stan-e-albert.jpgOn October 5, the Board of Consultants of the Foundation of Dagmar and Vaclav Havel in Prague, Czech Republic, granted its prestigious award, Vision 97, for the year 2007 to psychiatrist, consciousness researcher, and psychedelic therapy pioneer Stanislav Grof, M.D. in a public ceremony. Former Czech President Vaclav Havel and his wife Dagmar launched their Foundation ten years ago. Besides distributing money for cultural and social purposes, this Foundation focuses on long-term support and organization of projects and programs that aim for the future, have pioneering features, attempt to break down conventions, and strengthen those avenues of science and culture, which at present do not enjoy support of the majority of people or are not comprehensible to them, but which with their consequences can inspire or otherwise meaningfully influence the future.

Former recipients of the award include the author Umberto Eco, former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, neurosurgeon Karl H. Pribram, and psychologist Phillip G. Zimbardo.