Each of us has a story to share about the moment or experience that led us down a path of curiosity about the future . . .
Maybe for you it began with a fascination for how fiction could one day become a reality. Or maybe it started with a deeply seated dissatisfaction with the status quo. Perhaps a project, calling, or passion has led you to ask the bigger questions about our “prime directive” as humans and how we can thoughtfully harness the power of technology and use a longview to create better futures in our own lifetimes.
No matter how you found us, no matter where your passion for the future is rooted, to you we say:
We believe that as humans and as citizens of the future, we have an obligation to ask the big questions and dig into the diverse perspectives and ideas that define this moment in time. We believe that by tapping into our collective knowledge and expertise, we can come together to make smarter, better decisions that will have a lasting and positive impact on our future.
We are lifelong learners driven by curiosity and a passion not only for conversation, but for action. We welcome anyone who is open-minded, hopeful about the future, and eager to roll up their sleeves. Are you ready to dive in?
For over 50 years, the World Future Society has been at the forefront of defining what it means to embrace a Futurist Mindset. Whether you're focused on social impact, creating a disruptive business, or exploring exponential technology, we believe there is a futurist in each of us.
This community is a gathering place for curious, open-minded citizens of the future as we come together to uncover new and exciting opportunities to impact our world. We believe we cannot be passive observers in the future, but active creators.
👊 Meet people like you who are on the same quest for uncovering and pursuing our purpose as humans and how we can better work together to drive new initiatives and technologies forward.
💬 Become an active participant in collaborative, satisfying discussions that are focused on charting a new course for humanity. Exchange ideas, share your own personal experiences, and learn from other forward-thinkers like you.
🤔 Go deep on the questions that don’t always have easy or obvious answers. Every day in this community we’re launching new conversations around topics like AI and emerging technology, the future of work, advances in education, and how we can harness new research to chart a better course for humanity.
🎙 Get access to exclusive events available only to World Future Society members. Participate in online conferences and monthly Q&As with leading futurists, entrepreneurs, speakers, authors, and each other. Recent guests have included leading author and economist Dr. Ted Chu and Rod Roddenberry.
🚀 Learn how to take the new ideas and initiatives we create together and turn them into real-world action in your own work and personal pursuits.
💡 And above all, be inspired every day.
World Future Society members get exclusive access to our next event on the WFS virtual stage: a conversation on June 14 with leading futurist, forecaster, and writer Paul Saffo.
The event will include a video interview streamed live, along with a short Q&A portion in which WFS members can submit questions. The event will be recorded and available later *only* for members here in our community as part of the ongoing Human Purpose Project.
Paul Saffo is a forecaster with over two decades of experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He teaches forecasting at Stanford University and chairs the Future Studies and Forecasting track at Singularity University. He is also a contributor to THE FUTURIST and one of our favorite speakers at past WFS events.
Past guests on the WFS virtual stage have included author and economist Dr. Ted Chu and Star Trek Executive Producer Rod Roddenberry. Become a member to get access to the full archives of all past events and conversations, along with invitations to all future events.
Founded in 1966, the World Future Society is recognized as the largest, most influential, and longest-running community of futurists and future thinkers in the world. WFS members originally established the foundations of future thinking as we understand it today—through publications, global summits, and advisory roles to world leaders in business and government. Historical members and authors have included legendary minds such as Buckminster Fuller, Herman Kahn, Gene Roddenberry, and Margaret Mead.
In 2018, World Future Society reconstituted itself to be ready for the next stage in our future. Under new management and now operating as “World Future Society Presents LLC d/b/a World Future Society,” a Delaware limited liability company, we will continue to offer our members the same community and passion as we have since 1966.
Today, we are an ecosystem of futurists, visionaries, and builders charging forward with the belief that a thriving future for all of us requires us to strategize, construct, question, and collaborate. Everyone here—from curious college students to long-term practitioners—has an opportunity to bring their own voice and experiences to the table.
