About Us

Future Generations University is a global pioneer in higher education, specializing in the interdisciplinary field of Applied Community Development. The University offers one-of-a-kind learning opportunities to community grounded professionals committed to developing a more inclusive, sustainable, and hopeful world.

Together with the University’s partner organization, the Future Generations Global Network, our Global Team gathers practitioners, students, academics, and community leaders in a universe of learning to advance the well-being of people and planet. We are headquartered in the heart of Appalachia where we reach to other marginalized communities all over the world with our method to advance community-based sustainable development.

Pioneering Higher Education in Applied Community Development - Future Generations University


Future Generations promotes research, learning, and action toward
inclusive and sustainable community change worldwide.

Promoting Research, Learning & Action towards Sustainable Community Change - Future Generations University

Future Generations delivers and teaches local impact at global scale. With its proven method for community development, this world-circling, yet community grounded, universe of learning is uniquely positioned to advance just and lasting change for all.


The Future Generations Global community seeks a shift in practice informed by our SEED-SCALE methodology toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and beyond. Our vision is a world-circling network of mutually informing communities, responding to emerging challenges with local change, and advancing how present generations can shape improved futures for generations yet-to-come.

Our History

Over three decades, Future Generations has evolved a global learning organization with expertise in community grounded sustainable development. Future Generations University exists to extend this learning through innovative graduate education, training, and collaborative research across a Global Network of development practitioners. Members of this Global Team share a proven method, SEED-SCALE, to advance inclusive, sustainable change across hundreds of communities in more than 42 countries.

Facilitating Community Grounded Sustainable Development - Future Generations University
Working towards 17 Sustainable Development Goals - Future Generations University

Our Shared Future

Communities all over the world must be equipped to develop site-specific solutions to grow resilience in the face of global challenges. That’s what we do at Future Generations. And we’re charting a new course to offer our community-based learning at a larger scale than ever before possible.

For the first time in human history, every country of the world has signed on to the same set of goals: the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In these, governments, many corporations, and donor agencies have shared targets to address our immense global challenges.