Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek series, brought to his audiences meaningful and thought-provoking science fiction designed to encourage viewers to "think, question, and challenge the status quo" and to create "a brighter future". Gene's work touched countless lives and continues to entertain and inspire audiences worldwide.
In 2010, Gene's son, Rod, established the Roddenberry Foundation to build on his father's legacy. At the core of the foundation's mission is Gene's philosophy of inclusion, diversity, and respect for life and his desire to improve the lives of people through large-scale, systemic social change.
The foundation's current initiatives include:
- The Catalyst Fund--A small grants program focused on early-stage, unconventional ideas that have the potential for disruptive change
- The Roddenberry Prize--A yearly competition to crowd-source innovative solutions to issues that demand an immediate, bold, and global response
- The Roddenberry Innovation Fellowship--An annual program that provides a select group of accomplished social entrepreneurs with the resources to devote an entire year to their ideas
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