Deadline Extended: Submit Your Conference Course Proposal for WorldFuture 2013

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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 by submitting your speaker proposal for WorldFuture 2013. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the deadline has been extended to the end of the day, November 5, 2012.

Below are the broad areas on which we’ll focus for the 2013 event. Session proposals need not be limited to this list, however, and we will provide an opportunity for individuals to suggest their own topics for inclusion.

  • Commerce (including economics, business, careers, the workplace, finance, trade, monetary policy, management entrepreneurship, investment, commodities, etc.)
  • Earth (including resources, environment, energy, food, water, species, habitats, cities, ecosystems, climate, etc.)
  • Humanity (including demographics, society, families, education and learning, health and well-being, aging, youth, culture, arts, values, religion, lifestyles, leisure, etc.)
  • Futuring (including foresight, futures studies, futurists and their ideas, methodologies, creativity, personal futures, strategic planning, scenarios, etc.)
  • Sci/Tech (including science, technology, engineering, R&D, medicine, inventions, exploration, etc.)
  • Governance (including world affairs, politics, laws, public policy, communities, globalism, security, war, peace, terrorism, crime, justice, etc.)

22nd Century Lectures
In addition to concurrent sessions, keynote and plenary addresses, workshops, and other conference programming, we will feature special “22nd Century Lectures” focusing on each of the above broad areas.


Poster Sessions
WorldFuture 2013 will introduce poster sessions. Presenters will have an opportunity to share research studies, a practical problem-solving effort, or an innovative idea with colleagues. Poster presentations provide other conference participants to quickly and easily become acquainted with your topic. An effective poster presentation highlights the main points or components of your topic. This is an informal opportunity for networking and exchanging innovative ideas. See Guidelines and submit a poster session proposal.

2013 Proposal Guidelines
Thank you for your interest and time in suggesting a session for WorldFuture 2013! We are excited to review your proposal.

The proposal selection process at WFS is very competitive. Each year, WFS receives more than 3 times the number of proposals as space is available. We want to help you be successful in your proposal, so please follow the guidelines below closely. First consideration is given to proposals that follow all the guidelines listed.

What We are Looking For
Session proposals for WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon. We are looking to provide attendees with practical ideas and solutions to the problems the future presents to them.

  • 1. Entrants are REQUIRED to submit their proposal electronically via submission form posted on WFS Web site.
  • 2. To be fair, everyone must submit a proposal via this process.
  • 3. The submission deadline of October 31, 2012 is firm. [NOTE: Deadline extended to November 5 due to Hurricane Sandy] Late submissions and incomplete submissions will be given last priority in the selection process.
  • 4. To respond to unfolding world events, there will be a second call for one or two TIMELY world event sessions in the weeks prior to the opening of the conference. If you are not already selected to present for the conference, you are invited to submit a new idea based on these criteria.
  • 5. To keep the program fresh and exciting, all programming is considered anew each year. It is unlikely that we will accept a repeat session, theme, or format from a previous year unless you can present a clear case for repeating the program.
  • 6. Word Limits: Due to space constraints, we ask that you carefully adhere to word limits for your session description, session title, and personal biography. Proposals that fall outside of word limit requirements will be given LAST priority. Word limits are as follows:
  • Session Proposal – 150 words
    Session Title – 7 words
    Speaker bio – 15 words

  • 7. You may submit up to three session proposals for the conference.
  • 8. Each speaker can only present one solo presentation and serve as a panel member for another, for a MAXIMUM of two conference presentations.
  • 9. Speakers receive a reduced registration rate of $395 if you register by April 30, 2013, after that date the speaker registration will be $445. Because all costs for the conference are based on full registration at the conference hotel, we ask that you register at the Hilton Chicago in order to receive this registration rate. A second registration fee of $445 is available to speakers who wish to stay outside of the conference hotel. (An exception to this guideline is for speakers who live within 40 miles of the conference hotel.)
  • 10. Individual speaker sessions will be 60 minutes. Panel discussions will be 90 minutes. Each panel can have a MAXIMUM of three participants plus a moderator. Submit a Proposal