WFSF has a long-standing commitment to truly global futures, meaning openness to creating alternative futures that embrace cultural diversity and individual difference.
WFSF is dedicated to stimulating awareness of the urgent need for long-term thinking in government, policy, civil and educational institutions, to resolve complex local, national, regional and global problems.
To find out more about WFSF you can browse the various sections of our website.
o Who founded the WFSF and when?
o Who is the current Leadership Team?
o Can anyone become a WFSF Member? How do I join?
o Who were the former Presidents and Secretaries-General?
o Where have previous WFSF Conferences been held?
o Are there any WFSF Conferences coming up that I can attend?
o How do I learn more about futures studies?
o What does our partnership with UNESCO mean?
o What does our partnership with the UN-ECOSOC mean?
o What books are recommended for finding out the basics about futures studies?
WFSF Awards have been granted since 1994 to individuals, groups and institutions at the forefront of futures studies and research.
Recent WFSF Awards include:
At the WFSF 22nd World Conference in Jondal Norway, June 2017, three awards were granted:
WFSF Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to:
Professor Johan Galtung: for “outstanding achievement and in acknowledgement of his many contributions to the field of futures studies, peace studies, and to the well being of humankind, and in particular for his significant contribution to the origins of the World Futures Studies Federation.”
Professor Richard Slaughter: for “outstanding achievement and in acknowledgement of his many contributions to the field of futures studies and strategic foresight, and in particular for his significant contribution to the development and consolidation of the knowledge base of futures studies.”
WFSF President’s Outstanding Young Futurist Award presented to:
Professor Seongwon Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) Graduate Program for Future Strategy & Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), South Korea.
The “WFSF President’s Outstanding Young Futurist Award” to be awarded from time to time when a young person shows outstanding achievements in futures studies.
For International Women’s Day 2017: WFSF honoured two outstanding women.
WFSF International Women’s Day Global Award 2017: Presented to Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, an inspiring Maasai woman educator from Kenya.
WFSF President’s Outstanding Woman Futurist 2017: Presented to Dr Dana Klisanin, an innovative psychologist and futurist from New York.
WFSF Elections 2017
The WFSF Executive Board and President may be re-elected to serve for up to two consecutive four-year terms. We are very fortunate that, as with the last Election in 2013, almost half the current Executive Board are willing to serve for a second term if the Members want. This is common practice in high levels of government where Senate elections are often staggered so that only half members are replaced at any Election. While not locked into our Constitution, the desire of eligible Board Members to stand for a second term is a demonstration of their commitment to the Federation, and the cooperation and harmony of Board working relationships. This has the potential to ensure continuity and consolidation of the Federation’s strength and direction, especially with regard to our UNESCO and UN cooperation.