Top Five: What If?


This morning saw the beginning of the World Future Society 2014 annual conference: WorldFuture 2014: What If in Orlando, Florida!

WorldFuture 2014 is a collective of some of the world’s most inquisitive and dedicated scholars, asking about the future of a myriad of topics including humanity, government, education, religion and even happiness. Speakers will include Paul Saffo of Foresight at DISCERN, Stacey Childress of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s investment in K-12 Next Generation Learning, Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project and many more! You can keep up with the conference on Twitter by using the hashtag #wfs2014!

In honor of the conference, we’re pleased to bring you the top five most read articles from World Future Review.

WFR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint“The Democratization of Innovation: Managing Technological Innovation as If People Matter” by Philip H. Spies from March 2014

“How Digital Outcasts Can Pilot the Future of Health Care” by Kel Smith from June 2013

“Peer Production and Prosumerism as a Model for the Future Organization of General Interest Services Provision in Developed Countries: Examples of Food Services Collectives” by  Katarzyna Gajewska from March 2014.

“Geothermal Energy” by Gioietta Kuo from February 2012.

“Higher Education in the Future Tense: Taking Futuristics to School” by Arthur B. Shostak from March 2014.

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Top Five: The Future

wf2013logo324by148The World Future Society’s annual conference, WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon, is taking place right now in Chicago. WorldFuture 2013 brings together the world’s premier minds to discuss the long-range future of science, technology, humanity, government, religion and many other topics. Speakers at this “World’s Fair of Ideas” include MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte, visionary author Ramez Naam, Ford futurist Sheryl Connelly, and geosecurity expert John Watts.  Keep up with the latest news from the conference on Twitter using hashtag #WF13.

WFR_72ppiRGB_150pixWTo celebrate WorldFuture 2013, we’re pleased to bring you the current top five most-read articles from World Future Review. With topics ranging from the future of jobs to a book review on agricultural biotechnology, these are sure to pique your interest. They are free to access using the links below through August 3. Please share and enjoy!

James M. Higgins
The Fourth Singularity and the Future of Jobs
World Future Review March 2013

Michael Marien
Book Review: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
World Future Review March 2013

Rick Docksai
Book Review: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, by Ramez Naam
World Future Review March 2013

Peter F. Eder
Book Review: Seeds, Science, and Struggle: The Global Politics of Transgenic Crops, by Abby Kinchy
World Future Review March 2013 5: 73-75, doi:10.1177/1946756713478581

Victor Grech, Clare Vassallo, and Ivan Callus
The Last (Fertile) Man on Earth: Comedy or Fantasy?
World Future Review March 2013

Do you have a paper to submit? The editors of World Future Review invite manuscripts from contributors worldwide whose essays fall within the broad spectrum defined as “futures research.” Click here for more information.

SAGE Begins Publishing World Future Review

SAGE begins publishing World Future Review

Official Journal of the World Future Society

SAGE has been chosen by the World Future Society to publish its journal, the World Future Review (WFR), beginning in early 2013. The journal’s new home on the Web will be

WFR aims to further the study of future trends and better societal alternatives for researchers and practitioners alike. Its mission is to help people to live a more sustainable lifestyle by promoting research that fairly evaluates the outcomes of existing policies in multiple fields, assesses techniques for studying future issues, and allows for the exchange of futures-relevant information among different cultures.

The articles published in WFR encapsulate the research of multiple disciplines from a futures perspective including sociology, political science, economics, management, and other social sciences.

“Our goal at WFR is to pair the quality of a peer-reviewed professional journal with an innovative spirit of inquiry that will encourage qualified contributors to offer forward-looking theories and interpretations,” stated WFR Executive Editor Tim Mack. “Because we view the future as inherently unknowable in detail, we believe that every option humanity faces deserves to be considered fairly and its merits evaluated with professional care and scholarly objectivity. No topic falls entirely outside our field, and no finding logically arrived at and clearly expressed will ever be rejected out of hand as too implausible or threatening to interest WFR readers.”

“Publishing research in the political science, economics, management, and social science disciplines, World Future Review is a great fit for SAGE and will add even more depth to our journals collection,” said Bob Howard, SAGE’s executive director of US journals. “Its emphasis on future policy and societal transformation adds a unique perspective to these disciplines and is an important outlet for research that investigates how social, economic and technological developments can shape the future.”

World Future Review is now accepting manuscripts from professionals across the globe. For more information, click here.

The World Future Society is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., founded in 1966. The Society investigates how social, economic and technological developments are shaping the future. It helps individuals, organizations, and communities observe, understand and respond to social change appropriately and investigates the benign effects of applying anticipatory thinking to society

This year’s WFS conference, WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon, will be held July 19-21, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago
in Chicago, Illinois.

The World Future Society’s meetings are unique, excitement-packed events. Since the First General Assembly in 1971, the Society has held a variety of small and large conferences that have brought together futurists from around the world to share ideas and vital information about the trends and events that will affect the world tomorrow.

Society meetings provide an opportunity for people from many different fields to examine significant issues and discuss common problems. Each meeting has a rich variety of sessions and speakers, allowing registrants to sample a true cross-section of futures thinking. Past Society conferences have focused on topics ranging from energy, communications, and the global economy to crisis management and conflict resolution, work and careers, and education.