Watch WFS Board Chair Julie Friedman Steele share her vision for the WFS and the key aspects of having a Futurist Mindset that will lead us to becoming a powerful engine for impact and growth:
From Dystopia to Eutopia: Creating a Future Too Good to Be True (But Isn’t) will take place August 16 and 17 in Chicago, Illinois.
You are invited to join us for this unique opportunity to more deeply connect with your fellow World Future Society members—through expert facilitation, collaborative adventures, and organized conversations with leaders across multiple industries and expertise.
To learn more about our event this year, visit the official event website here. ➡️
"I love being able to talk with other visionary-doers who want to create a brighter future together. That's what WFS stands for, and I'm thrilled to finally have a place where we can have these conversations. I’ve made so many new friends all over the world."
—Julie Friedman Steele, CEO & Board Chair of the World Future Society, Social Entrepreneur, and Founder/CEO of The 3D Printer Experience
"Being part of the World Future Society has allowed me to embrace uncertainty in my own life. I feel more optimistic and excited about the future than I ever did before.
I'm always looking for something new to learn, and this community is the first place I go when I'm curious about a new subject or want to find a new resource."
—Forrest Webber, Director at Wander Media LLC
"There is a tendency right now to think that anyone who is associated with Future Thinking is alone in the woods, or a bit crazy.
We have an opportunity here to come together and arm each other with our case studies, stories, tactics, and thought capital, so that we can bridge that thinking. It's also all about having a support system. There is a camaraderie that comes from bringing like-minded people together to understand that they aren't alone in this endeavor and can facilitate really meaningful dialogue."
—Minsoo Pak, Entrepreneur, Futurist, and Creative Problem Solver
"One of the questions I hear asked is, 'Who should be considered a Futurist?' I would argue that everyone has the opportunity to embrace a Futurist Mindset.
Organizations like the World Future Society make available to everyone the tools we need to amplify our work and help us all access this way of thinking."
—Lea Artis, Healing, Liberation, and Empowerment Coach, Multidisciplinary Systems Thinker, Creative Strategist, and Social Innovator
"I joined the World Future Society when I was looking for a bigger community of people who, like me, are curious about the future.
I found a place where we can share our experiences and talk about important issues from a global perspective."
—Vanessa Carstens, Behavioral Specialist and Business Coach
"It's so satisfying to be part of a community of thinkers who really care about the future of the world and go out of the way to share their ideas. Also, it's good to finally realize that you're not a nut job!"
—Ian Khan, Author, Speaker, Filmmaker, Forbes Contributor, TEDx Speaker, and Technology Futurist featured on CNN
"As part of this community, I want to understand what people are doing to act on the future. I want to talk in-depth about how we're doing things, what practical ideas we're implementing, and what we're going to try next."
—Elburz Sorkhabi, Expert in Experiential Design, Immersive Media, and Interactive Technology
"I joined the World Future Society because I was craving an opportunity to have conversations with like-minded people. This is the ideal place to share our ideas and talk about longer-term visions for the future."
—Heather Figallo, Senior Director of Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship at Southwest Airlines
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As a member of the World Future Society, your $199.99 annual membership comes with exclusive benefits and perks available only to members of this community, including:
Instant access to WFS online events and monthly Q&As with leading experts, entrepreneurs, speakers, and authors (along with the full archives of all past events and conversations)
The opportunity to be an integral part of how we design and develop new initiatives and programming at WFS—everything from our yearly events to our publications and local chapter launches
By joining the World Future Society, you instantly gain access to an inclusive, global community of future-minded citizens who are actively exploring new opportunities to take actions that will positively impact our future.
Your membership directly supports our mission, and allows us to create:
Ongoing events, conferences, and expert Q&As with leading futurists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and authors across a range of industries and expertise
Collaborative projects like the Human Purpose Project, that seeks to change the way we approach big conversations about the future
New educational resources, guides, and training for citizens at all stages of exploration—from those who want to engage in a deeper understanding of what it means to explore future scenarios to those who are ready to take their knowledge and expertise to the next level
The World Future Society is supported by membership dues, sponsorships, events, and collaborations with educational institutions, media, science museums, and business organizations worldwide.
