Orgs - Government, Security, Peace and Environment

Foresighted and foresight-oriented governmental (official), security, peace, and environmental organizations around the world. 

Listed alpha by organization name. Two-line maximum description, thanks.

Action Against Hunger (AAH)
Specializing in emergency situations of war, conflict, and natural disasters.
Information age consulting to defense and corporate clients using complex systems, process innovation, and futures methodologies. (Jeffrey Cares, David Jarvis)
American Evaluation Association
Assessing the strength and weaknesses of programs, personnel, and technology. Great complement to futures studies.
Berkana Institute
Leadership development, community development, and sustainability initiatives. Complex systems theory inspired (Margaret Wheatley). 
Beyond War
A revitalization of the Beyond War movement of the 1980's that had 24,000 participants in 23 states in the USA and worldwide.
Harnessing US intelligence to improve diplomacy.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nonpartisan promotion of international cooperation and U.S. engagement for peace.
Center for Energy and Climate Solutions
Championing solutions to improve energy sustainability and reduce greenhouse gases (Joseph Romm)
Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS)
Promoting research, innovation and education in the fields of information sciences, cognitive studies and global security.
Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI)
American think tank on democratic issues from 1959 to 1987. Great archives (Robert Hutchins).
Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
The largest NGO devoted to curbing WMD proliferation, and training grad students in nonproliferation studies. Part of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS).
Center for Responsive Politics (
Exposing and counting all the lobbying money that each US politician gets from corporate special interests. Making politics more transparent and accountable to voters.
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
Research institute established to promote innovative thinking about defense planning and investment strategies. 
Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies
Counterintelligence, counterterrorism and security training and analysis. (David Major).
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI)
The CIA conducts foreign intelligence, and their CSI conducts public and private research on intelligence.
Change Congress
Internet activist Lawrence Lessig's site to improve US congress. Promotes four platforms for stopping special interest money, transparency, and campaign reform.
Computer TakeBack Campaign
Aggressive NGO using anti-corporate public relations policy to promote computer recycling (Robin Schneider)
A one-stop site helping US citizens to communicating with elected officials (and vice versa).
Conservation International
Broad range of programs aimed at sustainability and maintaining Earth's natural heritage. 
Club of Budapest
A systems theory-oriented community for improving sustainability and "planetary consciousness." (Ervin Laszlo). 
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
The central research and development agency for the Department of Defense.
Department of Homeland Security (DSH) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
DSH is tasked to organize the US to "secure the homeland" from terrorist attacks. The TSA is chartered to protect the nation's transportations systems.
DNA Print Genomics 
Using DNA Forensics for a physical profile of crime suspects. Can do skin, eye, hair color, height, earlobe type, etc. Working on predicting facial structure!
Ecological Design Institute
Perhaps the earliest institute pioneering sustainable architecture (Sim Van Der Ryn).
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The UK's leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. Business and public sector.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world.
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) (Mark Rotenberg) (Washington, DC USA)
Public interest research center working since 1994 to protect individual and consumer privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values
European Commission's Forward Studies UnitInstitute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) (Spain) and Foresight on Information Society Technologies in Europe (FISTE)
Long range forecasting studies on European Integration and Technology
Federal Forecasters Consortium
Interdisciplinary group of governmental leaders seeking to improve forecasting for public policy decisions.
Federation of American Scientists and Project on Government Secrecy
Monitoring government secrecy, the global arms trade and the control of weapons of mass destruction. Inc 
Redirecting the U.S. marketplace toward more sustainable forestry management.
Friends of the Earth
Network of grassroots environmental groups in 70 countries. Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by David Brower.
Future Positive (Synearth)
Sustainability-oriented approach to understanding accelerating change. (Timothy Wilken)
Global Scenario Group (GSG)
Sustainability-oriented scenarios for world resource governance (Paul Raskin).
Good Harbor (Arlington, VA USA)
Cybersecurity and antiterrorism consultancy (Former national security advisor Richard Clarke))
Green Belt Movement
Kenyan and international movement for tree planting and women and child empowerment (Wangari Maathai)
H.L. Stimson Center

