Welcome to the Personal
Methods for learning about the future have been in use by businesses for decades, but the process was simply too
complex for most individuals. The Personal Futures Network introduces some new, easily understood approaches that will
help you think and plan like a futurist. You will be able learn about and plan for your personal futures.
Think like a futurist? What does that really mean, think like a futurist?
Well, each futurist may have some different thoughts, but generally futurists think about longer term futures, usually 10
or more years ahead. Futurists believe that the future is not predetermined, but that several futures are possible. If several
futures are possible, then one of those futures may be better than the others, or a "preferred" future. Very important;
futurists believe that individuals or groups can take actions in the present that will help determine the future.
That brief paragraph helps explain why most futurists don't make predictions about the future, but rather
suggest multiple possible futures, often in the form of "scenarios" or stories about the future.
The next page, Personal Futures offers a brief outline showing
how to use futures methods to explore and prepare for YOUR future in three steps:
- Understand your life
- Explore plausible futures (personal scenarios)
- Plan to achieve the future you want (personal strategic planning)
Pages on this web site
- The PERSONAL FUTURES page describes the overall
process of exploring your own future, including the three key steps: Personal Research, Creating Personal Scenarios and Developing
a Strategic Plan that will lead you to the future you have chosen.
- The LIFE STAGES page is the first step in understanding the rest
of your life and the lives of your family members. Here you will develop images of your future.
- The PERSONAL DOMAINS page describes
and explains the six primary driving forces in your life. Here you will learn how each of these forces will affect your
- The LIFE EVENTS page discusses events that will probably occur in your life that can, in many cases
be anticipated. This section helps you to understand the different kinds of life events and which events you should prepare
FOUR SCENARIOS page will show you how to create scenarios and stories about your futures. With the information from your personal
framework you will construct four scenarios that describe your plausible (including one about wild cards) futures.
- The STRATEGIC
PLAN page is where you will create a vision of your future, then develop plans and strategies to achieve that future. Finally,
you will create contingency plans, just in case a wild card pops up.
- The AUTHOR page explains the who, how and why relating to the creation
and future of this site.
- The DOWNLOADS pages offer the most recent version of the Personal Futures Workbook
as well as the new Small Business Foresight workbook. These downloads
- The BOOKS AND ARTICLES page lists some books and articles theat
you may find interesting and helpful as you explore the future. Links to web sites that relate to Personal Futures will also
be on this page.
Personal Futures offers
three types of learning:
about your own future
Learn to think long term
Learn to use futures methods
These three types of learning are
important not only in your personal life, but also in your career. Explore this site, and see what you think.
|Verne Wheelwright, Istanbul, November 2008
|WINNER! APF 2012 "Most Important Futures Work"
Get Ready for YOUR Future!
is about planning for your future.
You will find a system
that uses the same methods that futurists have used for decades in business and government. This is not advice about how to
run your life, but methods and tools that will let you anticipate and plan for your future.
It’s YOUR Future... Make It A Good One!
Selected by the Association of Professional Futurists as a "Most
Important Futures Work"
This book is the "how
and why" of Personal Futures. Each chapter explores concepts and methods for exploring the future, then shows how to
apply those methods in your own life. Examples are provided, showing how to fill in worksheets in the workbook. Over 100 diagrams,
tables and examples are included. At the end, you should have a good understanding of futures concepts and methods; tools
that you can use for the rest of your life. It's YOUR Future... is now available in paperback at Amazon.com and most
online bookstores. Click on the picture of the book below to view the table of
contents and read the first chapter or order the book.
Futures Workbook will lead you step-by-step through the personal futuring process. The new Small
Business Foresight workbook will do the same for your business. Visit the "Free Downloads".
The free downloads make these workbooks available to everyone, everywhere, at the same price, free. These
new editions include new worksheets, more graphics, and parallel the book, It's YOUR Future... Make it a
Good One! The Workbooks are in PDF, so you can fill in and save your information on your computer.
Translations of the Personal Futures Workbook are available
in Spanish, German, Xhosa, Japanese.
Available in Spanish,Turkish, Japanese, and Arabic!
It's YOUR Future... Make it
a Good One! has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and Arabic and is now available at http://www.amazon.com/ and most other on-line bookstores.
O Senin Gelecegin is the Turkish title, translated by Ufuk Tarhan and
Fusun Kilicturgay, with a forward by Ufuk Tarhan. Paperback books are available now at Amazon.com.
Es TU Futuro
is the Spanish title, translated by Dra. Guillermina Baena Paz and Psic. Alethia Berenice Montero, with a forward by Dra.
Baena Paz. Paperback books, Kindle-books and a workbook are all available now on Amazon.com.
|Click on the picture to see the author's web site in a separate window.
2015, I was a guest lecturerer at Technologico de Monterrey, the largest university in Mexico
with 31 campus sites. The classes I taught introduced students to the methods of futures and foresight using Personal Futures
and Small Business Foresight. Classes where I lectured were each in different cities where Technologico had a campus, and
were delivered to classrooms in ten or more locations by live video, so students were able to ask and answer questions.
These classes were for third and fourth year Business school students, using the Personal Futures Workbook and the Small Business
Foresight workbook (available as free downloads on this website). At the end of each semester, students were asked to create
5-7 minute videos about what they had learned. Many of these videos were posted on YouTube and other sites, in categories
including "Personal Futures" and "Prospectiva Personal."
You may find some
of them quite interesting!
I also have videos on YouTube, just search for "Verne Wheelwright."
What is Future Studies?
What does it mean to be a futurist?
What is going to change?
about the future...
Over the past several years,
groups have contacted me and invited me to speak about Personal Futures. I have enjoyed each of those opportunities. If you are interested in
a speaker for your organization, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I spoke about "Leadership
and the Long Term Perspective" at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai Here's a clip from that meeting on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moy4X2hLoVo .