We 💜any and all opportunities to collaborate with future-focused entities to spread and encourage the Futurist Mindset. If you want to know more about how you or your organization can support our mission, please contact us.
After you subscribe to an annual membership in the World Future Society, you’ll get access to everything our diverse community has to offer: ongoing conversations broken out into various topics, action-oriented initiatives, monthly online events and Q&As, resources to help you take your learning to the next level, and (most importantly) the opportunity to meet the thousands of other future-minded citizens like yourself who make up this community.
It’s kind of like being at the best conference you’ve ever been to with the most interesting people, 24/7. 😉
We'll also send you a quick tour of everything you need to know about navigating the site, along with a personal welcome message from our team and one thing you can do today to get the most value out of your membership.
Yes! We have iOS and Android apps available to our members that you can download for free. The WFS app is the easiest way to keep tabs with our community on the go and quickly message another member or ask a question.
People are the most important part of what we do. That’s why we’re always adding new ways to meet and connect with other WFS members like you.
In the WFS community, you can instantly meet and message with other members are near you, who share the same specialty, or who are interested in the same topics. Your membership also gives you the ability to quickly send a message to someone else privately if you want to take the conversation further.
Nope! This community is open to anyone and everyone who has an interest in the future and a desire to learn more about how we can co-create the futures we want to see.
If you do want to take your learning to the next level, you can find carefully curated educational resources, reading lists, guides, and training (coming soon!) within our community.
As the one that started it all, the World Future Society was the "big bang" in the universe that inspired all of the future-focused organizations that exist today.
Our legacy is both what sets us apart and what drives our desire to build a platform where everyone who cares about the future can come along with us on this journey of uncovering our purpose as humans—no matter your age or your background.
The World Future Society is about waving our arms and saying there is a sense of urgency that needs to be addressed as to where we are headed as humanity. Multiple perspectives and visions of the future are valid and welcomed here, because we believe this will help us fill the blind spots that each of us have in our own reality. It's not about one silo, but about a convergence of knowledge and experiences.
We believe we cannot be passive observers in the future, but active creators. We are not reactive, but proactive in our approach. We are not about fixing broken systems, but about creating new and improved societal systems that may make the old ones obsolete—and that’s okay.
We are unique in that we believe having a Futurist Mindset is both a personal journey and one that affects humanity as a whole. We care about whatever part of the journey you are on, without any judgement. The future is not—and never will be—a destination you get to arrive at. But we want to do as much as we can today to co-create the futures we want to see.
We hope you will join us on this journey!
Your annual subscription operates on a year-to-year basis, and will automatically renew after one year. Nearly 100% of our members renew every year so they can continue to get access to new programming, events, and initiatives offered within the community, but you do have the option to cancel at anytime if you so choose.
Historically, the WFS hosts at least one in-person conference each year. In 2018, we’re doing things a little differently.
This year’s event will be smaller in scale, but far more ambitious with regards to what we are creating. As a member of the World Future Society, you will have a front row seat to the planning that goes into World Future 2018 and direct input into how we structure our master classes and immersive experiences. However, we do expect this event to sell out quickly. Keep an eye out for additional ways to become involved and opportunities to interact remotely as a virtual attendee.
We love it when our members want to expand their involvement and organize local chapters, meetups, or salons in their area.
We’re currently creating an official guide with helpful materials for members who want to host a local chapter of the World Future Society. In 2018 our plan is to roll out the first of our official chapters, then grow from there. If you’re interested to learn more, you’ll find a sneak peek of how WFS Chapters will work inside the community once you become a member. 😉
We get it. Just send us a note and we’re happy to address any questions or curiosities you have about the World Future Society and how you can benefit from becoming a part of this community.
If you are ready to deepen your engagement with the World Future Society and effect change today, ask us about our additional membership levels.
WFS premium membership levels also offer added benefits: recognized status within our community, invite-only events, and access to exclusive roundtables.
To learn more about additional membership levels, or how you or your organization can become involved in WFS as a delegate or a lifetime supporter, please contact us.
We’d love to hear more about your story and how we can help you reach your goals. 💥
Please note: Membership dues are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.