Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Editorial Mission of THE FUTURIST


As someone who’s spent her entire career and the majority of her life at THE FUTURIST, I smile when I think of myself as the “new” editor. So let me first thank Edward Cornish, our Founding Editor, for his mentorship and for having confidence in me.

Longtime readers will see few significant changes in the approach that this magazine takes in dealing with important issues. We aim for diversity of subject matter and neutrality in coverage. We rely on contributors who volunteer their expertise and work closely with our staff editors to present ideas to our readers in a way that is engaging and thought-provoking.

Our goal will be to ensure that each issue of the magazine covers the following four general areas:


  • Regions, with a focus on a place, be it Haiti (page 46) or the Moon (pages 34 and 39).

  • Resources, examining any of a number of critical physical resources, such as food (page 43), water, or energy.

  • Sectors of the economy, such as health care, education, or technology (page 16)

  • Methodologies for studying the future, which very often will include conversations with or profiles of foresight pioneers such as the late Daniel Bell (page 63).
  • Toward that end, we have enhanced the Future Active section (see page 66), edited by Aaron M. Cohen, to cover news for the futurist community. More such stories about news and events are also featured on our Web site. Additionally, Rick Docksai covers the latest future-oriented literature in his Books in Brief column (page 56).

    We are also dedicated to delivering more content to members electronically via our free monthly e-mail newsletter, Futurist Update and via our Web site. World Future Society members may now read the text of all articles online and download a PDF reproduction of the magazine.

    I hope THE FUTURIST will continue to be a welcome guest in your home, office, school, or wherever else you may be when you are inspired to journey to the future with us.

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    Cynthia G. Wagner is Editor of THE FUTURIST.

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