World Future Society

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The World Future Society (WFS) is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization founded in 1966 and based in Chicago, IL.[1] Annually, WFS reviews the past year in order to make predictions about the future,[2] and each July, WFS holds a conference which features speakers and one- or two-day courses dealing with futures studies. Membership is open to anyone who can afford it and many members are not professional futurists.[3] The society claims that its membership includes sociologists, scientists, corporate planners, educators, students and retirees.[4]



Julie Friedman Steele 2016–present [5]

Presidents / Executive Director[edit]

Julie Friedman Steele 2016–present [5] Amy Zalman 2014-2016 (?) [6] Timothy Mack, Esq. 2004-2014 [7] Ed Cornish 1966-2004


The WFS website features digital library resources about futurism and content from the society's various publications.[citation needed]


The World Future Society publishes numerous books, including Futuring: The Exploration of the Future (Oct. 2005), written by society founder Edward Cornish, as well as several print and electronic journals.


The Futurist[edit]

The Futurist was established in 1967.[8] It was previously a full-color bimonthly magazine and is now an online publication that reports on technological, societal, and public policy trends. The Futurist was nominated for a 2007 Utne Independent Press Award for Best Science and Technology Coverage.[citation needed]

The Futurist has published articles by forecaster and Smart Money columnist Jamais Cascio[citation needed], NASA chief research scientist Dennis Bushnell,[9] Financial Times economist Martin Wolf,[10] workplace expert John Challenger and Wall Street Journal "Gen X" columnist Alexandra Levit.[11] The magazine published exclusive interviews with former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich[citation needed], serving U.S. congressman Dennis Kucinich,[12] Harvard evolutionary biologist Marc Hauser[citation needed], as well as inventor (and World Future 2010 featured speaker) Ray Kurzweil[citation needed].

The Futurist featured coverage on:

Executive Editors of The Futurist

Edward Cornish (1967-2010); Cynthia G. Wagner (2011-2014);[20] Mark D. Drapeau (2015)[21]


The World Future Society previously published the academic journal World Future Review. This journal is independent of the society starting with Volume 8.[22]


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  2. ^ "Back to the Future : Trends: After examining its 1989 forecasts, the World Future Society looks to the '90s and beyond to envision major changes at home, on the road and at work.". Retrieved June 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Defining 'futurist'". Retrieved June 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Cornish, Edward (Jan–Feb 2007). "How The Futurist was Born" (pdf). The Futurist. ISSN 0016-3317. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  5. ^ a b [1]
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  8. ^ Bruce V. Lewenstein (1987). "Was There Really a Popular Science" Boom"?" (PDF). Science, Technology, & Human Values. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Blog Dennis Bushnell article from THE FUTURIST magazine, reposted
  10. ^ The Futurist Interview with Martin Wolf, May–June 2009 edition
  11. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Blog Levitt Op-Ed from The Futurist magazine reposted
  12. ^ The Encyclopædia Britannica Blog Interviews with Newt Gingrich, Dennis Kucinich, others, reposted from the July–August 2009 edition of The Futurist
  13. ^ a b The Futurist magazine table of contents, September–October 2009 edition
  14. ^ The Futurist magazine table of contents, July–August 2009 edition
  15. ^ The Futurist magazine table of contents, May–June 2009 edition
  16. ^ The New York Times Idea Blog, featuring The Futurist magazine, June 10, 2009
  17. ^ The Futurist magazine The table of contents from the September–October 2009 issue
  18. ^ The Reinvention of Morality, The Futurist magazine, January–February 2009
  19. ^ Powering the World with Artificial Photosynthesis The Futurist magazine, May–June 2013
  20. ^ "Cynthia Wagner biography". 
  21. ^ "Mark Drapeau biography". 
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