|The George Boole Institute Appeal
The George Boole Foundation has, as its central objective, the organization of The George Boole Institute as a centre to foster the recognition of the contributions of George Boole to modern society, through practical and useful means.
Institutes in the United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, the word "Institute" is used by organizations when they conduct research at the highest level or are a professional body of the highest standing. In order to be to be registered there needs to be sufficient evidence that there is a need for such an institute and that it has appropriate regulations or examination standards. It is also necessary to provide evidence that the organization enjoys the support of other representative and independent bodies.
The proposed role of the Institute
It is the purpose of the George Boole Foundation to establish a useful role of the proposed Institute, avoiding duplication of work of other organizations and, in collaboration with representative and independent bodies, to shape an Institute organization proposal that will:
A centre of excellence for innovation
- provide evidence of its role in contributing to research
- explain how it will foster the professional proficiency of those involved in its activities
- demonstrate adequate support from other representative and independent bodies
- draw up appropriate regulations and administrative structure
In order to maximize the benefit to the British economy, and society as a whole, it is proposed that the George Boole Institute be a centre of excellence for innovation based upon the appropriate management of information and methods of inference for decision-making. Such decision analysis should be applied to all areas of human endeavour. Today, digital technologies and techniques, used to support decision analysis in the form of devices and software logic, represent an enormous potential for the promotion of productivity. There is a significant backlog in the process of applying state-of-the-art technology across most economic activities. There is a need to identify ways and means of accelerating the process of technological transfer and the take-up of appropriate technologies and techniques for the whole of the British economy to benefit more from such innovation .
A challenge facing the process of translation of ideas into practice is an issue of confidence. People have varying assessments of the probability of successful outcomes of actions arising from decisions. If people feel that the likelihood of success is low then they assess the investment to be one associated with risk. On the other hand, better-informed individuals might be more aware of the feasibility and consider such an activity to involve less risk, as a result, they are more likely to change their behaviour by engaging the process of innovation.
Extension service & demonstrations
Therefore in order to broaden and deepen the innovative front, throughout the British economy, there is a need for an extension service whereby new ideas are prototyped and proven to be feasible through demonstration. In this way a larger number of entities will have the opportunity to assess the utility, convenience and economy of innovations without any initial risk to themselves and then, on the basis of their assessment of the potential contribution of innovations to their activities, decide to progress with investment or otherwise.
Creating an institutional legacy
The George Boole Foundation was formed as a non-profit foundation to organize the establishment of the George Boole Institute. The proposed role of the Institute can be better understood by sponsors and financial supporters if they can observe examples of the likely practical benefits of the institution. Therefore in addition to managing the raising of funds, for The George Boole Institute Appeal, the Foundation will initiate two important ongoing activities which eventually will be taken over by the Institute. These are:
The Decision Analysis Initiative will be a demonstration programme involving online demonstrations of the feasibility, utility, economic viability and benefits of online decision analysis systems for business, governance and the national constituency.
- The Decision Analysis Initiative
- Boolean Society publication series
The Boolean Society publication series will be a set of documents and briefs suitable for professionals, politicians, businessmen, higher education students as well as school children. These will cover a wide range of topics on the application of decision analysis in realizing effective solutions to defined social, environmental and economic problems.
Both of these activities will be supported by meetings, committees, workshops, seminars, other fora and activities, the proceedings and outcomes of which will be reported on the website:
and the Decision Analysis Initiative website:
These ongoing activities, for which the Foundation is organizing a separate funding appeal, will provide a demonstration of the type of operation which the Institute will be able to provide. This will enable the Foundation to hand over to the Institute a functionally useful service, as a legacy.
This practical approach should help improve the short to medium term benefits of this operation. This should help clarify the role and scope of activities of the Institute justifying the requests for support of the The George Boole Institute Appeal. Details on the Appeal are to be found in GBF Brief No. 04.
|The George Boole Foundation & Boolean Society are sponsored by various entities|