XXIV WFSF World Conference

The WFSF 24th World Conference will be held on 26th – 29th of October 2021 in Berlin, Germany. “We are aiming to have both a physical venue and an online event. This will be a physical gathering again after more than one year in digital isolation,” says WFSF President Dr. Erik F. Øverland. The topics and call for papers will be announced soon. An organization planning group and a scientific committee will be established shortly. Based on our WFSF-PMU agreement, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU) will be our main partner. In addition we will aim to have other partners, both from Germany and international bodies. The IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment in Berlin and the German Network of Futures Researchers are already confirmed. The organization planning group will look for and decide on additional partners. We are also in contact with The Futurium in Berlin to have it as the physical venue of the conference. Click here to see more information about the Futurium. Save the dates in your calendar and stay tuned to this website and the WFSF Listserv for updates.

UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit 2020 (8-12 December)

From 8 to 12 December 2020, the UNESCO High-Level Futures Literacy Summit provided testimonials from around the world that being futures literate changes what people see and do. From high ranking leaders in the public and private sector to activists, artists, students and professors, the Summit showed how people become futures literate and the impact it has on all aspects of life (click here to read more). Dr. Riel Miller, Head of Futures Literacy in UNESCO and Executive Board member of the WFSF organized the Summit. The WFSF was very active in the UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit 2020 and organized several exciting events. You can access on this page the content presented in the WFSF Virtual Booth at this Summit as well as the video recordings of the presentations. In 2023 WFSF Turns 50 Program Guide We Are WFSF Partnership & Research Academia Publications Recorded Videos Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these presentations are those of speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Federation.  Maya Van Leemput: Applied Futures Research for professional Bachelors at Erasmus University of Applied Sciences and the Arts Brussel You can watch the video of the presentation here.   Christopher Bisson with Erik Øverland, Caroline Codsi, ICD.D. and Bertrand Badré: A Roadmap for Sustainable Governance (Panel discussion) You can watch the video of the presentation here.   Jennifer Gidley, PhD: The WFSF and Futures Literacy You can watch the video of the presentation here.   Dana Klisanin, PhD: Transforming …

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WFSF-PMU Research Fund

The WFSF and PMU Agreement was signed in 2019 for a 5-year collaboration, as well as establishing a chapter and research funds per agreement. PMU has developed and operates the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Chapter of WFSF.   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) announced FIRST FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL on February 12, 2020. The objective of this grant was to encourage more researchers to explore and research in disciplines related to energy, sustainability, education, youth empowerment, environment, climate change, and artificial intelligence. PMFCFS received more than 100 proposals from multiple countries such as Australia, Brazil, United States, Finland, France, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.   Also see WFSF President Dr. Erik F. Øverland opens the new Centre for Futuristic Studies (Futures Studies) at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Accreditation Services

The World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization, operating under international law. It was founded in 1973 to promote the development of futures studies as an academic discipline. Beyond offering membership to individuals and institutions over the years, the Executive Board of the Federation has considered how foresight programmes in higher education might be further strengthened through an external quality assurance process. Currently no entity exists at the tertiary level to recognize, evaluate and accredit foresight education programmes. Given the history and reputation of the Federation and being a peak body in futures research, the WFSF offers the accreditation of foresight education programmes assuring their quality. In 2018 the Federation established a set of standards and guidelines for quality assurance in higher education. These accreditation standards deal with the Mission, Faculty, Curriculum, Instruction, Students, and Resources that undergird foresight degrees offered by universities, colleges and schools. Those universities offering programmes which meet the minimum standards outlined by the Board are afforded recognition by the WFSF as offering an Accredited Foresight Program. Academic Mission of the Federation The Federation exists to support and encourage high quality, innovative, foresight education throughout the world. It encourages and supports the development, advancement and dissemination of futures research and foresight education. It provides standards for peer review of foresight education programmes and recognizes high quality programmes through specialized accreditation. Accreditation Philosophy The Federation was guided in its development of its accreditation process and standards by a philosophy of quality assurance …

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Books in Chinese

Chinese Language Futures Books China Society for Futures Studies has a book shelf (click here)

Books in Arabic

Arabic Language Futures Books الدراسات المستقبلية في مصر : اإلطار، األمثلة، الرؤى / إدجار جول المستقبل : مقدمةٌ وجيزة / جينيفر م. غيدلي تحويل المستقبل التوقع في القرن الحادي والعشرين / ریل میلر

