Futures Networks

The World Future Studies Federation

The World Futures Studies Federation is the host organisation for this project. WFSF is a focused organization of some 300 individuals and 20 institutions around the world whose mission is to promote futures education and research. It is a global network of practicing futurists - researchers, teachers, scholars, policy analysts, activists and others from over 60 countries - established in 1967. To achieve its goal, the Federation seeks close cooperation with educational, scientific, cultural, artistic, and other institutions, associations, and organizations in all fields of futures studies, especially within the United Nations family.

In Pursuit of the Future

‘In Pursuit of the Future’ was a three-year research project under the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s Professorial Fellowship Scheme (2003-2006). This research project is designed to produce knowledge for sharing with people across academic disciplines and non-academic institutions.The site contains some important theoretical writings about "future time." The project was led by Professor Barbara Adam, a trans-disciplinary social theorist, internationally renowned for the study of social time. She is founding editor of the Journal Time & Society. http://tas.sagepub.com/

European Foresight Monitoring Network

The European Foresight Monitoring Network ( EFMN) monitors ongoing and emerging foresight activities and disseminates information about these activities to a network of policy researchers, and foresight practitioners. It supports the work of policy professionals at regional and national level. The EFMN is part of the European Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform. Although based in Europe, it monitors and maps Foresight activities all over the world. By April 2006 the EFMN had already identified and mapped more than 1000 foresight initiatives in countries as varied as the EU member states, Japan, China and Korea, the US, Canada and Brazil.

The Long Now Foundation

The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years. The term was coined by one of our founding board members, Brian Eno. When Brian first moved to New York City he found that in New York here and now meant this room and this five minutes, as opposed to the larger here and longer now that he was used to in England. We have since adopted the term as the title of our foundation as we are trying to stretch out what people consider as now.

Shaping Tomorrow

Shaping tomorrow is a collaborative web portal based in the UK with a global team of researchers, each with a subject specialization.Our information comes from rigorous and continuous physical searches for quality future-related sites. We are trained environmental scanners and trends researchers, not an automated web crawler. We have backgrounds in professional futures, market research, publishing, and senior management roles in many of the industries we cover.

The World Future Society

The World Future Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan scientific and educational association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The Society was founded in 1966 and is chartered as a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. It is a large organisation with approximately 25,000 members, the majority being north Americans, though with an increasingly global reach.


The AusForesight futures festival provides a tangible way of experiencing through practice and discourse proven and evolving foresight approaches, tools and methods. These foresight approaches will be used as we simultaneously explore the vast range of significant issues, threats and opportunities that confront Australia in the coming years.

Institute for Alternative Futures

The Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) is a nonprofit research and educational organization founded in 1977 by Clement Bezold, James Dator and Alvin Toffler. IAF specializes in aiding organizations and individuals to more wisely choose and create their preferred futures.
In its many projects and programs, IAF has developed unique forms of facilitation that encourage openness to exploring the future and assist rapid learning.

Global Foresight Network

The Global Foresight Network is a rapidly growing network of researchers, thinkers, consultants and alliances. We focus on the issue of Strategic Foresight. Our mission is to be recognised as a world class brand, provider and facilitator of Strategic Foresight methodology

The Tellus Institute

The Tellus Institute is based in Boston Massachussetts. It claims that a new epoch – the planetary phase of civilization – is upon us. The world's people and the biosphere are bound to a common fate. But what form of global civilization will emerge in the coming decades? In the face of the unfolding perils of social antagonism, violent conflict, and environmental stress, pessimists may be forgiven for their dark forebodings and dreamers for their doubts. Yet, it is not too late to shape a future of sustainability, justice, human well-being, and peace – a Great Transition.


Future Scanner is a community-powered application that organizes user-submitted links about the future by year and category. Community voting enables the best links to end up on the front page.

Acceleration Studies Foundation

ASF is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit engaged in outreach, education, research, and selective advocacy with respect to issues of accelerating change. ASF explores our increasingly technological and computational world via four key services: advancing awareness and dialog through public Outreach; high school, undergraduate and graduate initiatives for Education; roadmapping, forecasting, scenarios and other data-driven Research; and selected technological, economic, political and social Advocacy with regard to accelerating processes of change.



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*Positive Futures Network*

Positive Futures Network is an independent, nonprofit organization supporting people’s active engagement in creating a just, sustainable, and compassionate world. The Positive Futures Network (PFN) and its publication YES! magazine start with the belief that we need deep change if we are to avoid the breakdown of society and the natural world.

Our hope lies in the fact that millions of people around the world are creating the needed changes in their homes, communities, work places, and nations. Powerful innovations are taking hold within agriculture, businesses, criminal justice, schools--virtually every sector of society.

The work of the Positive Futures Network is to give visibility and momentum to these signs of an emerging society in which life, not money, is what counts; in which everyone matters; and in which vibrant, inclusive communities offer prosperity, security, and meaningful ways of life. The co-founder and chair is David Korton.