Books Published by WFS

Books published by the World Future Society are now available at Please check at the website for the publications below.

Moving from Vision to Action

edited by Cynthia G. Wagner
WFS. 2011. 433 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-930242-68-8.

Practical analysis of our multifaceted global problems and pragmatic strategies for addressing them highlight this volume of essays prepared for WorldFuture 2011. Topics explored range from the “New Enlightenment” to tactics for leveraging collective intelligence.

Strategies and Technologies for a Sustainable Future

edited by Cynthia G. Wagner
WFS. 2010. 480 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-930242-67-1.

Three dozen of the world’s leading “practical visionaries” offer sweeping perspectives and big-picture thinking in this volume of 25 essays prepared for WorldFuture 2010.

Topics explored include new ways to collect intelligence to solve global problems … strategies for improving creativity among futurists … ways that technology can improve both our health and our health-care systems … how conscious machines may one day inspire us with ideas of their own … a profile of what qualities an “anticipatory leader” should have … and much more!

Futuring: The Exploration of the Future

by Edward Cornish.
WFS. 2004. 313 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-61-0.

This comprehensive guide to the study of the future will give you a detailed look at the techniques futurists use, what we can know about the future and what we can’t, and the role that forward-looking people can play in creating a better tomorrow. Used as a textbook for dozens of college courses! More information about Futuring.

Building the Future: A Workbook to Accompany Futuring: The Exploration of the Future

by Jill Loukides and Lawrie Gardner.
Anne Arundel Community College.
Preface by Arthur Shostak.
WFS. 2006. 94 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-62-9.

Futurist educators Loukides and Gardner have developed this thought-inspiring workbook to guide students through the key lessons of Edward Cornish’s text, Futuring.

For each of the text’s 16 chapters — which cover supertrends, the nature of change, futuring methods, uses of scenarios, the origins and rise of futurism, and much more — the workbook queries students on their prior knowledge and learning objectives; provides an outline, summary, and key terms; and prompts learners to evaluate their new knowledge about the future through critical thinking questions, activities, and self-study questions.

Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World

edited by Cynthia G. Wagner.
WFS. 2009. 452 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-930242-66-4.

Three dozen forward-thinking scholars and experts contributed these outstanding essays to provide the “intellectual infrastructure” for the World Future Society’s conference, WorldFuture 2009: Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World.

The conference and its companion volume explore the nature of complexity, how it is altering our world in diverse ways, and how we can deploy the powers of human imagination through creative and innovative thinking to address the complex issues we now face.

Topics covered in these 26 essays include The 10 forces reshaping the American economy…. Innovation in primary health-care services…. Future patterns in work and retirement…. The case for nuclear energy as a baseload source…. Envisioning a “post-scarcity” world…. Moral values and the creative process…. Future directions in evolution … and much more!

Seeing the Future Through New Eyes

edited by Cynthia G. Wagner.
WFS. 2008. 444 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-930242-65-7.

More than 30 forward-thinking scholars contributed these outstanding essays in conjunction with the World Future Society’s annual meeting, WorldFuture 2008: Seeing the Future Through New Eyes. The conference and its companion volume explore diverse perspectives that inspire us to think anew about tomorrow. Among the topics included in the volume are technological evolution, backcasting, scenario forecasting, evolutionary economics, high school of the future, learning from the ancient oracles, telegeography, the globalization of crime, future directions for marriage, and much more.

Hopes and Visions for the 21st Century

edited by Timothy C. Mack.
WFS. 2007. 427 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-930242-640.

More than two dozen outstanding essays prepared in conjunction with the World Future Society’s annual meeting, WorldFuture 2007: Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century, exploring visionary futures that ground our hopes in reality. Topics include organizational leadership, geopolitics, sustainable strategies for small businesses, nuclear terrorism, nanomedicine, educational futures, transportation futures, new futuring methodologies, and other vital issues impacting our future.

Creating Global Strategies for Humanity's Future

edited by Timothy C. Mack.
WFS. 2006. 388 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-63-7.

More than two dozen outstanding essays prepared in conjunction with the World Future Society’s annual meeting, WorldFuture 2006: Creating Global Strategies for Humanity’s Future, will inspire you with the latest insightful forecasts, outlooks, and techniques for understanding trends and building a better future.

Subjects covered in this incisive volume include:

  • China, India, and the global economy
  • Leadership and its challenges
  • Education for building the next civilization
  • Wisdom and how to instill it in tomorrow’s leaders
  • Religion, values, and their impacts on the global future

And other vital issues impacting our future, including the role of women in creating alternative futures, globalization, sustainability issues, public-health scenarios, and much, much more.

Foresight, Innovation, and Strategy: Toward a Wiser Future

edited by Cynthia G. Wagner.
WFS. 2005. 435 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-60-2.

More than 30 outstanding essays cover a broad range of insightful forecasts, inspiring outlooks, and leading-edge futuring techniques. Topics include breakthrough research in nanomedicine, strategies for feeding the world’s hungry, dynamic solutions to help organizations prepare for the future, and the new insights into the conflict between science and religion — and ways to resolve it. Among the 36 distinguished contributors are environmental scholar Norman Myers, noted scientist William Sims Bainbridge, and agricultural economist Lester R. Brown.

Thinking Creatively in Turbulent Times

edited by Howard F. Didsbury Jr. with the staff of the World Future Society.
WFS. 2004. 349 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-59-9.

This outstanding collection of essays covers a range of future-shaping issues, such as harnessing the powers of a coming “digital transformation,” creating more-livable cities, dealing with the impacts of immigration, transforming school systems to meet the needs of the future economy, and overcoming the traps in the ways we think about the future. Among the 40 contributors to this volume, prepared in conjunction with the World Future Society’s 2004 annual meeting, are former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm, independent futurist Hazel Henderson, futures studies professor Lynn Elen Burton, and Dutch government adviser on Internet trends Marcel Bullinga.

21st Century Opportunities and Challenges: An Age of Destruction or An Age of Transformation

edited by Howard F. Didsbury Jr.
WFS. 2003. 344 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-58-0.

This collection of essays by some of today’s leading futures thinkers address key issues presenting both challenges and opportunities for a potentially better world tomorrow. Authors include independent futurist and economist Hazel Henderson, Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon of the Millennium Project, sociologist and communitarian advocate Amitai Etzioni, educator Donald Louria, diplomat J. Oerstroem Moeller, and many many others. The volume, edited by historian and futures-scholar Howard F. Didsbury Jr., was prepared in conjunction with the World Future Society’s 2003 annual conference.