Interview WFSF Junior

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PRESS RELEASE Antalya , Turkey, 13 January 2020.   The World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) , founded in 1973, is the leading international scholarly body of futures studies and also an official consultative partner of the UNESCO. In 2019 the WFSF Executive Board initiated a new category of membership dedicated to the younger generation called the WFSF Junior. School age children can apply to join the WFSF provided that at least one of their parents or legal custodians are already individual, either Full or Associate, members of the WFSF. In this short interview, Director of the WFSF, Victor V. Motti, asks a number of questions from one of the members of the WFSF Junior whose name is Arsam MATIN born in 2008 in Iran. Another interview with Arsam was published in the September 2019 issue of the WFSF Human Futures Magazine, pages 60-63. He tells now us what are the goals that he wants to achieve in 2020: introducing and spreading Gen Z Futurists Movement and Platorm to the world. 1- Why and how you decided to join the WFSF? I decided to join the WFSF because Dana MARDUK, a WFSF member and my stepfather, taught me a lot about the future of life and technology and I liked the topics a lot. He introduced you and the WFSF to me and I wanted to learn more about futures studies to build an amazing future for all children around the world. I would also like to teach other kids to …

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PMU visit

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PRESS RELEASE 7 November 2019, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia On behalf of the WFSF, President Dr. Erik F. Øverland opens the new Centre for Futuristic Studies (Futures Studies) at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. In addition he gave a guest lecture, took part in a Round Table and met the Principal, Dr. Issa H. Al Ansari, the Vice Rector, Dr. Faisal Yousif Alanezi and other prominent leaders of the University. In September the WFSF signed an agreement with the PMU and these were some of the following up activities according to the agreement. “This is both an important and interesting collaboration,” says Dr. Øverland, and continues -“the agreement is also aimed at establishing a research fund, which could contribute to the members in a very positive way”. News coverage on Saudi TV. Watch here.

Books in French

  French Language Futures Books   BARBIERI MASINI Eleonora, Penser le futur. L’essentiel de la prospective et de ses méthodes. Paris : Dunod, 2000, 172 pages. Préface et traduction augmentée par Fabienne GOUX-BAUDIMENT. GAUDIN Thierry, La Prospective, Paris: PUF, Que Sais-Je n°3737, 126 pages, 2005 Gaudin, Thierry. 2100, Odyssée de l’Espèce. Paris: Editions Payot & Rivages, 1993. GOUX-BAUDIMENT Fabienne, SOULET Ghislaine, DE COURSON Jacques, Quiz pour conduire un exercice de prospective territoriale, Lyon : CERTU, 2008, 132 pages. · GOUX-BAUDIMENT Fabienne, PARRAD Frédérique, Quand les villes pensent leurs futurs, Paris: Ministère de l’Equipement, coll. 2001 Plus n°64, 2004, 81 pages GOUX-BAUDIMENT Fabienne,  Une nouvelle étape du développement de la prospective : la prospective opérationnelle, Rome : Universita Gregoriana, [2002] 2008, 610 pages GOUX-BAUDIMENT Fabienne, Quand les territoires pensent leurs futurs. La Tour-d’Aigues : Editions de l’Aube, avril 2001, 170 pages GOUX-BAUDIMENT Fabienne,  Manuale di « prospective » territoriale. Bologna (Italie) : éd. Scienter, juin 2000, 128 pages (italian) GOUX-BAUDIMENT Fabienne,  Donner du futur aux territoires. Guide de prospective territoriale à l’usage des acteurs locaux. Lyon : CERTU, octobre 2000, 276 pages

Books in Norwegian

  Norwegian Language Futures Books   Jan Erik Karlsen og Erik F. Øverland  (2010) Carpe futurum! Kunsten å forberede seg på fremtiden, Heftet    

Eleonora Barbieri Masini

Eleonora Barbieri Masini has led a fascinating life and has greatly contributed to Futures Studies and futures scholars. Dr. Eleonora Barbieri Masini has been “in the right place at the right time” in the creation and development of futures studies. She is a deeply ethical and human person, whose honest and tenacious attitude facilitated international institutions (in particular the World Futures Studies Federation), opening the way to intercultural studies, futures studies and human ecology. A tireless traveler and personal friend of the leading futures researchers from around the world, Eleonora has had great influence on the training of futures researchers in various regions of the world.   Dr. Masini is positive, studious, respectful of differences, conciliatory, and a builder of alternative futures — she has been the soul of futures studies. Eleonora has made a significant contribution to this field. Facing the mainstream of futures studies in the 1970s, which favored a techno-economic approach, Eleonora emphasized aspects such as human and social foresight. Her work focused on the visions of the future; the development of capacities and values that emerge when addressing qualitative, human and social issues; challenged futures studies to rethink and highlight the role of women, family, ethics, culture, equity and the environment. Eleonora’s purpose has been to recognize the many visions of diverse futures: giving voice to those who do not conventionally participate in futures initiatives  (women and children). She sought interconnection and dialogue through resolving conflicts and creating spaces of harmony.  For all the above reasons, …

