Thinking Big for Positive Futures

Much attention and effort is focused on the threats and risks to humanity. Little appears to be focused on what positive futures could look like and how to get there. 

Our aim is not only to shift focus but also to inspire big thinking and action for transformative futures, empowering coordination toward better outcomes. We curate resources on possible futures and relevant high-impact science and technology, host worldbuilding exercises and courses, interview experts working in the field on our podcast, and host events and workshops to foster collaboration.

Existential Hope is a project created by the Foresight Institute, a non-profit championing the responsible development of game-changing technologies and scientific discoveries. 

By subscribing to our monthly newsletter, the Existential Hope Drop, you'll receive regular doses of inspiration and actionable insights. We also welcome contributions – if you've encountered work that embodies your vision for a desirable future, share it with us!


Our team

Allison Duettmann

In her everyday job, Allison Duettmann is the President and CEO of Foresight Institute. She directs the Intelligent Cooperation, Molecular Machines, Biotech & Health Extension, Neurotech, and Space Programs, Fellowships, Prizes, and Tech Trees, and shares this work with the public. She founded Existentialhope.com, co-edited Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy, co-authored Gaming the Future, and co-initiated The Longevity Prize. She advises companies and organizations, such as the Consortium for Space Health, and is on the Executive Committee of the Biomarker Consortium. She holds an MS in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics, focusing on AI Safety.

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Beatrice Erkers

Beatrice manages the Existential Hope program, encouraging thoughtful discussions on technology’s role in society. Beatrice also co-hosts the Existential Hope podcast and oversees its platform, fostering a space for collaborative exploration and ideas. Her work is centred around connecting people and ideas to shape a positive technological future. Beatrice holds a BA in Comparative Literature and a MS in History of Science and Ideas from Uppsala university.

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Videos on Existential Hope

Mark Miller on Existential hope
Mark Miller (Agoric, Foresight Institute) interviewed on Existential Hope and Foresight Institute, during Vision Weekend 2018.
Anders Sandberg on Existential Hope
Anders Sandberg (Future of Humanity Institute) interviewed on Existential Hope and Foresight Institute, during Vision Weekend 2018.
Existential Risk and Existential Hope | Toby Ord
Toby Ord, Future of Humanity Institute Allison Duettmann, Foresight Institute