A Six-Month Dialogue About Our Future

In 1962, Seattle established itself as a global focal point, hosting a world’s fair driven by the space age – ultimately creating a physical legacy: Seattle Center. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the fair, there is cause for celebration and contemplation, as our region faces an entirely new set of priorities, challenges and opportunities. Today, the question is about the social and intellectual capital that feed our region’s –and the world’s – creative energy.

The Next Fifty will be forward-looking and ambitious, enlisting experts, innovators, and global citizens to start and sustain a blueprint for the next half-century. For six months, Seattle Center will again play host to millions of visitors. In the spotlight will be eight focus areas that represent the Pacific Northwest’s leadership, inviting the kind of debate and discovery that forge futures.

The Next Fifty is a collaborative effort imagined and executed through extensive partnerships by community members, businesses and organizations that believe in the opportunity presented by the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Their involvement is the core of the six-month celebration in 2012.

Board of Governors
The Next Fifty Board of Governors endorse, and generate enthusiasm for, the 2012 celebration. They come from government, business and civic institutions with global reach and impact.

Participating Organizations
The Next Fifty Participating Organizations represent a growing list of companies, civic and community groups who are passionately committed to the celebration and the opportunity represented by the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. They have agreed to partner in the planning and execution of The Next Fifty.

The Next Fifty Ambassadors represent a growing list of people who are engaged in making the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair a global event that will leave an unprecedented legacy.