Visions for Tomorrow

MISSION STATEMENT

Visions for Tomorrow (www.VisionsforTomorrow.net) brings together leaders in science, technology, art, architecture, education and policy to champion a fresh and hopeful outlook on the future and to advance the idea that individuals can affect significant and positive change.

Recognizing the rapid pace at which yesterday’s science fiction is becoming today’s and tomorrow’s science fact, Syfy Channel has launched a new public affairs initiative, Visions for Tomorrow, to inspire individuals, organizations, corporations and policymakers to meet the growing challenges of the future.

With the prevalence of war and global terrorism, the increasing frequency of natural disasters, and the impact of overpopulation and environmental degradation, there is growing public concern over our ability to solve these seemingly intractable problems. To address these powerful challenges, Syfy believes the world needs — now more than ever — an optimistic vision of the future.

Through on-air public service announcements, off-channel symposia, Web sites, educational curricula and advocacy-based public affairs efforts, Syfy is heralding a bold, new optimistic vision for tomorrow.

Visions for Tomorrow will
SUPPORT local, state and national programs that spur entrepreneurship and innovation.
CHAMPION the notion that individuals can have a significant, positive impact on humankind.
INVESTIGATE an anthology of ideas for improving life on Earth.
FOSTER an environment for educators and students to create innovative ways to improve the quality of life in their communities or to enhance the well-being of people in general.
INCREASE the chances for individuals to meet the challenges of the future.

Syfy Channel is a television network where “what if” is what’s on. Syfy fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.syfy.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 86 million homes, Syfy Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.

FACT SHEET

Visions for Tomorrow is a multi-faceted campaign that fosters and supports the notion that individuals can have a significant and positive impact on the future. Through interstitial public service announcements, an informational Web site and educational programs, Visions for Tomorrow will engage educators, students, cable operators, futurists, thought leaders and policymakers in a bold, new optimistic vision of tomorrow.

Syfy Advisory BoardVisions for Tomorrow will tap into the insights of Syfy’s advisory board. Consisting of thought leaders from a variety of disciplines such as architecture, business, art, government, science and technology, the advisory board champions the idea that individuals from all walks of life can have a positive impact on the human condition. This working “think tank” sets the stage for fostering tomorrow’s innovative thinkers…today. Board members may serve as contributors to the Visions for Tomorrow Web site.

Online AdvocacySyfy’s public affairs Web site, www.VisionsForTomorrow.net, serves as a portal for information and opinions on a range of issues, with an eye towards helping individuals to identify ways to constructively meet today’s challenges. The Web site inspires visitors to consider creative solutions, and to initiate positive change to address a broad range of concerns facing communities all across the country. The site refers visitors to nonprofit and advocacy organizations that offer information, action steps and helpful ways to further engage educators, children, thought leaders and policymakers.

Educational OutreachAs part of our ongoing commitment to learning, Syfy is providing supplemental curriculum materials, which will be made available to Cable in the Classroom, and a host of other organizations, which reach teachers and students.

PSA CampaignSyfy presents a series of PSAs, “Postcards from the Future,” which feature children from around the globe sending messages of thanks, hope and optimism, their world having been vastly improved because of actions taken today. The campaign will be showcased on the Channel, as well as on other Syfy digital properties.

Public Policy and Affiliate Relations EffortsA vital component of Visions for Tomorrow will focus on encouraging local, state and national policymakers to support programs that stimulate social entrepreneurship and progressive thinking, particularly among youth. Syfy will also work with its cable affiliates around the country to create community events that celebrate creative innovators whose visions attempt to bridge the gap between today’s science fiction and tomorrow’s science fact.