The Futurist

The Futurist, subtitled A Journal of Forecasts, Trends and Ideas About the Future, is a journal that explores social and technological changes, with forecasts, trends and ideas about the future. Founded in 1967, The Futurist is published bimonthly by the World Future Society.Articles focus on the topic of sociology. The Editors of this journal are Edward S. Cornish and Jeff Cornish.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, July-August

Europe's Competitive Edge: Culture
Cultural strength could play a bigger role in global economic competitiveness than technological or military might, according to J. Orstrom Moller, state secretary in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Europe's ability to unite culturally diverse...
Investing for the 21st Century
Investing for the long term makes good financial sense. Here are 10 ways to do it. Surprisingly, the twenty-first century is likely to live up to much of its hype. Ushered in by the end of the Cold War and the worldwide rise of capitalism, it will mark...
Is Transcendence Necessary?
The futurist broke a house rule to bring you the foregoing speech by Vaclav Havel. The rule is that we do not publish material that has previously appeared in another periodical. Havel's speech, made in a ceremony in Philadelphia in 1994, was carried...
Renewing American Civilization: Toward an Opportunity Society
The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives explains his plan for creating an Opportunity Society to replace the Welfare State. In December 1992, I was working on long-range planning with Owen Roberts in Tampa, Florida. Owen is a brilliant student...
Speculation on Canada's Breakup
The breakup of Canada - or at least the secession of Quebec - would no doubt be agonizing in the short term, but many social, economic, and political forces would stabilize the region in the longer term, according to political science professor Robert...
The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World
In this postmodern world, cultural conflicts are becoming more dangerous than at any time in history. A new model of coexistence is needed, based on man's transcending himself. There are thinkers who claim that, if the modern age began with the discovery...
The Portable Workplace
Portability will be essential for tomorrow's workplace, so students are designing ways to let office technology travel everywhere with the worker. Have you ever sat in rush-hour traffic, wishing that you could do something more productive than stare...
Why Can't We Ban the Bomb?
Technology Diffusion and Nuclear Arms Control Preventing the diffusion of nuclear weapons is a losing battle, but they may lose much of their military appeal. The world community is attempting to limit and control the spread of nuclear weapons, yet...
Why Technology Forecasts Often Fail
Marconi thought his new radio would only be used for ship-to-shore communication. Bell Laboratories at first saw no use in patenting its laser. The ability to foresee commercial possibilities in new technologies is perhaps an even more valuable skill...