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. 38, No. 6, November-December

Adulthood Grows More Elusive
For today's young people, adulthood no longer begins where adolescence ends. While most young adults are physically mature and possess the intellectual, social, and psychological skills needed for adulthood, many lack the economic independence to become...
Are Consultants Killing Creativity? Controlling Costs Could Be Stifling Innovation in Organizations
Overreliance on management consultants to keep costs down and efficiency high could be reducing creativity in organizations. Companies might become more innovative if they were less efficient, suggests Stuart Macdonald, a professor of information and...
Cash-Now and Forever!
David R. Warwick's article "Toward a Cashless Society" fails to address the issue of security, convenience, and value (July-August 2004). I travel a lot, so what do I do [for money] in Cambodia? Bills for $100, $50, and $20 work 100% of the time anywhere....
Creating a More Intelligent Future: The World Future Society's 2004 Meeting Focused on Improving Our Foresight, Enhancing Our Intelligence, and Developing Partnerships with Each Other and with Our Rapidly Advancing Technologies
The collective intelligence of futurists from around the world was gathered at the 2004 conference of the World Future Society in Washington, D.C., this past summer. On the agenda were terrorism, globalization, energy, life extension, brain/mind research,...
Forming a Global Authority: A World-Government Response to Terrorism
Ever since I was a student in the early 1950s, I have been told that a world government is a dream of dewy-eyed idealists, a vision no serious person would pursue. To a certain extent, one exists now in the form of a coalition of nations organized...
High Schools for Futurism: Nurturing the Next Generation; Foresight Techniques Have Been Absent from High-School Classrooms. Sociologist and Innovative Thinker Arthur B. Shostak Describes a School Curriculum to Inspire Young Learners to Use and Enjoy Futurist Thinking
A variety of unique high schools--novel charter schools, cyber charter schools, and magnet schools--are opening across the United States. New York, for example, now boasts the Bronx High School for Law, Government, and Justice, along with the all-male...
Hotter Heat Waves Foreseen: Climate Change May Lead to Worse Weather
Cities in the Northern Hemisphere will experience hotter, longer, and more-frequent heat waves during the twenty-first century than in the twentieth, according to a new climate-modeling study by the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)....
Invasion of the Super Rats
The super rats are coming. The pesky rodents are increasingly developing immunities to the poisons and other agents used to control them. The solution: Alter the landscape to benefit other small mammals that compete with rats for food and other resources....
Keeping Science's Best and Brightest on the Job: Science Education's Woes Portend Problems for Science Research
How can students who graduate with degrees in science be persuaded to pursue lifelong careers in research, scholarship, and education? This troubling question is posed by economist Anne E. Preston in her new book Leaving Science. Her conclusions...
Learning for Ourselves: A New Paradigm for Education; Learning Should Be Taken out of the Hands of Antiquated School Systems and Put into the Hands of Learners, Argues a Professor and Education Consultant
Education is leaving the schoolhouse. The communications and instructional technologies necessary to make education an anytime anywhere activity rather than a place-bound schoolhouse event have been rapidly evolving for several years. The only step...
Learning to Look Up: A Scientist Is Teaching the World to See the Universe
One of cosmology's leading stars is astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Tyson was recently appointed to serve on the nine-member commission on the Implementation of the U.S. Space Exploration...
Reinventing Sex: New Technologies and Changing Attitudes; New Technologies Will Promote Pleasure, Simulate Reality, Improve Performance, and Thwart Disease
Trends in family, religion, health, education, and technology are changing how we view and discuss sexual matters--including marriage, courtship, and the act itself--and what they mean in our lives. Though new confusions will arise from increasing...
The Military's Wireless Future: Keeping Soldiers Both Mobile and Connected Poses Challenges to the Military
Wireless communications are impacting all areas of the U.S. military, from logistics and training to collaboration and medical support. In military offices, wireless communications keep people mobile, with continual access to information anywhere,...
The Mission of the Futurist
THE FUTURIST magazine is edited for people who take the future seriously. They recognize that humans shape their own future by whatever they do. Therefore, it's critically important to take the future into account whenever we make decisions. Decisions...
Tools of Thought: Share the Gift of Thought-Provoking Ideas and Techniques for Building the Future
Membership in the World Future Society increases your power to create a better future for yourself and others. You can equip your colleagues, clients, friends, and family with "future power" tools by supplying them gift memberships in the World Future...
Women in War: Reproductive Health Is a Growing Casualty of War and Other Crises
Neglecting reproductive health in regions of conflict and emergencies has serious consequences, a report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) concludes. Unwanted pregnancies, preventable maternal and infant deaths, and the spread of sexually...
WorldFuture 2005: Foresight, Innovation, and Strategy
CRITICAL SKILLS FOR BUILDING THE FUTURE: FORESIGHT: The ability to see ahead. INNOVATION: The ability to develop new solutions and deploy new ideas. STRATEGY: The ability to create practical paths to reach desired goals. WorldFuture 2005...
World Future Society
The World Future Society is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization chartered in the District of Columbia, U.S.A., and is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. The Society has about 25,000 members...