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History of the World Future Society


Our Founder’s Story

Read Edward Cornish’s story about his inspiration to create the World Future Society


Famous Futurists

Read about famous futurists who pioneered the profession with the World Future Society.

Dr. Herman Khan (coming soon)
Buckminster Fuller (coming soon)
Arthur C. Clarke (coming soon)
Alvin Toffler (coming soon)  


Featured Members

Dr. Geza Szathmary possesses every issue of THE FUTURIST that's ever been published! Read his fascinating story about communist Hungarian oppression and his thirst for futuristic knowledge.


 Our History

*** Do you have a pivotal moment or a favorite memory to add to this timeline? Share it with us so we can add to our institutional memory. We’ll be updating this timeline soon. Email us at info@wfs.org.***


The World Future Society was founded in 1966 at a time of great uncertainty. The Cuban Missile Crisis, the production of plutonium and the uncertainties of a society in transition, were at the forefront of one innovator’s mind. Ed Cornish founded The World Future Society to gather brilliant people to tackle the dangerous challenges of the time.


By 1980, while the building blocks of the Internet were being established, over 7,000 people attended the World Future Society Summit in Toronto, including a young Al Gore, and by then, Ed Cornish had been an advisor to three U.S. Presidents.

2016 and Beyond

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