Claire Nelson, PhD, USA

Dr. Claire Nelson is Chief Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum, a research and education practice specializing in bringing the power of strategic foresight, and the discipline of sustainability engineering to challenges facing organizations and communities. She was recently named on Forbes as one of the top 50 female futurists in the world.

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Rosa Alegria, Brazil

A professional futurist for 20 years and a pioneer in strategic foresight in Brazil, Rosa has a systemic vision of what innovation is.  Futures research & planning consultant,  international speaker, she is among the most recognized futurist women in Latin America

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KIPA Public Policy Review Vol. 1

01 Inclusive Governance in the Era of COVID-19: A Search for Community

02 Designing New Forms of Governance

03 Quality of Government (QoG) as Impartiality: Review of the literature on the causes and consequences of QoG

04 The Future of Policy Tools: Promises and Pitfalls

05 Measuring the Inclusiveness of Modern States: What We Have and How We Can Improve

06 Government Innovation and State/Social Resilience Enhancement after Disaster/Crisis: Focusing on Government Innovation Cases in the COVID-19 Response Process

07 Exploring the influential factors of citizen satisfaction with smart city services: A resource-based theory perspective

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XXIV WFSF World Conference

24 April 2021 Update: WFSF President appoints Mr. Derek Woodgate, WFSF Full member, as the Chair of the Organizational Planning Committee 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.  The conference will have both calls for papers and research-paper presentations and more experimental sessions, like Open Space Workshops. We already have distinguished partners. The main partners will be the PMU, the APF, The Network of German future researchers (Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung NZF) in Germany and UNESCO. In addition IZT (Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment) in Germany and possibly other local and regional institutions could be recruited as additional partners. We are also now in a negotiating process with the Berlin House of Futures, The Futurium Home | Futurium . The Futurium is an impressive undertaking funded by the German Government for Education and Research and is a kind of Museum of the Futures and Futures Lab. We are preparing the conference website on the domain  (not live yet, will be published as soon as possible). 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

25 April 2021 Update:

We are happy to inform you that we decided to extend the deadline for our second Futures Research grant until May 29th, 2021

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) announce the continuation of its futures research grant for the year 2021. The objective of this grant is to encourage researchers to explore and research in disciplines underpinned by futures studies (Useful to know: What is Futures Studies?). This year’s futures research grant is meant to help researchers investigate the way that change and future-oriented actions are taught, especially in an intergenerational learning setting.


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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) The Millennium Project State of the Future Reports in Chinese (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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