Through our various, member-supported publications, the World Future Society strives to encourage thinkers, political personalities, scientists, and lay-people to share in an informed, serious dialogue on what the future will be like.
These publications include:
THE FUTURIST is a bimonthly magazine published continuously since 1967 by the World Future Society and is a principal benefit of membership. We are also available on newsstands coast to coast in the United States. The focus of THE FUTURIST is innovation, creative thinking, and emerging trends in the social, economic, and technological areas.
Among the many influential futurists and experts who have contributed
to THE FUTURIST are: Gene Roddenberry, Al Gore, Newt Gingrich, Alvin and Heidi Toffler, Buckminster Fuller, Frederik Pohl, Isaac Asimov, Vaclav Havel, Margaret Mead, Robert McNamara, B.F Skinner, Nicholas Negroponte, Arthur C. Clarke, Douglas Rushkoff, David Walker, Glenn T. Seaborg, Clay Shirky, and Robert James Woolsey.
THE FUTURIST magazine’s print edition continues to be the world's most popular publication about the future. THE FUTURIST recently featured the writing of inventor Ray Kurzweil, management experts Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, technology "maverick" Kevin Kelly, marketing guru Seth Godin, nature writer Richard Louv, futurist Paul Saffo, science fiction authors David Brin and Brenda Cooper, Internet-freedom scholar Evgeny Morozov, environmentalist and MacAuthur Fellow Lester Brown, nanotechnology pioneer K. Eric Drexler and roboticist and TED fellow Rodney Brooks among many other thought leaders.
THE FUTURIST has been nominated for an Utne Independent Press Award for Best Science and Technology Coverage.
Futures research encompasses both an evolving philosophy and a range of techniques. Its primary objective is to assist decision makers in understanding the potential consequences of present and future decisions by developing images of alternative futures. It has strong historical origins in sociology, political science, and other social sciences. As well, corporate and institutional planning, strategic and long-range planning, and national security are all part of the heritage of futures studies. Successful futures research is informed by work in established academic disciplines as well as cross-disciplinary fields, such as technology assessment, policy analysis, operations research, issues management, competition research, and many more.
World Future Review is a refereed journal. A prestigious international Editorial Review Board has been established to perform anonymous review of articles submitted for publication. WFR seeks to encourage and facilitate communication among researchers and practitioners in all related fields and from all geographic, social, political, and economic sectors. It is also intended to promote public understanding and education in the methods and applications of futures research. The focus of the editors is not only with specific techniques and planning tools, but also with the role of futures research in the larger context of decision making in a range of settings.
In addition to full-length articles and abstracts of the most important new foresight relevant literature, World Future Review will publish interviews of leading futures practitioners, full reviews of critical publications, reader reactions to articles, notes from Editorial Board members, and relevant topical items. Because it is sometimes not possible to present all viewpoints within the confines of a single WFR issue, we rely upon our readers to provide the necessary balance through their responses to material they might perceive as controversial or one-sided. In addition, the editors will seek to encourage as much cross-dialogue as possible among schools of thought within each issue.
In brief, it is our intent that this journal shall provide a forum for all who are professionally involved with the theory, methodology, practice, and use of futures research.
World Future Review (ISSN 1946-7567) is published bimonthly by the World Future Society. It is included with Professional and Institutional Membership in the Society and is available by subscription to libraries and other institutions at $330 per year. The dues for Professional Membership are $295 ($195 for individuals affiliated with educational or nonprofit organizations).
Futurist Update is an e-mail newsletter published monthly as a supplement to THE FUTURIST magazine.
Recent editions of Futurist Update have covered a wide range of fascinating stories, including:
- Building better embassies to meet the changing technological and security needs of diplomats serving critical remote areas.
- Tracking supplies of strategic minerals such as copper, silicon, and gallium, vital to communications, computers, and military.
- Assessing progress — or our lack of it — in conquering global hunger.
- Why the digital generation may be losing its heritage as they are "chatting" more but reading less; playing more, but researching and learning less than preceding generations.
Other regular features in Futurist Update keep you connected with our field (News from the Futurist Community) and with a wide variety of useful resources available online (Click of the Month).
Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, and the end of the Cold War. You can peruse more than 250 forecasts from previous editions of Outlook from 2006-2010 at your leisure. Here are the editors' top 10 forecasts from Outlook 2011 and more than 250 forecasts from Outlooks past.