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Unexpected Consequence of More Opportunities

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America appears to have reached the Singles' Singularity—and one of the reasons may be the proliferation of dating sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50.2% of the adult U.S. population are unmarried, up from 22% in 1950.

Top 10 Reasons to Watch Trends

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About a dozen years ago, we asked members of the World Future Society what they thought was the most valuable return for investing in the serious study of trends. We included a summary of their responses in our special report, The Future: An Owner's Manual (September-October 2002, adapted from March-April 2002 FUTURIST). The reasons are still apt today:

Of Time Machines and Foresight Garages: About the September-October FUTURIST

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One of the most frequently asked questions here at the World Future Society is How do I become a futurist? The first step, of course, is to be interested, but the second, as with any profession, is to learn the required skills. So the next question is Where?

A Visionary and His Vision: Edward Cornish Retires

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Edward Cornish has served as the World Future Society’s lead visionary, founder, first President (1966-2004), and Editor of THE FUTURIST magazine (1967-2010). Since stepping away from daily editorial management, he has remained on the WFS Board and has been our Futurist in Residence, contributing book reviews and essays on “Futurists and Their Ideas.” And he’s come to the office faithfully every day.

What Kind of Futurist Conference-Goer Are You?

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We've all seen those personality quizzes on BuzzFeed and places like that (What kind of gemstone are you? Which Disney princess?). They're fun, but obviously don't tell much about you or how to improve yourself.

Toward a More Persuasive Future

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Our friends over at BBC's Future blog posted an interesting piece by Tom Stafford this morning on How to Win an Argument. Not that I like arguments (and I always have said that the fastest way to end one is to stop talking), but the research findings that are reported in the story have a great lesson for futurists.

The Technologies of Well-Being: About the May-June FUTURIST

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Though some may argue that we rely too heavily on technofixes for all our problems, a variety of technological developments are in fact improving medicine and therapeutics, our health and overall physical well-being, and even our sex lives. But the authors in this issue suggest that one of the most important “breakthroughs” in medicine may be better communications and stronger partnerships between doctors and patients.

About the March-April 2014 FUTURIST

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Learning from Our Mistakes

Things don’t always work out as we hope or plan. Take the Information Revolution, for example. When the Internet was rolled out, that Information Superhighway was supposed to open a global supermarket where everyone could sell more stuff to everyone else. We would all become more knowledgeable, thanks to free, open Web-based encyclopedias and resources, and we could all become famous authors without hassling with picky editors and publishers.

Editor’s Call for Essays: Futures Education

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If you have taught, administered, or participated in a futuring course or program, THE FUTURIST magazine would like to hear from you! For its September-October 2014 issue, THE FUTURIST will compile articles, essays, and resources on the teaching and learning of futurism.

About the January-February 2014 FUTURIST

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Best Predictions of the Year (and the Worst)

In the last issue of THE FUTURIST, the annual Outlook report offered a roundup of the year’s best forecasts appearing in our magazine. In this issue, we see what nonfuturists had to say about the future during 2013.

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