The Pharos Foundation (Stiftelsen Pharos) is a non-partisan NGO, research institute, publisher, and think tank. It was founded in Sweden 2016 by Jacob Nordangård. 


The aim of the Pharos Foundation is to highlight threats to democracy, freedom of thought, and humanity itself, by 

a) promoting and conducting scientific research and analysis;

b) participateing in public debate;

c) organising conferences, events, lectures, and workshops;

d) producing reports, books, and articles. 

f) handing out the Pharos Lighthouse Award to genuine humanitarians working for truth, beauty, and goodness. 

Pharos is, however, is not another conservative or libertarian think tank. We try to stay out of political boxes and view Left–Right as a false dichotomy as the threats to human well-being and liberty at this time seem to come from both the left and the right; both from the neoliberal market forces and the regulating state. Our aim is to find the balance between the extremes, with respect both for the individual and the group. 

Focus Areas

1. The threat to humanity

We are now at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In order to "save the planet," everything must be monitored, registered, and controlled. Smart Cities are being built at breakneck speed. The stated goal is a merging of man and IT technology. A third party (an AI) is often already present in most of our interactions. But it can get much worse if we don't demand a limit to the intrusiveness of the soon-to-be-implemented Internet of Things. 

2. The threat to our habitat

Urban  architecture is becoming increasingly large-scale, sterile and soulless – or deliberately provocative and disorienting. Parks, trees, historical buildings and local cultural heritage seem no longer protected. Increasingly, the countryside and smaller towns are being emptied in favor of impersonal mega cities, while freed land attracts large-scale mining or logging. 

3. The threat to democracy

Power is increasingly being transferred to supranational organisations where true democracy is no longer natural part. Freedom of opinion is replaced by a values-based dictatorship where only one view is permitted and where divergent opinions, or even just discussing a sensitive topic, results in marginalising or penalising by discreet or overt measures. This is a sign of the emerging post-democratic society. There is also the very real threat of one extreme resulting in the opposite extreme, equally oppressive. 

Board Members

Jacob Nordangård

Founder and Chairman of the Pharos Foundation. Born in Jönköping 1968. Musician, author, and lecturer. Ph.D. in Technology and Social Change. Master of Social Science in Geography and in Culture and Media. 


Inger G. Nordangård

Secretary of the Pharos Foundation. Born in Stockholm 1961. Colour and lighting consultant, translator and editor.

Hans Holmén

Born in Örebro 1948. Docent in Human Geography and Economic Geography, lecturer, now retired.

Johan Laurell

Born in Flen 1968. Master of Science in Engineering in Environment and Water Technology. National Coordinatior and Project Manager at Drive LBG, national innovation cluster for liquid biogas.   

Staffan Wennberg

Born in Stockholm 1943. Has worked in the publishing business as CEO, consultant and publisher in Scandinavia Switzerland, the US, and the UK, now retired. Former Chaiman of the World Taxpayers Association. 

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