PYE Global

Ian is one of the founders and has been Chairman of the Board since 2009.

Partnership for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global) is a training and youth development organisation that partners with communities on five continents to help their youth to develop creativity and lead more purposeful lives. The programmes are arts-based and bridge generations and cultures.


Ian Watson is Executive Producer of a documentary on Forgiveness (Forgiveness), a special two-night, three-hour presentation (90 minutes broadcast each night) on prime time on the PBS Television Network in the United States at 10.00PM EST on April 17th and April 24th 2011. Also, the project involved a 60 minute feature-length adaptation of the documentary for theatrical release and distribution on DVD plus supporting media such as website, books and study guides.

This three hour documentary features compelling personal stories of individuals and groups of people who have made difficult personal journeys in search of forgiveness. These personal stories are supplemented with extended interviews with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, spiritual leaders, writers, psychologists and academic researchers on the difficult process of forgiveness and whether it is always possible to forgive.

Helen Whitney, the Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning PBS, directed and produced the documentary. All of her work contains strong spiritual themes. The two most watched PBS programmes ever have both been Helen Whitney’s productions.

WETA, the Washington DC PBS Television affiliate and one of the three primary PBS producing stations was the sponsoring station and carried the programme on its prime time three hour slots through the PBS Television Network.

The Sutton Trust

Ian joined the board of The Sutton Trust in January 2013.

The Sutton Trust (The Sutton Trust) was founded in 1997 by Sir Peter Lampl with the aim of promoting social mobility through education. It has funded a wide range of access projects in early years, school and university settings, with a focus on research, policy and innovative practical projects with a system-wide relevance.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences

Ian was Chairman of the board from 1999 to 2004 and a director from 1984 to 2004.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is a non-profit organisation located in Northern California that conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the powers of consciousness, including perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention and intuition. The Institute maintains a commitment to scientific rigour while exploring phenomena that have been largely overlooked by mainstream science.

Dan Brown, author of the best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code, has written a new book, The Lost Symbol, that features Noetic Sciences prominently. Dr Katherine Solomon, the fictional female protagonist, is described as a ‘noetic scientist’ and appears to be based on a composite of many of the leading figures in the real-life Noetic Sciences.

The Hunger Project

Ian was Chairman of the Global Board from 1987 to 1991.

The Hunger Project (THP) is a global, non-profit, strategic organisation committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, South Asia and Latin America, THP seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children.

THP and its affiliated partner countries have a worldwide staff of more than 300 people and a global office located in New York. THP operates in Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda and with local organisations in Bolivia and Peru. The partner countries, which raise funds for programmes in the developing world, include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.