About this issue
THE FUTURIST publishes articles and reports
dealing with (1) significant social and techno-
logical trends and informed forecasts about
where they may lead, (2) methods for using
information about future possibilities in deci-
sion making, (3) other topics of interest to
Seeing the Future through Multiple Eyes
people seeking greater success in the future The theme of the World Future Society’s 2008 conference, “Seeing
for their organizations and themselves.
the Future Through New Eyes,” was a particularly apt one, for when
EDITORIAL POLICY: THE FUTURIST takes
no official position on what will happen in we use each other to see different points of view, new potential dan-
the future or what should happen. Articles gers and opportunities become clearer to us.
represent the views of the authors, not those
of THE FUTURIST or of its sponsor, the World
In this issue of THE FUTURIST, the editors highlight a few of the new
Future Society. The editors deliberately seek perspectives shared at the conference as seen through the “lenses” of
out alternative views on controversial topics in society and culture, business and careers, health and wellness, learning
the interest of furthering readers’ understand-
ing of important issues. and education, technology and science, resources and the environment,
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Clement Bezold and governance and communities. See the article on page 54.
(Government), Tsvi Bisk (Strategic Thinking), In addition to these highlights, we also share one of the conference
Irving H. Buchen (Training), Peter Eder (Mar- presentations: “The Globalization of Crime” by Stephen Aguilar-Millan,
keting and Communications), Joyce Gioia-
Herman (Workforce/Workplace), Barbara Joan E. Foltz, John Jackson, and Amy Oberg (page 41).
Marx Hubbard (Images of Man), Andrew In future issues, we plan to offer more features that draw from the
Lawler (Space), Joseph P. Martino (Tech-
wealth of perspectives and expertise at WFS conferences; in the
nological Forecasting), Jay S. Mendell (Inno-
vation), William L. Renfro (Issues Manage- meantime, we invite you to browse highlights of the 2008 meeting
ment), Arthur B. Shostak (Utopian Thought), online, purchase a copy of the conference volume, order audio CDs
David P. Snyder (Lifestyles), Gene Stephens
(Criminal Justice), Gary Sycalik (Problematic
or MP3s of your favorite sessions, and get a head start on next year’s
Futures), Timothy Willard (Biofutures). conference by registering now at www.wfs.org/2009main.htm.
EDITORIAL STAFF: Edward Cornish, Editor; ♦♦♦
Cynthia G. Wagner, Managing Editor; Patrick On a personal note, I must sadly note the death of my mother and
Tucker, Senior Editor; Aaron M. Cohen, Rick
Docksai, Editorial/Administrative Assistants; longtime FUTURIST reader, Marjory J. Wagner, on August 3. One of
Lane Jennings, Research Director; Sarah my guiding principles in editi