WFSF Awards have been granted since 1994 to individuals, groups and institutions at the forefront of futures studies and research.
Recent WFSF Awards include:
For International Women's Day 2017, WFSF honoured two inspiring women.
WFSF International Women's Day Global Award 2017: Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, an inspiring Maasai woman educator from Kenya.
WFSF President's Outstanding Woman Futurist 2017: Dr Dana Klisanin, an innovative psychologist from New York.
In 2016 the WFSF Executive Board inaugurated a new award:
"WFSF International Women's Day Global Award" to recognise and honour exceptional women who are doing outstanding "futures-oriented work" in the world, while not necessarily aware of WFSF and our work or even the futures studies field itself.
This award will recognise achievements in such areas as:
• Outstanding contributions to building futures-oriented knowledge and wisdom in the least developed countries;
• Advancement of humanitarian causes through innovative, forward-thinking;
• Advancement of the rights of women through innovative, forward-thinking;
• Advancement of the rights of young people through innovative, forward-thinking;
• Outstanding contributions to building futures-oriented knowledge and wisdom in troubled regions of the world.
For International Women's Day 2016, WFSF honoured three outstanding women.
WFSF International Women's Day Global Award 2016: Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Photo Left).
WFSF President's Outstanding Woman Futurist 2016: Professor Guillermina Baena Paz, Mexico.
WFSF President's Outstanding Young Woman Futurist 2016: Alethia Berenice Montero, Mexico.
WFSF President's Outstanding Woman Futurist Award: presented to Dr. Professor Erzsébet Nováky, Budapest, Hungary, on International Women's Day 2015.
Photo Left: Professor Erzsébet Nováky receiving the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic from the Hungarian President 2012.
WFSF Award for Futures Institutions: Presented to UEFISCDI Bucharest, Romania and accepted by Director of UEFISCDI Professor Adrian Curaj.
WFSF President's Outstanding Woman Futurist Award: Presented to Emeritus Professor Eleonora Masini, Rome, Italy, on International Women's Day 2014.
Photo Left: Adrian Curaj introducing the 21st WFSF World Conference
In 2013 the WFSF President, Dr. Jennifer Gidley, inaugurated two new awards:
1. "WFSF President's Outstanding Woman Futurist Award" to be awarded each year on International Women's Day 8th March.
This award will recognise achievements in such areas as:
• Advancement of futures thinking in the least developed countries;
• Advancement of humanitarian causes through the concepts and methods of futures studies;
• Advancement of the rights of women through the concepts and methods of futures studies;
• Advancement of the rights of young people through the concepts and methods of futures studies;
• Advancement of the philosophies, theories, methods and practices that strengthen and enrich the field of futures studies.
2. ""WFSF President's Outstanding Young Futurist Award" to be awarded from time to time when a young person, under 35, shows outstanding achievements in futures studies.
WFSF President's Inaugural Outstanding Woman Futurist Award: Presented to Dr. Maya Van Leemput, Antwerp, Belgium on International Women's Day
WFSF President's Inaugural Outstanding Young Futurist Award: Presented to Victor Vahidi Motlagh, Tehran, Iran at the WFSF 40th Anniversary Dinner, Bucharest, 2013.
Photo Left: Victor Vahidi Motti, Tehran, Iran.
WFSF Lifetime Achievement Award. Wendell Bell: 24th August 2005, Hungary.
WFSF-Futures Awards Winners: Mitchell Gold and KASAMA-KA
Mitchell Gold, of the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), and KASAMA-KA, a federation of small fisherfolk in Cauayan, Neg. Occ., Philippines, have recently been chosen as the recipients of the 2001 WFSF-Futures Awards for creating futures-conscious organizations and communities, both for the individual and institutional categories, respectively. They were formally presented with their awards during the 17th WFSF World Conference at Brasov, Romania in September of 2001.
Mitchell Gold, who was nominated by IAEWP founder Charles Mercieca, was cited for his "1% Solution" proposal, already supported around the world by such dignitaries as Federico Mayor, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Dr. Young Seek Choue, and T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen, among others.
The 1% solution is a voluntary global tax implemented through a Brand Label Marketing Strategy. The program strategy is built around the Culture of Peace initiatives of both UNESCO and the United Nations and satisfies the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspectives of individuals.
KASAMA KA is an organization of small fishermen who formed themselves to conserve and protect the coastal environment and to provide themselves and their families with additional livelihood, in the face of widespread environmental destruction and massive poverty, pro-actively creatiing a futures-conscious organisation and community by their efforts. KASAMA KA's "A Catalyst in Creating Futures-Concious Coastal Organizations and Communities".
In 1999, as stated on the WFSF Website at the time:
"The WFSF-Futures Awards is a joint project of the World Futures Studies Federation and the prestigious international, Futures, published in the United Kingdom by Elsevier. The Awards recognise excellence in futures studies, futures-oriented thinking and futures-creating activities globally. Given, biennually, the first awardees in 1999 were Eleonora Barbieri Masini of Italy, Tamkang University of Taiwan and the Futures Foundation of Australia."
WFSF Award for Futures Institutions:
The Futures Foundation, Australia;
Tamkang University, Taiwan: "one of the two universities in the world that won the WFSF Award for Futures Institutions in recognition of Tamkang University's untiring endeavor in promoting Futures Studies in Taiwan in the past three decades."
Individual contributions: WFSF Lifetime Achievement Award
Eleonora Barbieri Masini: for "outstanding achievement and acknowledgement of her many contributions to the field of futures studies and to the well being of humankind."
Institutional contributions: Future Generations Alliance Foundation.
Individual contributions: Elise Boulding.
Club of Rome;
Hawaii Research Centre for Futures Studies.
Futures Projects contributions:
Creation of the Delphi Method (Helmer, Dalkey, Gordon);
Future-oriented program by UNESCO.
Bertrand de Jouvenel, Peter Moll.
Other futures activities contributions:
World Future Society; Social Inventions.
"In 1993 the World Futures Studies Federation inaugurated three categories of awards for outstanding futures research on the part of individuals and organisatons." Extract from Wendell Bell (1996) Foundations of Futures Studies.