Spot News: The transformation of WFS is underway
Repositioning: The World Future Society has been busy laying the groundwork for a multi-year transformation of its organization into the world's premiere platform for nurturing and empowering futurists.
The following is the exciting changes:
New CEO and President: Dr. Amy Zalman
The Board of Directors has appointed Amy Zalman, Ph.D., as Chief Executive Officer and President. She will be only the third CEO to head WFS since it was founded in 1966.
A longtime supporter and member of WFS, Dr. Zalman, is widely recognized as an original thinker on potential futures of national security strategy in the digital age and strategic behavior on an evolving global landscape.
Dr. Zalman has significant experience identifying leaders and influencers in markets that range from military and national security to media and communications. Previously, she was the Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration and a professor of Strategic Studies at the National War College in Washington, D.C., educating future leaders of the Armed Forces, State Department, and other civilian agencies in national security policy and strategy. Prior to that, Dr. Zalman worked at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, now Leidos), a Washington, D.C., based science and technology firm, where she developed new market strategies and basic research projects in the government strategic communications sector.
As the founder of Oryx Communications, an intercultural communication and executive education firm, her outreach was global, providing advisory services and information products to organizations expanding in the Middle East and North Africa. Her Strategic Narrative website has been a key influencer in guiding strategy and communications for governments as well as the private sector.
New Chairman of the Board: Eric Meade
The World Future Society has a new Board of Directors Chair, Eric Meade. Eric, brings to the position his diverse experiences in the U.S. and Asia as a professional futurist, businessman, entrepreneur and naval officer. Currently, as a principal at Expotential Consulting, LLC, he works as an executive coach and futurist in the health, human services and human development sectors.
From 2008 until earlier this year, Eric was vice president and senior futurist at the Institute for Alternative Futures, where he conducted futures projects for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Oxfam America, and other clients.
Generational Global Advisory Council
As the World Future Society continues to expand, it is more important than ever to ensure all generations are included in the future of the organization. It is with that in mind that WFS has created a new group, the Generational Global Advisory Council (GGAC).
The GGAC is made up of 14 young, industry-leading members, each volunteering their passion and vision towards bringing the WFS into the future.
First College Chapter
The World Future Society is pleased to announce its first university chapter, established at Yale University this fall.
The World Future Society looks forward to working closely with the Yale Chapter to develop activities, speaker events and conferences designed to serve the interests of the next generation of futurists.
A. Introduction of WFS
* WFS is a non-profit educational and scientific organization, founded in 1966, the headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, and its members come from over 100 countries around the world. The WFS has 5-6 types of electronic & paper magazines, and the annual conference is held at the end of July.
* Now there are more than 10,000 paying members; 38,000 free email contacts; nearly 1,000 experts in 30 Chapters; the magazine will be published by Sagy.
* The establishment of the China Chapter is approved the WFS on April 18, 2012.
* Theme of WorldFuture 2011: Moving from Vision to Action, with 1000 participants worldwide, over 20 sessions and 125 speakers
* Theme of WorldFuture 2012: Dream. Design. Develop. Deliver
* Theme of WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon
* Theme of WorldFuture 2014: What If
B. Directors and Global Advisory Council
C. Public Sector Foresight Network
D. China Chapter’s Activity
E. Futurists’ Worldwide 24-Hour Discussion to Celebrate World Future Day March 1st
More details of this news are available at World Future Day and its Website: http://futureday.org/