1. Symbolic Globe UNESCO Erik ReitzelWFSF-UNESCO – PARTNERS SINCE 1974
“WFSF represents one of the most extensive and long-established international future studies networks. UNESCO maintains close and regular relations with it and has on many occasions supported its activities, both intellectually and financially.”
- UNESCO Website

Cooperation between WFSF and UNESCO has taken many forms, including:
• UNESCO financed participants from developing countries to attend WFSF events until 1990;
• Introductory Courses in Futures Studies in the Asia Pacific Region (early 1990s), Budapest (1999-2005); Egypt, DR Congo & Malaysia (2013-14).
• WFSF Members participate in UNESCO International Expert Meetings.
• WFSF contributes to written consultations by UNESCO.

Joint WFSF-UNESCO publications include: The Futures of Culture Series (1990-1993) coordinated and edited by Professor Eleonora B. Masini, WFSF President (1981-1990):
Futures of Culture Volume 1, Eleonora B. Masini [Working Group on the Futures of Culture, Paris, January 1990]
Futures of Culture Volume 2: Eleonora B. Masini [The Prospects for Africa and Latin America, 1992]
Futures of Asian Cultures Volume 3: Eleonora B. Masini & Yogesh Atal [Futures of Asian Cultures, 1993]

The Foresight Section of UNESCO, currently led by WFSF Fellow & former Executive Board Member, Riel Miller, organises a diversified range of events at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and elsewhere as a contribution to global debates on some of the key challenges of our time:
• The UNESCO Future Forum series brings together leading scientists, intellectuals, artists and decision-makers from all parts of the world in a spirit of forward-looking interdisciplinary inquiry.
• The UNESCO Future Lectures cycle offers world-renowned personalities to share their views with an audience including representatives of the Member States, the Secretariat, intellectual and scientific communities, the media and the public at large.
• The UNESCO Future Seminars gather high-level experts on select strategic and technical issues.


Since 1975 WFSF has offered courses to young people around the work introducing them to the concepts and methods of the futures studies field. WFSF Futures Courses have been held in Dubrovnic, Romania, USA, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Egypt and DR Congo

The WFSF Executive Board consists of eleven members: the President who is elected for a four-year term and oversees the organization; the Director who is appointed by the Executive Board and manages the Secretariat; and nine Executive Board members elected for a four-year term. The current Executive Board consists of the following individuals.

WFSF is a UNESCO and UN consultative partner and global NGO with members in over 60 countries. We bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, students and futures-focused institutions. WFSF offers a forum for stimulation, exploration and exchange of ideas, visions, and plans for alternative futures, through long-term, big-picture thinking and radical change.

WFSF is a non-profit global NGO governed by a President and Executive Board. We are independent, non-commercial and lead the way in futures research & scholarship.

Founded in Paris in 1973, WFSF is a global network of leading futurists. WFSF membership is transdisciplinary and very diverse. WFSF welcomes scholars, teachers, researchers, foresight practitioners, policy analysts, activists, students and others with a long-range view. Members include women, men and young people from all corners of the globe.

We collaborate with dozens of futures-focused organisations all over the world and invite applications for institutional membership from suitably qualified organisations.

WFSF has a long-standing commitment to truly global futures, meaning openness to creating alternative futures that embrace cultural diversity and individual difference.

WFSF is dedicated to stimulating awareness of the urgent need for long-term thinking in government, policy, civil and educational institutions, to resolve complex local, national, regional and global problems.

To find out more about WFSF you can browse the various sections of our website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and links to Answers:

o Who founded the WFSF and when?

o Who is the current Leadership Team?

o Can anyone become a WFSF Member? How do I join?

o Who were the former Presidents and Secretaries-General?

o Where have previous WFSF Conferences been held?

o Are there any WFSF Conferences coming up that I can attend?

o How do I learn more about futures studies?

o What does our partnership with UNESCO mean?

What does our partnership with the UN-ECOSOC mean?

o What books are recommended for finding out the basics about futures studies?

o How can I get involved?