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. 24, No. 2, March-April

American Indian Culture at Risk
American Indians are at grave risk of losing their cultural heritage, according to Robert Thomas, a professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. Indian languages and religions are foundering, and many young urban Indians are falling out...
An Era of Responsibility
Much has been written about the transition from an Industrial to a Postindustrial, or Information, Age. I prefer to see us as making the transition from an era of materialism and consumption to what I call the Era of Responsibility. For the first...
Applied Demography: Its Growing Scope and Future Direction
What does this field now encompass, how has it evolved, and where is it headed? What distinctive contributions are applied demographers making? Applied Demography in Public Affairs It is useful to reflect on recent developments that have produced...
Building Homes with Foam
Promising new construction materials will make future houses cheaper, easier, and quicker to build, report researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Such materials will offer homeowners fireproof construction and outstanding insulative...
Butterfly Ranching in Indonesia
Conservation planning often gets started only when a wildlife habitat has become badly degraded. But in Indonesia's Irian Jaya province, the western half of the island of New Guinea, the Indonesian government and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have...
Education Takes to the Streets; the Promise of Informal Learning Environments
The Promise of Informal Learning Environments Playgrounds, parks, and bus stops can be ideal places for "classrooms without out walls." A dynamic new concept of a "learning environment" as something other than a classroom aims to make educational...
Futurizing the United States Government
A bill sponsored by Senator Albert Gore of Tennessee would create a presidential commission to study critical trends and government policies. His purpose is to make the U.S. government more effective through better planning and management of important...
Interactive Video on Display
Several major events in interactive video took place in Washington, D.C., during the last week of November 1989. "Tech 2000, " the first permanent exhibit of interactive media, opened at Washington's new Techworld Plaza, a center for technologically...
Long-Term Benefits of Preschool
High-quality preschool programs can not only improve the prospects of disadvantaged children, but also serve as an effective long-term investment against Social problems associated with poverty. These findings come from a recent Ford Foundation report...
Macro Engineering: Some Next Steps; Large Scale Engineering Projects Can Alleviate Some of the Pressure That the Growing Human Population Is Putting on the Planet's Resource Base
Large-scale engineering projects can alleviate some of the pressure that the growing human population is putting on the planet's resource base. The world has long been captivated by microtechnology, those small and beautiful inventions of electronics,...
Promoting Organic Agriculture
Organic agriculture - the production and marketing of foods grown with few or no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers - is flourishing in many parts of the United States. And according to two recently published reports, these techniques represent one...
Roots as Fuel
Massive deforestation of the Third World clearly has a devastating effect on the global environment. But Eugene B. Shultz and Wayne G. Bragg of Washington University in St. Louis think that followers of the phenomenon may be "missing the trees for...
The Age of Spreading Knowledge; the Spread of Knowledge Is the Driving Force Behind Increasing Demands for Political Choice Worldwide
Many years ago, E.B. White expressed his generation's worry about world affairs in a classic example of his spare and compelling prose: "I own one share of the corporate earth, and I am uneasy about the management." We still have every reason to...
The Elephants' Telltale Tusks: DNA Trail May Help Track Poachers
DNA trail may help track poachers A technology used to help identify criminals and solve paternity cases may also soon track down ivory poachers who are killing elephants for their tusks. By developing a DNA-fingerprint database of elephant tusks,...
Tourism for Conservation?
An increasing number of African nations are developing tourism as a means not only to generate scarce foreign currency but also to promote wildlife conservation, according to David Patrice Greanville, editor-at-large of The Animals' Agenda. Poverty...
Writing to Read
An experimental literacy program is teaching children to write any word they can say, before they can read. In many cases, children are writing stories on word processors even before they have developed the motor skills necessary to write their name...
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