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 Washington, DC. Annually, WFS reviews the past year in order to make predictions about the future, 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. The society claims that its membership includes sociologists, scientists, corporate planners, educators, students and retirees.
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 was established in 1967. It is a full-color bimonthly magazine that reports on technological, societal, and public policy trends. Among the thinkers and experts who have contributed to The Futurist include: MIT architecture scholar William ;G. Mitchell: Washington Post writer Joel Garreau; planetary physician Thomas Alured Faunce, inventor Ray Kurzweil; Foresight president J. Storrs Hall; Daniel Barnett of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on flu pandemic; Former Harper's editor Lewis Lapham; Center for Strategic International Studies senior fellow Edward N. Luttwak; Pulitzer Prize nominee James Martin; U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker; multimedia education pioneer Fred D'Ignazio; and former CIA director Robert James Woolsey, Jr..
In 2011, The Futurist featured the writing of technology writer Kevin Kelly, marketing writer and speaker Seth Godin, nature writer Richard Louv, writer and scholar Evgeny Morozov, environmentalist and MacAuthur Fellow Lester R. Brown and others.
The Futurist has published articles by forecaster and Smart Money columnist Jamais Cascio, NASA chief research scientist Dennis Bushnell, Financial Times economist Martin Wolf, workplace expert John Challenger and Wall Street Journal "Gen X" columnist Alexandra Levit. The magazine published exclusive interviews with former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, serving U.S. congressman Dennis Kucinich, Harvard evolutionary biologist Marc Hauser, as well as inventor (and World Future 2010 featured speaker) Ray Kurzweil.
The Futurist featured coverage on:
- Powering an energy-hungry civilization with uranium, sunlight, wind, the gulf stream, garbage, ammonia, algae, other sources.
- The potential impact of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology on invention and manufacturing,
- Changing the weather to combat climate change,
- How to create your own artificial island nation,
- The job market of the 21st century,
- The future of national security in the age of cyber warfare, by former White House advisor Marvin Cetron,
- The influence of neuroscience on traditional ideas of morality.
- Powering the World with Artificial photosynthesis.
- Frequently Asked Questions About WFS
- "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.
- "Defining 'futurist'". Retrieved June 2015.
- Cornish, Edward (Jan–Feb 2007). "How The Futurist was Born" (pdf). The Futurist. ISSN 0016-3317. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- Bruce V. Lewenstein (1987). "Was There Really a Popular Science" Boom"?" (PDF). Science, Technology, & Human Values. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
- Encyclopædia Britannica Blog Dennis Bushnell article from THE FUTURIST magazine, reposted
- The Futurist Interview with Martin Wolf, May–June 2009 edition
- Encyclopædia Britannica Blog Levitt Op-Ed from The Futurist magazine reposted
- The Encyclopædia Britannica Blog Interviews with Newt Gingrich, Dennis Kucinich, others, reposted from the July–August 2009 edition of The Futurist
- The Futurist magazine table of contents, September–October 2009 edition
- The Futurist magazine table of contents, July–August 2009 edition
- The Futurist magazine table of contents, May–June 2009 edition
- The New York Times Idea Blog, featuring The Futurist magazine, June 10, 2009
- The Futurist magazine The table of contents from the September–October 2009 issue
- The Reinvention of Morality, The Futurist magazine, January–February 2009
- Powering the World with Artificial Photosynthesis The Futurist magazine, May–June 2013
- World Future Society (WFS) official website