The Futures Studies Bookshelf is a work-in-progress being developed as a resource for the WFSF membership and the wider community.
It began as a call to the members to send in lists of their most highly recommended books in the field of futures studies and foresight. Because of the large number of responses, including some in languages other than English, this compilation has the potential to become a substantial multi-lingual resource.
As an initial step in categorising the large number of recommended futures books published in English, they are being placed into a time-line according to their date of publication. It was thought that this might indicate what kind of conceptual development has occurred, if any, in terms of types of books published over the last fifty years since the early emergence of futures studies as an academic and professional field.
The basic list of books could also be categorised in several other possible ways, for example according to:
- special interest themes (e.g. educational futures, food futures, energy futures and so on);
- underlying paradigm (e.g. positivist, critical, integral): or
- general orientation (e.g. philosophical, methodological, practitioner-oriented).
Members are invited to volunteer to contribute to the further development of this project in several ways.
Firstly, we would like to have one person from each language group to coordinate the futures contributions from their language. Please feel free to suggest additional language groups if you know of futures material in other languages.
As a second step, we would like to invite members interested in particular special interest themes to volunteer to develop special interest bibliographies in consultation with other members.
Thirdly, if anyone is interested in more philosophical/theoretical tasks, they may wish to volunteer to recategorise the books according to type of orientation or paradigmatic approach.
Contributions to the Futures Studies Bookshelf Project so far...
So far over thirty WFSF members have made contributions to this project. Several Executive Board members (Roger Caldwell, Stuart Candy, Natalie Dian, Ruben Nelson and Jose Ramos) and Communication Team members (Reed Riner and Maya van Leemput) have contributed ideas in relation to the ongoing organization of the project.
The following WFSF Members have contributed lists of recommended futures and foresight books:
Antonio Alonso Concheiro, Guillermina Baena Paz, Barbara Bok, Stuart Candy, Ian Cairncross, Guenter Clar, Jim Dator, Jerome Glenn, Hans Georg Graf, Marco Vinicio Guzmán, Aharon Hauptman, Lucio Mauricio Henao, Sohail Inayatullah, Vuokku Jarva, Erik Kemp-Benedict, Ivana Milojevic, Francisco José Mojica, Vahid V. Motlagh, Erzsebet Novaky, Jean Paul Pinto, Reed Riner, Larry Taub, Victor Tiberius, Patrick van der Duin, Javier Vitale, Joseph Voros.
Melbourne Management Team: Barbara Bok, Jose Ramos (Executive Board) and Jennifer Gidley (President).
Project Coordinator: Barbara Bok, Please contact Barbara if you wish to make updates to the Bookshelf.