This web site is the result of several years of research conducted toward
a PhD. dissertation in Personal Futures. My interest in personal futures began while I was in the Master's program in Studies
of the Future at the University of Houston Clear Lake. I became aware that although business and government had been using
futures methods for decades, there was little evidence of these methods being used by individuals.
early part of my research revealed that the primary barrier to individuals was the complexity of the research process, the
process of collecting information in order to create scenarios. The intent of the research and the dissertation was to reduce
that complexity and enable individuals to make effective use of futures methods. This site is intended to help individuals
like yourself to understand and prepare for the future.
In order to stay current and active in the Futures community, I am a member of the Association of Professional
Futurists (www.profuturists.org), the World Future Society (www.wfs.org) and the World Future Studies Federation (www.wfsf.org). I also have contributed to sections of the
Shaping Tomorrow web site(www.shapingtomorrow.com) and written articles for journals, books and other publications including FO/futureorientation, Futures Research
Quarterly, Foresight, and The Futurist.(www.cifs.dk/en/).
intent of this web site is to help you and others to understand futures concepts and methods. These methods can be applied
to your own life, helping you to plan for your own future while learning how to think long-term in all aspects of your life,
including your career.
I hope you will benefit from this information.
Verne Wheelwright, Ph.D.
Recently I was inerviewed on Blog Talk Radio
by Dr. Robert
Rose on his program, "Rewiring Your Brain." You can listen to the interview below. Just click the arrow...
(2003) "Ageing: a personal futures perspective", Foresight, 5
(2000) "A Profession
in the Future?" Futures, 32 913-918.
(2000) "Software for Futurists - Scanning", Futures Research Quarterly,
16 (2) 63-70.
Books, book sections,
chapters or essays
It’s Your Future…Make It a Good One! Personal Futures Network, Harlingen.
(2010) – “Strategies for a Long Life.” In Wagner, Cynthia,
(ed), Strategies and Technologies for a Sustainable Future. Bethesda: World Future Society.
(2010) “New Era – New Careers – New Challenges”
In: Talwar, R. and Hancock, T. The Shape of Jobs to Come. Fast Future Research, www.fastfuture.com.(2008)
Personal Futures Workbook, (PDF) www.personalfutures.net. Personal Futures Network, Harlingen
(2006) The Personal Futures Workshop- CD Edition, Personal Futures
(2006)Facilitator’s and Educators Guide to the Personal Futures Workbook,Personal Futures
Futures Workbook, Personal Futures Network, Harlingen.
(2004) "Your Map to the Future", In: Shostak, A. (ed.). Tackling Tomorrow Today,
Langhorne, PA:Chelsea House Publishers.
(2001) Research Information Management with Biblioscape, C. G. Information.
(1999) "The Mont Fleur Scenarios", In:
Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J. (ed.). Factors Required for Successful Implementation of Futures Research in Decision Making,
Atlanta:Army Environmental Policy Institute 15-7.
(1999) "The Slidell Priorities Convention", In: Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J.
(ed.). Factors Required for Successful Implementation of Futures Research in Decision Making, Atlanta:Army Environmental Policy Institute 26-7.
(1999) "San Angelo Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) Project",
In: Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J. (ed.). Factors Required for Successful Implementation of Futures Research in Decision
Making, Atlanta: Army Environmental Policy Institute 27-9.
Thesis / Dissertation
(2006) Personal Futures: Foresight & Futures Studies for Individuals. 1-278. PhD
Dissertation, Leeds Metropolitan University,Faculty of Business and Law.
(2000) Professionalization of Futurists:
Plausible Scenarios for the Future. Master’s Thesis. University of Houston Clear Lake, School of Studies of the
I have been speaking
to large and small groups in the U.S. and overseas, and have been well received, at least judging from audience
enthusiasm, participation and questions. I have written a new book, It's YOUR Future... Make it a Good
One! and developed a comprehensive workbook, specifically for individuals, schools or businesses.
If you are interested in having
me speak to your or in organizing a workshop, please contact me at (firstname.lastname@example.org). I speak on a number
of other topics related to the future.
The Personal Futures Workbook
is available as a FREE download on the "Downloads" page.