Factsheet 2017-12-21T08:45:24+00:00


igslogo-smallerThe following information provides deeper insight into the Institute of General Semantics.

The Institute of General Semantics is:

  • A qualified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established by Alfred Korzybski in Chicago in 1938.

  • An officially recognized United Nations NGO (non-governmental organization). Our NGO status allows us to share the insights of general semantics with other socially involved NGO entities at the UN. (NGOs are often the most effective voices for the concerns of ordinary people in the international arena.)

  • Headquartered in New York City.

  • A member-supported organization with individual members around the world.

  • An educational organization that provides training in the methods and applications of general semantics.

  • The publisher of ETC: A Review of General Semantics, a respected quarterly academic journal since 1943, serving subscriptions to approximately 200 libraries in approximately 20 countries.

  • The product of a merger in January 2004 with the International Society for General Semantics (ISGS), established in 1942.

  • The publisher of books and other media related to general semantics, with over 50 titles available in our online store.