Association of Professional Futurists

The Association of Professional Futurists is a global community of professional futurists committed to leadership and excellence in the futures field. Our members provide unique perspectives to help people anticipate and influence the future.

The APF aims to set the standard of excellence for foresight professionals. Members include futurists from businesses, governments and non-profits, consulting futurists, educators, and students in futures studies. 

We meet regularly, host active electronic discussions among practitioners, provide professional development programs, recognize excellence in futures works, and offer a rich body of ideas and information about the future for the public.

We invite you to browse the site to find out more about what we do. If you are interested in joining, visit the Membership page where you can apply online. Here's a brief brochure about the APF and one for students. And, if you have any questions, please do get in touch.

2015 Annual Gathering: The Learning Remix
Atlanta GA, October 15-17

The theme of the APF 2015 Annual Gathering will be the future of learning. The event will feature outstanding speakers, workshops, installations, and play. We will explore the major forces that are aligned to disrupt the world of formal and informal learning over the coming decade.

Come join us as we deconstruct and remix these myriad challenges and opportunities and do what we do best: generate not just future scenarios but ground-breaking concepts that could change the world. 

EARLY REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, Register online here. 

Contact Joe Tankersley ( with any questions. 

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2015 Most Significant Futures Works Awards Nominations 

The MSFW Core Team opened nominations for the 2015 Awards. Winners for the 2015 Most Significant Futures Works for publications completed from 2010 to 2014 will be announced at the APF Reception and Awards Presentation in San Franciso CA, Saturday July 25th. Rules for nominations can be found here. Works are nominated in three categories: Category 1 Advance the methodology and practice of foresight and futures studies; Category 2 Analyze a significant future issue; and Category 3 Illuminate the future through literary  or artistic works. 

If you wish to serve as a 2015 judge or have questions, please contact Andy Hines, MSFW Chair. 

2014 ORLANDO FLORIDA July 11 to 13
Professional Development Seminar: Engagement SOLD OUT

Join APF colleagues for an enlightening day of strategic foresight tools and ideas. Take your client work to the next level with immersive digital tools. 

When: Friday July 11, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Please be at Hilton front entrance at 7:40 am for bus transportation to venue, look for chief herder, Jim Breaux) 
Location: Purple, Rock, Scissors

Mike Courtney, Aperio Insights, Resarch engagement
Michael Parler, Purple, Rock Scissors, Digital Engagement
Trevor Haldenby, The Mission Business, Immersive Engagement

The day includes light breakfast and lunch, Friday July 11. Transportation supplied from hotel to/from event. 

Contact Jennifer Jarratt, Joe Tankersley or Emily Empel with questions.

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APF Annual Reception and Awards Presentation  
We will host a wonderful event in Orlando to welcome members and guests, and to honor awards recipients: Most Significant Futures Works, Student Recognition Project, and the second year of Emerging Fellows. Contact Joe Tankersley or Emily Empel with questions. Register here, and bring a guest! 

Reception Update! location information

Imperium Food and Wine, 606 Market St., Celebration FL 34747
About 6 miles from the Hilton so you will need to cab it or carpool.
Anyone wanting to cab share or if you have a car and can take others, gather around the Hilton concierge desk a few minutes before 6pm.
Jim Breaux will be the assigned cat herder to help organize rides and cabs.

Other APF Events in Orlando 
We still have a few hard copies of the beautiful Future of Futures book for sale, which will be at the WFS bookstore. Reserve your copy early! Only a dozen will be available. We plan an authors' signing table Saturday 3:30 to 5:00 pm. 

Plus we will have a limited number of copies of a special edition of Compass created for the WFS conference. Pick up your copy on Friday at the Professional Development Day or on Saturday evening at the Annual Reception.

Note: We will not have a Town Hall Meeting during Saturday's lunch (unlike past two years). 

APF Members Presenting at WFS Orlando: A Guide 

Each year the Association of Professional Futurists puts together a list of its members who will be speaking at the World Future Society’s annual conference. APF members have provided some of the best presentations at WFS each year, and this year looks to be no different!


This year features 26 presenters from the APF. This guide has been designed so you don’t miss any APF member sessions. Below you will find session and speaker information, as well as the schedule of APF speakers.


