Eleonora Barbieri Masini

Dr. Eleonora Barbieri Masini led a fascinating life and greatly contributed to Futures Studies and futures scholars. She passed away June 28th, 2022. She was 93, born in Los Amates (Guatemala), on November 19, 1928. Dr. Eleonora Barbieri Masini was “in the right place at the right time” in the creation and development of futures studies. She was 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 had great influence on the training of futures researchers in various regions of the world. Dr. Masini was positive, studious, respectful of differences, conciliatory, and a builder of alternative futures — she was the soul of futures studies. Eleonora 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 was 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 …

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Podcasts & 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. Welcome to the Foresight Institute’s podcast! Since 1986, Foresight has been advancing technologies for the long-term benefit of life and the biosphere. We focus on three areas: molecular machine nanotechnology for building better things, biotechnology for health extension, and computer science and …

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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 BARBIERI MASINI, Eleonora, Italy BELL, Wendell, USA BESTUZHEV- LADA, Igor, Russia ELMANDJRA, Mahdi, Mororcco GHABBOUR, Samir, Egypt Henderson, Hazel, USA JARVA, Vuokko, Finland KALAS KOSZEGI, Maria, Hungary KAPPETER, István, 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

22nd WFSF World Conference: June 7-10, 2017


HUMANKIND 2050: Peace * Development * Environment Jondal, Norway The World Futures Studies Federation invites you to the 22nd WFSF World Conference in 2017 in Jondal, Hardanger, Norway (Airport Bergen). As WFSF President, Dr Jennifer Gidley says: “There has never been a time more important to focus on the futures of humankind than right now, when our very survival is at stake.” Why Norway? In 1967 Robert Jungk, Johan Galtung and friends held the Mankind 2000 Meeting in Oslo, Norway. One of the outcomes was the founding of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) in Paris, 1973. WFSF is a UNESCO and UN ECOSOC Consultative Partner with members in 60 countries. At the 21st WFSF conference in 2013 we decided to celebrate 50 years since Oslo 1967 with the theme: Humankind 2050. The 2017 Conference will be hosted by Hardanger Academy for Peace Development Environment. Jondal is near the magnificent Hardanger Fjord. WFSF and Hardanger Academy invite everyone committed to carrying our human history into wiser futures in economic, educational, political, scientific and socio-cultural areas; from global, national and local perspectives. Individuals and organisations working in future studies and related themes are all welcome. For a discussion paper to provoke thinking prior to the conference follow this link. When? June 7-9 Conference June 10 General Assembly & (Optional) Post-Conference Activities Where? The conference site is the Hardanger Academy, Jondal. It has accommodation (bed and meals) for 80 on a first come, first serve basis – but Jondal has more facilities within walking …

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LEALA 2012-2103

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With the support of the UNESCO PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME 2012-2013 The WFSF is setting up online learning infrastructures and procedures to run three pilot courses that will twine local face-to-face education with online learning of futures studies and foresight. Pilot courses take place in three separate locations: Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; Cairo, Egypt, Penang, Malaysia. The project is directed to a diverse global audience, focusing especially on the needs of Africa, youth and developing countries. It will enable 60-90 young adults to become advocates of foresight with potential to influence others within their local communities. LEALA is also intended to increase the ability of WFSF community members to offer glocal courses. The project pays specific attention to the challenges of including in developing regions. The three pilot courses and locations are very diverse and this makes them suitable pilots for the novel educational program being attempted. Pilot coordinators develop and define the local programme according to local needs and can to this end use the instruments offered in the context of LEALA. The main aim is to develop new approaches to providing tailored futures education in a variety of circumstances and environments. The project offers concrete experiment and experience and insight into the challenges of blended learning and of learning foresight. These may be expected to be usefull in evidence-based policy dialogues. LEALA interprets futures understanding and practice as essential life skills and works on access to education for acquiring these skills (in line with UNESCO’s Education for All goals …

