A while back (OK, a long while back) I posted a blog about a way (1 of 8) to help others spend a few minutes regularly thinking about the future. Basically, it’s sharing your horizon scanning “hits” with them, whether they be personal friends or workmates/colleagues.
This second method is simple – become a member of the World Future Society. The WFS is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966. It’s the best organization of its type for the person who has a general interest in the future. It bills itself as a neutral clearinghouse for ideas, forecasts, and resources about the future.
I’ve been a member since 1971. At that time I was majoring in Political Science at the University of Washington. Vietnam, riots, hunger strikes and power to the people. The days of rage.
I came home that summer to mooch off my parents. I couldn’t find a summer job because of the inherent evil nature of capitalism. Because I was too young to sit in a bar all day, I spent afternoons at the public library. I discovered The Futurist, the magazine published by the WFS. As a result of being exposed to studies of the future I began thinking, writing and studying a bit differently. My grades improved. A little.
You’re probably not worried about your grades. But you may be worried, or at least concerned, about your ability to manage change, both personally and professionally. I am. That’s why I’m a member of the World Future Society.
So check it out. If you don’t want to spend $79 I encourage you to sign up for their free email postings. It’s great information and no gimmicks.