comply with significant parts of the environmental regulatory framework that governs civil enterprises.

Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Options in Developing Countries: A Review of Current Implementation Practices

This article summarizes five of the most common household water treatment and safe storage options—chlorination, filtration (biosand and ceramic), solar disinfection, combined filtration/chlorination, and combined flocculation/chlorination—and describes implementation strategies for each option. The authors identify the successes, challenges, and obstacles encountered in implementing projects.