Magazine article The Futurist

Because the Future Matters: A Special Message from the President of the World Future Society

Magazine article The Futurist

Because the Future Matters: A Special Message from the President of the World Future Society

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Dear Reader,

The World Future Society Needs You ... because the more complex that the future becomes, the more minds we need at work:

* scanning the horizon,

* scouting the opportunities and risks ahead,

* envisioning inspiring possibilities,

* deliberating and debating alternative scenarios, and

* leading the teams that will build better futures not just for ourselves, but also for the generations to come.

For nearly half a century, members of the World Future Society have supported the publications, resources, research, and networking opportunities that have helped develop the field of futures studies.

Over the years, we have expanded the foresight capabilities of leaders in government, business, academia, and civil society; enabled people from all walks of life to come to terms with rapidly accelerating change and create better futures for their families and businesses; and promoted the more specialized work performed by professional futurists.

As we look to our own future, the Society is now faced with the challenge of expanding its mission to more people via new media ventures and education initiatives. Our goals include:

* Building a better Web community for members, with easier access to futures materials and connections to colleagues around the world.

* Creating a dynamic network of futurist groups at the local level, enabling communities, villages, schools, and organizations to collectively envision and build sustainable futures.

* Developing a meta-curriculum of futures studies that enables foresight to be incorporated into all classroom studies and learning activities.

* Cultivating young futurists by providing resources, networking opportunities, and other support through the Global Youth Foresight program.

* Improving the training and education of both professional futurists and those who need to incorporate futuring methodologies in their own professional activities or personal pursuits.

But our goals cannot be met without your support, and membership dues alone cannot sustain the future we hope to achieve.

8 Ways You Can Help the World Future Society

1. Make a generous, tax-deductible donation to the Society. Donors are gratefully acknowledged in THE FUTURIST each year, and those who donate student scholarships for the conference are also acknowledged in the conference program. Donate online at www. …

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