Who We Are

Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) envisions a global future in which humanity is in right relationship with the commonwealth of life.QIF seeks to generate insight, knowledge and wisdom that informs public policy and enables us to treat all humans and the whole commonwealth of life as a sacred community. QIF conducts research using practices of collaborative spiritual discernment based on the Quaker tradition of “meeting for worship for business.” The Institute creates the opportunity for scholars and activists to investigate their areas of interest and commitment within the Spirit-led context of Quaker testimonies, other traditions, truth seeking and public service.

Focus Book Series

Insight and understanding born of careful discernment on social, economic, and ecological concerns.

Summer Research Seminars

Spirit-led research using Quaker methods of reflection and discernment.

The 2021 Summer Research Seminar was held via video conferencing from August 16-20, 2021. Videos and a playlist are posted on the QIF YouTube channel.



The 2022 Summer Research Seminar was held via video conferencing from August 8-12, 2022.

Circles of Discernment

Small study groups that examine particular themes and concerns. Currently active circles have been meeting on “Bridging Polarity”, “Regenerative Agriculture”, and “Smarter Planet or Wiser Earth: How Dialogue Can Transform Artificial Intelligence Into Collaborative Wisdom”

News and Events

November 2022: We are scaling up our 2023 QIF Youth Grants Info Sheet and looking for applicants as well as cosponsoring organizations.

September 2022: If you would like to receive occasional updates, please click on “Contact Us”

February 2022: We’ve set the dates for the 2022 Summer Research Seminar. Learn more here.

September 2021: Read the Quaker Institute for the Future Epistle on Responding to the Threat of Overwhelming Climate Change

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