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Welcome to the Personal Futures Network!

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:

  1. Understand your life
  2. Explore plausible futures (personal scenarios)
  3. 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 future.
  • 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 for.
  • The 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 are free.
  • 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 Learning

 Personal Futures offers three types of learning:

Learn 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

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WINNER! APF 2012 "Most Important Futures Work"

Get Ready for YOUR Future!

This site 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 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.

Free Workbooks

The Personal 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.


Now 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 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

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

Click on the picture to see the author's web site in a separate window.

Student videos

During 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 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?

Speaking 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


 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: .