In addition to the APF member sessions, be sure to check out our special events, including:

  • The Pro Dev seminar on Friday
  • An APF book signing
  • The APF Reception and Recognition Program. 

You can register for the Pro Dev seminar (now sold out!) and APF Reception on this website.       


APF members presenting at WFS Orlando

  • Nicole Baker
  • Clem Bezold
  • Peter Bishop
  • Jim Breaux
  • Janine Cahill
  • Emily Empel
  • Cindy Frewen
  • Jay Gary
  • Jerry Glen
  • Fabienne Goux-Baudiment 
  • Joyce Gioia
  • Linda Groff
  • Glen Hiemstra
  • James Lee
  • Kate McCallum
  • Alex McManus
  • Kate Burgess-Meredith
  • Rex Miller
  • Robert Moran
  • Sara Robinson
  • Yvette Montero Salvatico
  • Laura Schlehuber
  • Rupam Shrivastava
  • Steven Seibert
  • John Smart
  • Frank Spencer
  • Jason Swanson
  • John Sweeney
  • Joe Tankersley 


Last Friday London Gathering:
Arctic Futures and the Postnormal Perspective

London futurists explored Arctic futures in an informative and served as the inaugural event for Last Fridays in London. Guy Yeomans, London futurist, and John Sweeney, University of Hawai'i - Manoa presented their research on this dynamic region.

When: 30 May 2014 430 pm to 700 pm
Where: The Futures Company

Contact Andrew Curry or Nick Price with questions.

Guy Yeomans, UK based futures consultant specialising in the Arctic, opened up the topical part of the session. Guy took on the hard job of translating a complex picture into a pragmatic primer for the subsequent postnormal futures session. He made good use of visualisations and graphics to avoid getting stuck in detail. This content seemed to be engaging for both members and non-members.

John Sweeney, from the University of Hawaii, then lead a two part presentation. First introducing the concept of postnormal futures and the three tomorrows method which went down well particularly with the APF members. Including hard futures content is good for that audience section. John then went into bridging the postnormal framework into the Arctic futures ground Guy had set up.

The third section was group work in three groups. Guy and John had some Arctic Futures scenario seeds for the groups to build out. Each group created a postcard visualisation of their possible future. This new format for APF events creates an intimate, high level learning dialogue for members and visiting futurists.  

2014 Gathering: Convergence in San Francisco March 31 - April 2

The APF’s Annual Gathering explored how the Maker Movement, Social Entrepreneurs, and the Collaborative Economy are converging to create emergent change.  The gathering took advantage of San Francisco’s rich resources with learning journeys to Impact Hub and TechShop, two organizations active in making and co-creating. Participants used narrative foresight tools to discuss what these changes may mean for society and the foresight profession. 

A fantastic time, among the best APF gatherings, which is saying a great deal. Thanks to Art Kleiner, Chris Ertel, Nancy Murphy, and Jason Tester (IFTF) for their excellent presentations.  

Special thanks to Christian Crews, APF Board Member and Gatherings Chair.
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2014 Most Significant Futures Works Awards Judging Underway

The MSFW Core Team has closed nominations for the 2014 Awards and the jury process is underway. Winners for the 2014 Most Significant Futures Works for publications completed from 2009 to 2013 will be announced at the APF Reception and Awards Presentation in Orlando Florida, Saturday July 12th. Rules for nominations can be found here. Works are nominated in three categories: Category 1 Advance the methodology and practice of foresight and futures studies; Category 2 Analyze a significant future issue; and Category 3 Illuminate the future through literary  or artistic works. 

If you wish to serve as a 2014 judge or have questions, please contact Andy Hines, MSFW Chair. 

2013 Most Significant Futures Works Awards

The MSFW nominations for the best futures works published from 2008-2012 were awarded at the APF's Reception and Awards Presentation in Chicago in July. The list of 2013 MSFW winners can be found here. The Core Committee thanks members who nominated publications. Nominated works include those that advance methodology and practice (seven nominations), analyze a significant futures issue (twelve nominations), or illuminate the future through literary or artistic works (four nominations). Awards were made at the Annual Reception, Saturday evening, 20 July 2013 in Chicago. Twenty member/judges reviewed 23 publications. For questions, contact Ken Harris, 2013 MSFW Chair. 