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LEALA 2014-2015

With the support of the UNESCO PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME 2014-2015 WFSF received support under UNESCO Participation Program 2014-2015 to extend our World Futures Learning Lab into a second stage. The projects for the second stage included projects in Mexico, Haiti and the Philippines. A second stage was also developed for the DR Congo Project. The 2014-2015 Pilot Programmes – Haiti The Haiti project was developed by Patrick Corsi who is a designer of innovation strategies with in-depth experience with innovation in the Caribbean. From 2000 untill 2012 he was Associate Professor ISTIA Innovation at the Institut Des Sciences et des Techniques de l’Ingénieur (ISTIA), d’Angers France. Corsi proposes an active educational activity in Haïti, among the world’s poorest countries, stricken by natural disaster with the earthquakes of 2010. This course introduced foresight/futures studies methods with approaches and materials adapted to connect into regional realities and intensive design-practice based workshops using concrete cases of local interest and value.The Haiti workshop addressed a clearly pre-defined and specific subject area: distance learning for university education in Haiti. All of the activities, exercises, discussions and activities were geared at formulating proposals for projects, designs and breakthroughs in this area. The design-based approach of the workshop comes from CK theory (Corsi) and relies on clearly outlined phases and steps to build innovative ideas/designs/proposals for things that matter. For full details and the final report please follow this link. Mexico The Mexican activity was developed by WFSF Executive Board member & WFSF Vice-President for the Iberam Region, …

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Turku Pre-Conference 10 June 2015

Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems. Pre-Conference Seminar – The 1st International Eleonora Barbieri Masini Seminar – Women and Futures This information is for our International pre-conference participants. Book your international travel to arrive and depart at Stockholm. Travel arrangements from Stockholm to Turku, and return, are booked and paid for with the Pre-Conference registration and fees. Registration for this event must be made on a separate form no later than 15 April 2015. Follow this link to register here. Payment must be made in Euros, directly to WFSF, using the “Donation” button not later than 3 May 2015 You will need a valid passport (or ID card if you are a Nordic citizen) to board the ship. Pre-Conference participants from Finnland must make their own travel reservation directly with Viking Lines. Tuesday 9 June 2015 – Overnight Stockholm • You will need a place to stay in Stockholm the night prior to the Pre-conference as we must be at the ferry terminal by 07:15 on the morning of departure. • Payments and bookings for your overnight stay in Stockholm are to be made by you, directly with the hotel. • Accommodation costs will depend upon the standard you require. • Book as soon as possible and find something central. M/S Grace departs from Stadsgården, which is very close to the city centre. • Make sure there is an underground station or bus stop near your accommodation for getting to M/S Grace terminal – Stadsgården. The closest underground station to the …

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Donations and Payments

Thank you for your Donation to WFSF. Dear WFSF Members and Friends, Your donation is very much appreciated. To pay by credit or debit card or through a PayPal account please click the Donate button below. Be sure to identify the payment with your name. To pay by wire transfer, use the following bank account details: Bank name: Den Danske Bank Bank account : WFSF – Main Account IBAN number – NO5984502011765 Account number – 8450.20.11765 Bank Identifier (SWIFT) code – DABANO22 Bank Address: Bryggetorget 4 N-0250 Oslo Norway To pay by cheque please make your cheque favouring “World Futures Studies Federation WFSF.” and post to: Dr. Erik F. Øverland, WFSF c/o Glaneren 2 N-1458 Fjellstrand Norway Cheque payments are preferred in NOK to avoid heavy currency conversion and bank charges.

Apply for WFSF Membership

WFSF offers several categories of membership including Individual (Full, Associate or Student) and Institutional Membership. Members are required to pay an annual membership fee. (SEE BELOW). When you complete our online form and pay the allocated fees, our Director will then check your application with our Executive Board to make a final determination on the approval of membership level. If any adjustment needs to be made we will let you know. Types of WFSF Membership Individual Members (Full, Associate or Student) Full Members Persons active in the field of futures studies for at least two years who support the objectives, functions and activities of the Federation. To be considered please include evidence of experience in futures research, teaching or consulting activities AND endorsements from two current Full Members. Associates Persons who are committed to the purpose and work of the Federation but with insufficient experience in futures studies/research to qualify as Full Members may become Associate Members. The prescribed fee is the same for both and both have the same voting rights and privileges. Students Those with an interest in futures studies and enrolled for full- or part-time study at a University. Please outline your experience or interest in futures activities, duration of the course pursued and provide evidence of current enrolment at an accredited institution of higher education. Institutional Members National and international NGOs, academic bodies such as colleges and universities, government agencies, research institutions, business corporations, etc. active in the fields of futures studies are eligible. Please detail …

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