World Future Society
Empowering futurists.Shaping futures.
The World Future Society is the first membership organization in the world for people who research, envision and create potential futures. Our mission is to improve decision-making about the future by empowering futurists, fostering networks and advancing knowledge and action on future- critical issues. The organization was founded in 1966 by Edward Cornish, who went on to write Futuring: Exploring the Future, a foundational text still used in many classrooms today.Prominent early members included Buckminster Fuller, Robert McNamara, Arthur C. Clarke, Herman Kahn and Alvin and Heidi Toffler.
Today, the World Future Society provides robust tools, cutting-edge ideas and opportunities
to collaborate through its newsletters and publications, events and conferences, and a global chapter network in countries around the world. The World Future Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and scientific organization, incorporated and located in Washington, D.C. In order to support the urgent need for anticipatory decision-making in a complex and rapidly changing world, WFS has embarked on a multi-year modernization and transformation designed to culminate in WFS “2.0” by 2017. WFS 2.0 will be the world’s premiere ecosystem for empowering futurists, igniting dialogue about the future and shaping futures.