WFSF Awards

WFSF Awards have been granted since 1994 to individuals, groups and institutions at the forefront of futures studies and research.

Recent WFSF Awards include:


At the WFSF 22nd World Conference in Jondal Norway, June 2017, three awards were granted:

WFSF Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to:

Professor Johan Galtung: for “outstanding achievement and in acknowledgement of his many contributions to the field of futures studies, peace studies, and to the well being of humankind, and in particular for his significant contribution to the origins of the World Futures Studies Federation.”

Professor Richard Slaughter: for “outstanding achievement and in acknowledgement of his many contributions to the field of futures studies and strategic foresight, and in particular for his significant contribution to the development and consolidation of the knowledge base of futures studies.”

WFSF President’s Outstanding Young Futurist Award presented to:

Professor Seongwon Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) Graduate Program for Future Strategy & Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), South Korea.

The “WFSF President’s Outstanding Young Futurist Award” to be awarded from time to time when a young person shows outstanding achievements in futures studies.

For International Women’s Day 2017: WFSF honoured two outstanding women.

WFSF International Women’s Day Global Award 2017: Presented to Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, an inspiring Maasai woman educator from Kenya.

WFSF President’s Outstanding Woman Futurist 2017: Presented to Dr Dana Klisanin, an innovative psychologist and futurist from New York.

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WFSF Iberoamerican

October 23, 2020 Hosted by: Guillermina Baena, Lucio Henao and Javier Vitale The Regional Vice-Presidency of Latin America of the WFSF organized the Third Gathering with the purpose of discussing and exchanging ideas and concepts on “The postcovid in times of confusion. Demands and needs in Latin America”. The meeting took place on Friday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. (COL., MX., PE.); 3:00 p.m. (BOWL.); 16:00 hs. (CLE., UR., ARG.) By ZOOM. The call invited everyone to attend, as their contribution will be very important and will help build collective agreements for the future of Latin American prospects. Participants from the following countries were present: Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Panama. KEY POINTS Three round tables were held and the main points are summarized in the following reflections: • We have to focus on what happens now to know how we handle the future. • There was general agreement on existing and upcoming mental health problems. A great challenge is mental health due to individual and collective fragmentation, the hunger of the skin, the need for greater promotion of self-care and resilience at all levels. A strong burn out, somatizations and addictions and a greater increase in existing stress are coming. • There are changes in human behavior that lead to individualism and to us becoming more insensitive towards others. The more information, the more loneliness. • The threat of climate change is still in line, there will be a crisis for global warming. • These problems …

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WFSF Elections 2017

The WFSF Executive Board and President may be re-elected to serve for up to two consecutive four-year terms. We are very fortunate that, as with the last Election in 2013, almost half the current Executive Board are willing to serve for a second term if the Members want. This is common practice in high levels of government where Senate elections are often staggered so that only half members are replaced at any Election. While not locked into our Constitution, the desire of eligible Board Members to stand for a second term is a demonstration of their commitment to the Federation, and the cooperation and harmony of Board working relationships. This has the potential to ensure continuity and consolidation of the Federation’s strength and direction, especially with regard to our UNESCO and UN cooperation.

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