Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies

Each of us has an essential role in the construction of whatever futures do come to pass. Humans have never before had more influence over – and ethical responsibilities towards – the futures of our environment, our biology, and indeed, of all life. Futures studies encourages the contemplation of many possible futures and facilitates dialogue between groups with competing or conflicting visions.

The Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (Hawaii Futures) was established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1971. It is one of the world’s most renowned institutions for futures research, consulting, and education. Located within the Department of Political ScienceCollege of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, it has been instrumental in the education of four decades of futurists, in the development and spread of judicial and educational foresight, and in bringing foresight and futures thinking to organizations, agencies, and businesses around the world.

Activities of Hawaii Futures are overseen by pioneer futurist
Jim Dator, who for nearly a half-century has sculpted the very discipline of futures studies. In addition to ongoing teaching, Dator served as Secretary General and then President of the World Futures Studies Federation for a decade produced numerous publications on futures studies and emergent issues, and consulted with governmental, educational, religious, public-interest, military, and business organizations in over 40 countries.

“Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Any useful statement about the futures should appear to be ridiculous.” – Jim Dator

“The future ain’t what it used to be.” – Yogi Berra

“Future is not a noun, it’s a verb.” – Bruce Sterling

“Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.” – Jonas Salk

“The world is getting better and better, and worse and worse, faster and faster.” – Tom Atlee