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Verne Wheelwright, PhD.

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.

The 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.

For more information on my books and writing, please visit

In order to stay current and active in the Futures community, I am a member of the Association of Professional Futurists ( and the World Future Studies Federation ( I also have contributed to sections of the Shaping Tomorrow web site( and written articles for journals, books and other publications including FO/futureorientation, Futures Research QuarterlyForesight, the Journal of Futures Studies, and The Futurist.

The intent of this web site is to help you and others to understand futures concepts and methods. These methods, used so successfully by large organizations, 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...

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A few months earlier, I was interviewed

by Steve Saenz on Copernicus Radio

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Articles, books and papers about Foresight and Futures Studies by Verne Wheelwright
(2010) – “Strategies for Living a Very Long Life,” The Futurist. November-December.
(2010) – “The Next Wave”, Journal of Futures Studies. 14(4): 107-114
(2009) - “Personal Futures: a Research Method for Individuals”, In: Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J. (ed.). Futures Research Methodology 3.0.
(2009) -“Futures for Everyone”, Journal of Futures Studies,

(2006) “Personal Strategic Planning”, FO/futureorientation, 06 34-36.

(2006) “The Forces That Drive Our Lives”, FO/futureorientation, 04 56-59.
(2006) “A Personal approach to Strategic Foresight”, The Futurist, September-October.

(2006) “Your Personal Future: A Step By Step Guide”, The Futurist, May June.

(2006) “Images of the Future”, FO/futureorientation, 03 44-46.
(2006) “Personal Futures”, FOfutureorientation 01 73-75
(2003) "Ageing: a personal futures perspective", Foresight, 5 (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
(2010) 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, Personal Futures Workbook, (PDF) Personal Futures Network, Harlingen
(2006) The Personal Futures Workshop- CD Edition, Personal Futures Network, Harlingen.
(2006)  Facilitator’s and Educators Guide to the Personal Futures Workbook,  Personal Futures Network, Harlingen.
(2005) Personal 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 Future.


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 book, It's YOUR Future... Make it a Good One! and developed a comprehensive workbook, specifically for individuals, schools or small businesses.
If you are interested in having me speak to your or in organizing a workshop, please contact me at ( I speak on a number of topics related to the future.

The Personal Futures Workbook is available as a FREE download on the "Downloads" page.


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