Future Centre Trust 1996-2001
In 1994, the United Nations Global Conference on Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States was held in Barbados. The late Dr. Colin Hudson, inspired by the late Dame Nita Barrow, the then Governor-General of Barbados, led the effort to mount the Village of Hope exhibition as part of the Non Government Organization (NGO) Forum which complemented the primary business of the Global Conference.
In the two week period of the conference 45,000 people paid to visit the exhibits in The Village of Hope. Dame Nita encouraged Dr. Hudson, along with a group of other interested persons, to establish a permanent site which would capture some of the sustainable development features exhibited at the Village. The Future Centre Trust was established to discharge this mandate. The Future Centre concept therefore evolved, with a measure of success, led by the vision of Dr. Colin Hudson and guided by the Trustees at that time.
Future Centre Trust was registered in 1997 with the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office in Barbados.
Counterpart Caribbean 2001-2009
The FCT operated until 2000, when in January of that year, Counterpart International, a sustainable development organisation based in Washington, DC, with 35 years experience operating in 60 countries, expressed an interest in extending its programmes into the Caribbean. After careful consideration, the Trustees of the then FCT saw the advantages of strengthening the activities of the Trust and expanding its perspective from Barbados to the Caribbean by establishing an international link with Counterpart International. Counterpart Caribbean continued for some nine years until 2009 when it was recognised that a more locally focused programme and a reinvention of sorts was required to move the organisation forward.
A return to the Future Centre Trust – 2009 and beyond
In late 2008, early 2009, a locally based committee was established to assist in the realignment of the goals and objectives of the concept. A newly elected local board, along with Marketing and Operations committees, have assisted in moving the organisation from COUNTERPART CARIBBEAN back to the popular and locally recognised brand of the FUTURE CENTRE TRUST, an organisation with a new energy and focus in a generation which is now truly recognising the benefits of educating our community in conserving and preserving our resources.
The aim was to structure the resource centre as primarily, a self-sustaining operation. However, it was recognised that to ensure the ability to provide at least one of our main focal areas, that is, to expand the environmental awareness of children in our community through activities and presentations, assistance wasrequired. Members of the private and public sectors as well as NGOs were therefore and continue to be invited to participate in the development of the FCT and its outreach programmes.
The FCT has developed this concept to demonstrate to individuals, businesses and other organisations, how they may become more competitive by using human and material resources more effectively.
The Directors of the FCT envisage that this model will foster environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability in the years to come, and that it will continue to hold special appeal for children as they learn what they need to do today to protect the earth for future generations.