The Biocentric Institute, a division of the Clifton Institute, engaged in a population/migration issues. The Institute published a bimonthly letter concentrating on anticipatory journalism, writing about subjects before they were picked up by the mainstream media. The goal of the Institute was to encourage rational and forthright debate on population/migration issues by targeting media leaders in essays which addressed developments in a reasoned, opinionated manner. The letter was committed to improving the quality of life for all peoples by anticipating the problems which will accompany future population growth, including migration on an unprecedented scale.
The project was directed by William B. Dickinson, a former Editor and Journalism teacher. He wrote regularly for the Biocentric Institute from 1992 to 2013. A 1953 graduate of the University of Kansas, he was a special agent in the U.S. Army's Counter-Intelligence Corp. He joined United Press in 1955 and worked in their Kansas City, Santa Fe and Washington, D.C. bureaus before joining Editorial Research Reports in Washington. He became Editor of that non-partisan service in 1966 and later served as Editor/Vice President of Congressional Quarterly, Inc. In 1973, he became the Editorial Director/General Manager of the Washington Post Writers Group, a newly formed profit center for editorial syndication and book publishing. After his retirement in 1991, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and began teaching at KU's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 1998, he was appointed to the Chair in Journalism at Louisiana State University and taught in Baton Rouge for the next four years. In 2003, he was named distinguished professor in LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication. He and his wife make their home in Lawrence.
In May 2009, the Institute published a paperback collection of its most important essays of the last 10 years, under the title: "Dear Fellow Citizen: Thoughts on Population, Environment & Society." This work reprints more than thirty essays on societal dilemmas concerning quality of life, the environment, population, and immigration in the United States and around the world. It is available from the distributor, The Social Contract Press, for $8.95 (445 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, MI 49770; 1-800-352-4843).
For more information about the Biocentric Institute please contact William Dickinson at wdicki2@LSU.edu