Alexander Bruen is the founder of
the World Future Fund. He has had a 40 year career in the non-profit world,
working as an executive and a consultant for some of America’s
largest non-profit organizations. A key
aspect of his career has been a commitment to try to create bipartisan
coalitions bringing together people of different points of view to support
Mr. Bruen has served as Newsletter Editor and Library Director of the
American Security Council, which created the Coalition for Peace through
Strength, whose official Principles of Peace through Strength were formally
endorsed by a majority of both Houses of Congress and the President of the
United States. Among other activities he compiled each year the
global military balance figures from official sources that were distributed to
top leaders and printed up for distribution all over the country. The ASC
Library, which he directed, was one of the largest national security libraries
in the nation. In 1989 the
policy of Peace through Strength
helped to produce one of the major turning points in world history when the
Berlin Wall opened. On December 25, 1991 the Soviet
Union ceased to exist. The work of the ASC has been endorsed by
Presidents. For his work at the ASC the Administrative Director stated that “I regard Al Bruen as one of the most capable professionals I have ever
met. He displayed management qualities
of the highest order and functions very well as part of a company team. Al Bruen is worthy
of my highest recommendation”.
In the 1980’s he submitted a detailed research report he
wrote on Soviet cheating on international agreements to the White House. The Chairman of the National Security Council
for the President of the United States
stated that Mr. Bruen's report “will indeed be helpful in formulating and implementing
INNER CITY POVERTY
. Mr. Bruen has a deep interest in
issues of poverty and development, having grown up living right next door to Harlem
in New York City. He has served as a consultant to
World Vision, America’s
largest privately funded international relief and development organization,
helping them develop a strategy for dealing with U.S.
inner city problems. For his work at
World Vision, the director of its U.S.
anti-poverty division stated that “For organizations needing advice on
communications, fund raising and general management consulting, I would give Al
Bruen the highest recommendation.”
GLOBAL RELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION. He has read all the major holy books of the world’s
religions and is very interested in seeing how religions can work together for
needed goals. He served as a founding
board member of the World Communications Institute, which created Religion
leading professional newsletter on religion until it ceased publication in
1992. The founder of World Communications Institute and
one of the world’s top religion journalists stated that “Rarely have I met
someone as knowledgeable and perceptive about world events as Al Bruen. He is
especially gifted at identifying key trends within a vast array of information
and data.” At the World Future Fund he has supervised grants
to groups working in Sudan
and Kashmir to try to bring an end to violence among religious
THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS
. In the 1990’s Mr. Bruen became increasingly concerned
about both the deteriorating global environmental situation and the failure of
world leaders to work together to build a sustainable future. It reminded him of the declining military balance between
America and Russia in the 1970’s, where official Washington simply was not
adequately responding to very clear trends that could be carefully documented.
He wrote the five year anniversary cover story for
D.C.’s Green Calendar, Washington’s
leading environmental monthly, concerning a very dangerous bill in Congress
that would have severely damaged environmental regulation. In spite of huge odds against success, the
forces of reform were victorious in giving this disastrous bill a well-deserved
and permanent defeat.
In that same year, 1995, he founded the World
Future Fund. This web site details the
record of achievement here.
MUSIC, FILM AND THE ARTS
. Mr. Bruen is very interested in the arts and was an
investor in a local rock D.C. music publication. He has a collection of art books that covers
almost every major picture in the history of art as well as key works of
architecture and sculpture. He is an
avid video game player and photographer.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK
. He has also been very active on a volunteer basis
in his community, being elected to serve as Vice President of a local
homeowners association and working closely with local police departments to
fight crime. He has a letter of thanks
from the Chief of Police of Washington D.C.’s Metro System for his work on
Ruby Bollwahn has been part of the World
Future Fund for ten years. As Vice President, she is responsible
for organizing and supervising administrative activities, managing and
delegating work to employees and monitoring the organization's finances.
She attends meetings on behalf of the President if he is not available and is
the designated successor to the President. Since joining World
Future Fund, Ruby has participated in many important projects over the years.
One of her greatest achievements was her help in expanding our network here in
Washington D.C. area and internationally, particularly using the tools of social
networking on the internet.
She supervised a major reorganization of one
our organization's crown jewels, the World Future Fund Library. This has
involved the creation of
reading lists of key books in the library on the web and placing links for them
to Amazon.com so people can buy them. She helped set up our
Signs of the Times program to keep our readers aware of key news events relating
to future trends.
Prior to joining the World Future Fund, Ruby had an extensive
career in radio broadcasting,
working as a producer and announcer with a major local radio station in the
Washington D.C. area. As a result of her background in
broadcasting, she came to her job with a good
understanding of professional recording hardware and software. She has helped build up our in house capability to
produce lectures and videos for our web site. She helped launch our World Future Fund You Tube
site and has done a great job in studying You Tube to see all the ways by which
we can use this medium, including as means of networking with other concerned
organizations and people. She has also helped us set up an in house capability
in professional photography..
Outside of work Ruby is very interested in art
and music. She enjoys attending rock concerts and playing the guitar as a
hobby. Her musical tastes include metal, hard rock, and classic rock.
Aside from music, Ruby loves nature and has a huge interest in conservation of the environment.
Jessica Johnson helps to coordinate a global communications strategy for
World Future Fund. She has been here for three years. In today's global digital world many forms of content are
coming together online. Here at the World Future Fund, we are increasing the
use of audio and video on our web site and integrating it into what we have
online in terms of written reports. Jessica monitors other major organizations
and keeps up to date with social networking by monitoring key groups,
individuals and trends via Facebook. Part of her presence on Facebook is
involved in networking with groups and individuals locally and abroad. A key
interest in this department is building a network in Norway, Germany and
She also has professional video and audio editing skills. She has
developed web content that helps show other
people on the web how they can showcase their abilities with affordable media
technology. This task also involves monitoring the current state of technology
and pulling together the different aspects of online media networking. In
particular, this can involve showing an activist how to spread their message via
the multimedia experience.
Prior to joining the World Future Fund,, she built up communications experience from
researching local religious groups in the area as well as with her experience
teaching English as a Second Language to adults. Specifically, she did work with
local Pagan groups in the Northern Virginia area as part of her Ethnography work
as an undergraduate student at George Mason University. She also worked with the
media and technology at the University of Central Florida Library. In
particular, Jessica is interested in the anthropological roots of world cultures
and how the lessons of ancient history relate to today's geopolitical situation.
Jessica also enjoys attending musical concerts in the local area, looking at
art, reading novels, exploring nature, and rocking out on guitar. She currently
plays on a Jackson and has been playing for about ten years now. She enjoys
learning about how to play different styles of music, such as metal, classical
guitar, blues and blue grass. Jessica is inspired by art, music and nature and
how these things have been explored in the various cultures around the world.