Many of you may be aware that I am coming up on a decade of service as the CEO of the World Future Society. For family reasons, I find that this is a fitting point at which to step down and offer the opportunity to others. We have seen an influx of new faces on the WFS Board of Directors and the Global Advisory Council over the past few years, and it seems appropriate that it be matched by change at the senior staff level. My family and I will be moving to Washington State, where we are building a home on an island in the middle of Puget Sound.
The last ten years have been very exciting ones for me, and the Society has seen a lot of positive change. My incoming pledges were to enhance the international nature of the organization, expand the definition of a “futurist” to anyone in any field who is looking ahead, and to expand our programs for and participation by the next generation of futurists. It is my firm belief that great progress has been made in these and other arenas, but much more still needs to be done. Please support the WFS Board of Directors in their search for and selection of the new CEO and welcome her or him in the same generous manner that you welcomed me just ten years ago.
The WFS Board has formed a search committee. Would you like to apply? Or do you know someone you think would be a great candidate? You can find the job description, the committee's philosophy, and background information on the Society at www.wfs.org/are-you-next-ceo-world-future-society.
I expect to stay through the 2014 annual conference in Orlando, Florida. I hope you'll join me there to welcome the third president of the World Future Society. For details, visit www.wfs.org/worldfuture-2014-what-if.
Through my years with the Society I've found it was the dedication and enthusiasm of futurists around the world who made it work. Your thoughts are alway welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.
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