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Podcast & Newsletters


Podcasts   FuturePod gathers voices from the international field of Futures and Foresight. Launched on 18 December 2018 by the WFSF Full member, Peter HAYWARD and his colleagues, they are bringing this podcast series to the world. With an initial focus on Melbourne-based practitioners, they gradually expanded their use of computer-based recording technology to allow a global reach for the interviews. This greatly increased the range for potential interviewees and also their interested audience.Through a series of podcast interviews, the founders of the field and emerging leaders share their stories, tools and experiences. Futures Intelligent Leadership Flowcast: Delivering Innovative Wisdom for Future-Ready Leaders. The future, just like leadership, is a dialogue. Due to increased uncertainty, complexity and exponential changes, the more dialogues you have as a leader the more wisdom you gather to prepare you for the future. Diversity of dialogues increase the opportunity for innovation to solve future problems before they arise. In this flowcast host Tyler Mongan, President of Haku global and member of the WFSF, facilitates two diverse experts in a dialogue about what it means to be a future intelligent leader. Deep insights emerge, new ways of thinking and being are revealed, and practical actions are explored to expand the wisdom or future-ready leaders. Free Newslettetrs Some of the active futurists regularly publish public newsletters that are FREE to subscribe. You can also access their archives online. UN DESA Voice is an insider’s look at the United Nations in the area of economic, social and sustainable development …

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Books in German

German Language Futures Books Bergheim, Stefan (2020): Zukünfte – Offen für Vielfalt. Frankfurt: ZGF Verlag. Maahs, Ina-Maria (2019): Utopie und Politik. Potenziale kreativer Politikgestaltung. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag Colombo, Silvia; Göll, Edgar; Soler i Lecha, Eduard (2019): Imagining Future(s) for the Middle East and North Africa. MENARA Final Reports No. 2. Download: https://www.iai.it/sites/default/files/menara_fr_2.pdf Radkau, Joachim (2017): Geschichte der Zukunft. Prognosen, Visionen, Irrungen in Deutschland von 1945 bis heute. München: Carl Hanser Verlag Amberger, Alexander; Möbius, Thomas (Hrsg.) (2017): Auf Utopias Suren. Utopie und Utopieforschung. Heidelberg: Springer VS Seefried, Elke (2015): Zukünfte. Aufstieg und Krise der Zukunftsforschung 1945-1980. Berlin: de Gruyter Oldenbourg Gerhold, Lars et al. (Hrsg.) (2017): Standards und Gütekriterien der Zukunftsforschung. Ein Pocketguide für Praktiker und Studierende. Berlin: Freie Universität. Download: http://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000027224 Popp, Reinhold; Nele Fischer; Maria Heiskanen-Schüttler; Jana Holz; André Uhl (Hrsg.) (2016): Einblicke, Ausblicke, Weitblicke – Aktuelle Perspektiven in der Zukunftsforschung. Berlin et al.: LIT Verlag Gerhold, Lars et al. (Hrsg.) (2015): Standards und Gütekriterien der Zukunftsforschung. Ein Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Praxis. Wiesbaden: Springer VS (Band 4 Zukunft und Forschung), Behrendt, Siegfried; Scharp, Michael; Zieschank, Roland; van Nouhuys, Jan (2015): Horizon Scanning und Trendmonitoring als ein Instrument in der Umweltpolitik zur strategischen Früherkennung und effizienten Politikberatung. Konzeptstudie. Hg. v. Umweltbundesamt. Dessau Popp, Reinhold; Zweck, Axel (Hrsg.) (2013): Zukunftsforschung im Praxistest. Wiesbaden: Springer VS Haderlapp, Thomas; Trattnigg, Rita (2013): Zukunftsfähigkeit ist eine Frage der Kultur. Hemmnisse, Widersprüche und Gelingensfaktoren des kulturellen Wandels. München: oekom Verlag Göll, Edgar (2012): Future Studies and Research in Egypt – Overview, Examples, Perspectives. …

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Deceased members

AZAM, Ikram, Pakistan BELL, Wendell, USA BESTUZHEV- LADA, Igor, Russia ELMANDJRA, Mahdi, Mororcco GHABBOUR, Samir, Egypt JARVA, Vuokko, Finland KALAS KOSZEGI, Maria, Hungary LACROIX, Dominique, France MALASKA, Pentti, Finland MANNERMAA, Mika, Finland METTLER, Peter H., Germany RHISIART, Martin, UK RUBIN, Anita, Finland STEVENSON, Tony, Australia TAUB Lawrence, Israel TRATTNER Egon, Israel TUNALI Sevinç, Turkey


Thomas Lombardo, PhD, USA

Thomas Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness, the Director of The Wisdom Page, the Managing Editor of the online journal Wisdom and the Future, and Professor Emeritus and retired Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and the Future at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona.

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