WFS’s professional journal, World Future Review, seeks committed readers—both specialists and generalists—to join us as peer reviewers. Peer reviewers serve as volunteer referees for manuscripts submitted to the journal, so applicants should include a CV explaining their qualifications.
The following are a video and transcript of Lester R. Brown’s remarks upon receiving the World Future Society’s Distinguished Service award from outgoing President Timothy C. Mack, on July 13, 2014.
Futurists: BetaLaunch (or F:BL) serves as a technology petting zoo where engineers, designers and others can present their inventions to the 1,000 futurists expected to gather for the Society’s annual conference. It's been covered by the CBC, CTV One, The Vancouver Sun, The Toronto Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, MacLean's Magazine, Harvard Business Review, MarketWatch, Xinhua News, (the largest news agency in the People's Republic of China), and dozens of other media outlets. This year's Futurists: BetaLaunch showcase will be held in conjunction with WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon, the annual conference of the World Future Society, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, July 19-21, 2013.
In this special report, you’ll discover trends and forecasts that are likely to affect virtually all aspects of your life in the years immediately ahead. You’ll see how you can forecast possible future developments in your own life. Continue on to the special report.
The World Future 2013 Conference course and session proposal deadline has been extended to Monday, Nov. 5th, 11:59 pm due to Hurricane Sandy. Wherever you may be, we hope that you are staying safe during the storm these next few days! Due to predicted power outages and severe weather conditions on the East Coast, we are extending the course and session proposal submission deadline to Monday, Nov 5th, as opposed to the previously scheduled deadline on Wednesday, Oct 31st.
WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon has been chosen as the theme for our next conference. We are seeking new ideas to help us explore the next horizon seriously and methodically, and to transform the way we live, work, and communicate across the world. Let us know how you are contributing to this progress. Submit a proposal to speak at WorldFuture 2013 before October 31st.
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October 2, 2015 - This last week has proven to be tougher than both my wife and I thought. Moving at our age leads to lots of aches and pains. There is only so much that these old bones and muscles can endure before they protest seeking acetaminophen or something stronger to stop the ache.
Money is the primary mechanism for storing and exchanging value, especially in our daily purchases, and it’s heading rapidly into a faster, smarter and more mobile future. Nevertheless, the constant in the midst of change will remain levels of human trust in the proliferating forms of money.
September 23, 2015 - In 2015 437 companies so far have factored carbon emissions in their financial planning.
September 22, 2015 - There are no geopolitical boundaries when it comes to the atmosphere. The molecules of air I exhale right now at some point may find their way to China and back again.
September 21, 2015 - One of the most interesting 21st century phenomenon is the rise of an entirely new type of business built on the infrastructure of the Internet and designed not just to make money but to provide a public benefit as well. In the past public benefit was something delivered by government. Think libraries and hospitals.
September 20, 2015 - Star Trek IV The Voyage Home featured humpback whales and a scene in which Scotty and Dr. McCoy offered a company in San Francisco the secret to transparent aluminum, a material not yet invented at the time. Dr. McCoy questioned whether the disclosure would alter the future.
September 18, 2015 - If the entire Antarctic continent were to melt it would add 58 meters (190 feet) to world sea levels. The real question is how much additional carbon in the atmosphere would be needed for this scenario to play out?
September 16, 2015 - If you think of industries that are insulated from technological progress you might say insurance. And yet there are a number of technological innovations that are altering even this staid group of companies. Some of these technologies are industry bred. But the real disruptions are those that are unforeseen.