Practical, nonpartisan, creative solutions to the problems of national and international security.
Intnat'l Assoc. of Directors of Law Enforcement Stds & Training (IADLEST)
Assist U.S. states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Main nuclear nonproliferation enforcement group. Multinational, U.N. independent.
International Crisis Group (ICG)
Field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Formed in 1974 by OECD members, to prevent a repeat of the oil shock of 1973-4. The world has been dramatically more conservation oriented since. Global energy use grows slower every year, and since 1990 has grown just 2% a year.
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
An all volunteer industrial-government network driving the future of defense through education, access, and influence.
National Science Board
Legislative and executive advisory body. Established by congress in 1950. NSF director is on the board.
NESTA FutureLab (Nat'l Endowmt for Sci, Tech & Arts)
Leveraging IT to accelerate educational innovation (United Kingdom) 
Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy 
Supporting pluralistic political party formation and participation in young democracies around the world. 
Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
Working to reduce the global threat from nuclear terrorism and weapons proliferation (Ted Turner, Sam Nunn)
Ocean Alliance
Dedicated to the conservation of whales and their ocean environment through research and education (Roger Payne)
Very nice transparency platform for congressional bills, senators, representatives, committees, etc. Start of collaborative democratic feedback.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Thirty member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. Active relationships with 70 other countries.
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Innovative USG agency that helps US businesses invest in emerging markets by providing loans and risk insurance, in support of US foreign policy and global development. Has earned a profit since its inception in 1971.
Police Futures International
Law enforcement, criminal and social justice, and the future of the policing profession. 
Policy Futures
Forecasting political change using voting and utility models (Stanley Feder, Alan Schwartz)

Population Connection
Education and advocacy to reduce global population to sustainable levels (formerly Zero Population Growth). 
POST Command College (California)
Training law enforcement for the challenges of the future.
President's Council on Bioethics
Conservative biotechnology advisory body. Policy of no interventions beyond therapy. (Leon Kass)
Promoting "Anticipatory Governance", bringing foresight, networks, and feedback to Government Strategy and Policy (Leon Fuerth, Evan Faber)
Project Vote Smart
Community-constructed nonpartisan information on the backgrounds and records of countless US political officials, ballot measures, issues, and legislation.
Interdisciplinary conferences on science, social responsibility, and world affairs. 
Search for Common Ground
Fostering independent radio stations and peaceful conflict resolution in 15 countries. 30% funded by USAID.
Sierra Club
America's oldest and largest (700,000 members) grassroots environmental organization. Often acceleration-unaware.
Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC)
Providing legal support to the free and open source software (FOSS) movement.
One of the leading global peace and conflict studies research communities.
Strategic Foresight Group Mumbai, India, addresses critical global challenges - in particular trans-boundary water resources, implications of new technologies for global security, terrorism, economic disparities and protracted conflicts.
Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Maximizing technology’s contribution to economic growth, high-wage job creation, and the social well being of the United States. Includes NIST, NTIS and OTP.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. foreign assistance for disaster recovery, escaping poverty, and democratic reform.
U.S. Air War College
Strategic thinking about security, warfighting, sci-tech policy, counterproliferation, leadership, innovation, and futuring.
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command
Investigative services for Army, including computer crimes and cyber security.
U.S. Army War College
Preserving peace by the study of national defense and effective command.
U.S. Dept. of Education. National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

U.S. Dept. of TransportationIntelligent Transportation Systems
Using advances in information technologies and electronics to improve our nation's transportation network.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA, DoE)
Providing data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and better public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
U.S. House Committee on Science
Jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research and development. Since 1958.
U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
DC-based nonpartisan think tank doing studies on peace, conflict resolution, democracy and development.
U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) (DoC)
The President's principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues.
United Nations
World's main international governance discussion group. Frequently visionary but also very politicized, bureaucratic, and often ineffectual.
UN Global Compact
Bringing companies together with UN agencies, labor, and civil organizations to support nine principles in international human rights.
UN ICT (Info and Communications Technologies) Task Force
Help harness the power of information and communication technologies for advancing the global development goals of the Millennium Declaration (particularly, halving the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015).
UN ITU (International Telecommunications Union)
Helping governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services.
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, 
University of Graz. A
n interdisciplinary, internationally oriented research center in "Climate, Environmental, and Global Change". 
World’s largest and most diverse conservation network (Gland, Switzerland).
World Court (International Court of Justice)
Legal arm of the U.N. The U.S. sometimes ignores its findings, as it is still influenced by countries that have not developed modern legal standards.
World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland)
International organization where the world's corporate and opinion leaders discuss world economic development and global citizenship.
World Privacy Forum
Non-partisan research, advocacy, and consumer education in the intersecting areas of technology and privacy.
World Social Forum (Started in Brazil 2001)
Antithesis of the World Economic Forum, annual meetings focused on a more democratic and sustainable globalization agenda.
World Technology Evaluation Center (WTEC)
Cutting edge international technology assessment studies. NBICS, simulation, etc.
World Trade Organization (WTO, Geneva, Switzerland)
Global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between 146 member nations.
World Wildlife Fund
Promoting biodiversity, renewability, and the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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