Emerging Fellows 2013-14 Speak Out #4futr
Check out the weekly blog posts by the 2013-14 Emerging Fellows. You will find exciting, thoughtful ideas about futures by new futurists who are still discovering her or his way into the field. They ponder deep ideas about their own futures, chase contagious futures, and question the direction of the field as well as other futures.
Simeon Spearman writes about "Big Data": 
Simeon Spearman
"My initial answer to the challenge of dogmatically data-driven deciders is to reiterate that at the end of the day, our value as futurists is to provide the “second derivative perspective,” or rather providing insights on how the rates of change are changing."   
Don't miss these weekly essays, posted Mondays on the Profutures blog


2014 Future Day March 1 - Six Organizations Unite

Future Day The Association of Professional Futurists joins other futures organizations to celebrate Future Day. Where ever you are at noon March 1, you can join us for an open discussion on foresight and futures studies. Catch the intro video here:

Register here: Future Day

2013 APF Events in Chicago July 19 - 21

The APF hosted three events in Chicago.
  • Friday all day: Pro Dev Seminar at Catalyst Ranch
  • Saturday lunch: Leadership Forum/Town Hall at the Chicago Hilton 720 South Restaurant
  • Saturday eve: Annual Reception & Awards at The Firehouse

Plus on Friday evening, Jim Breaux organized a river cruise, which was spectacular.

Here is a brochure of APF Chicago Events and APF at WFS Presenters' Schedule July 18 - 22. Thanks to Jason Swanson for creating the brochure.

2013 Pro Dev Seminar Friday July 19 #apfpd13

The APF Pro Dev Seminar was the best.  

At Pro Dev Day in Chicago, Friday July 19th, around 45 members explored via presentations and hands-on activities best practices and emergent ideas for strategic foresight. The Catalyst Ranch was absolutely amazing, a visual feast of color and artifacts. Thanks to Heather Schlegel or Jennifer Jarratt for creating a terrific experience!      

Here's the agenda (pdf). 

Annual Reception & Awards Saturday July 20 at The Firehouse!

At the APF annual reception Saturday eve July 20, 2013, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, over fifty people convened at the Firehouse in Chicago. The new Emerging Fellows and winners of the Student Recognition Project and the Most Important Futures Works winners were announced. Terry Grim, Foresight Alliance/University of Houston received a first place award for Category 1: "Advance the methodology and practice of foresight and futures studies" for her article in JFS on the Foresight Maturity Model.  Heather Schlegel and Jim Breaux were recognized for their exemplary student work. Emerging Fellow Bridgette Engeler-Newberry received her certificate. Congratulations to all! 

Leadership Forum/Round Table
Saturday July 20 Lunch at the Chicago Hilton

APF leaders held a round table discussion on the Future of Foresight Project and the APF's next Strategic Plan 2014 - 2016. The Future of Foresight essays are posted in the community section (members only, sign in required). and the current Strategic Plan (2011- 2013) being implemented is here. 

You can shape the field and the APF's role in it. The ideas discussed will be documented and posted for members. Planning for the next Strategic Plan will begin this fall. The FO Foresight white paper will be modified and made public shortly. Contact Cindy Frewen with questions.
Annual Gathering - Orlando Florida
Play: Simulations, Games, The Future 
2-4 May 2013 (Thursday to Saturday evening) #apfg13

At the 2013 APF Gathering, an historic number of people experienced one of the best gatherings filled with fantastic ideas, fun, and community. 

Wendy Schultz said, 

"a terrific and stimulating three days, exactly what I expect of our colleagues. The visits to IST and ADL were interesting and useful, and the Saturday workshop with Starr Long and Mary Flanagan enlightening and fun." 

Special thanks to all our speakers and the Gatherings Team!  

Gatherings Team: Christian Crews, Gatherings Chair/Board Member, Joe Tankersley, Cohost/Board Member or Emily Empel, Cohost for Orlando. 
Image: Wikipedia


Upcoming Events

24 Apr 2015 10:00 AM (UTC+01:00) • ARUP, 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T4BQ United Kingdom
24 Apr 2015 2:00 PM (UTC+01:00) • ARUP, 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T4BQ United Kingdom
15 Oct 2015 • Atlanta, GA

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