Verne Wheelwright, Ph.D.
Verne Wheelwright is an internationally recognized professional in the field of Foresight and Futures Studies. He is the author of the award winning book It’s Your Future… Make it a Good One! (now in five languages), The Personal Futures Workbook, and the Small Business Foresight Workbook. He has published articles in a number of professional journals and other publications. Dr. Wheelwright has conducted workshops and addressed audiences in major cities across the U.S. He has also spoken to audiences internationally, including Turkey, Denmark, India, Australia, Japan, Canada and other countries.
In 2006, Wheelwright was awarded a PhD. from Leeds Metropolitan University for his groundbreaking research in the application of futures methods to individual lives. That research led to the development of The Personal Futures Workbook, which provides detailed worksheets and explanations that lead individuals through the same futuring process used successfully by major businesses and institutions worldwide for decades. The workbook was tested in workshop settings, then made available to the general public as a free download at Wheelwright’s web site, www.personalfutures.net. The workbook has been translated into several languages and is used as a text in colleges and universities.
Topics that Wheelwright presents are usually related to personal futures, including:
Personal Futures, Step-by-Step
Strategies for a Very Long Life
Leadership: The Long Term Perspective
Small Business Foresight
Dr. Wheelwright’s book, It’s Your Future… Make it a Good One! offers a detailed explanation of how futures methods can be effectively applied to anyone’s personal life. The book offers insights into how futures methods work and is intended to help individuals develop a long term perspective not only in their personal lives but also in their careers. The book is written to be useful to people of all ages, from teenagers to octogenarians and has been translated into several languages.
Wheelwright earned his Doctoral Degree from Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), a Master’s degree in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston (UHCL), and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.
Wheelwright is an active member of the Association of Professional Futurists and a member and Fellow of the World Future Studies Federation. His business and personal travels have taken him to over fifty different countries, offering him insights and an awareness of worldwide cultures that underlies his approach to Foresight and Futures Studies.
Publications by Verne Wheelwright, Ph.D.
(2018)- “What Makes a Change Event Important in Your Life?” The Blueprint on the Future Role of the PA/EA, PAFSA September 2018
(2014)- “Adventures in Personal Genomics.” The Futurist. May-June 2014. 43-45.
(2013)- “Leadership and Long Term Perspective.” Me Inc. Magazine. April, 10-11.
(2010) – “Career Development for a Very Long Life.” Career Planning and Adult Development Journal.26 (2) 82-88.
(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,13 (4) 91-104
(2007) “Future Pathways: Using Futures Methods for Personal Strategic Learning.”
(With: Jeff Gold). AHRD International Research Conference. Conference paper.
(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
(2019) Small Business Foresight. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2017) It’s Your Future…Make It a Good One! Arabic translation by Yahia Tahir, Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2015) Small Business Foresight. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2015) Prospectiva Para Pequeñas Empresas. Translación Dra. Guillermina Baena Paz and Psic. Alethia Berenice Montero. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2014) Uluhlu Lwencwadi Yokufundisa nge Kamva Lomntu. Translation Mphathi Nyewe.
Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2014) キミの人生だ…いいものにしよう！Translation Kazuo Mizuta. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2014) キミの人生だ…いいものにしよう！(Workbook)Translation Kazuo Mizuta. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2013) Un Taller de Futuros Personales. Translation Guillermina Baena Paz and Alethia Berenice Montero. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2012) YOUR Workbook. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2012) Es Tu Futuro… ¡Hazlo Bueno! Translation Guillermina Baena Paz and Alethia Berenice Montero. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2012) O SENIN Geleceğin. Translation Ufuk Tarhan and Füsüsn Kiliçturgay. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2011) Small Business Foresight. www.personalfutures.net. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2011) “The Power of the Long Term Perspective.” In Wagner, Cynthia, (ed.) Moving from Vision to Action. Bethesda: World Future Society.
(2011) The Personal Futures Workbook, Fourth Edition (PDF) www.personalfutures.net. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(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, www.fastfuture.com.
(2010) Dein persӧnliches Arbeitsbuch für deine Zukunft, translation by Mady Host and Cornelia Rheinhold. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.
(2008) Personal Futures Workbook, Third Edition (PDF) www.personalfutures.net. 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.
(2006) A Personal Futures Workbook, Second Edition. 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.
Since My Name is On this Web Site...
I will start with some introduction for those of you who don't know me and an update for old friends who have happened upon this page.
Since 1976, I have owned my own business, engaged in exporting various commodities to many parts of the world. In 1997, I went back to school--first to study for an MBA, then a change of plans because I found what I had always needed in business; a way to understand and anticipate the future. In 2000 I received an MS in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston Clear Lake.
I was impressed with the success of the methods I had learned, but felt they should be available to everyone, not just large organizations. With that in mind, I went on to do research to make futurist's methods available to anyone who wanted to use them, preferably at very low or no cost. For that research, I received a PhD. and since have been writing and speaking about Personal Futures in many parts of the world.
For those of you who found this website and are wondering if this is the Verne Wheelwright they know, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest; first in Grangeville, Idaho, then in the Portland, Oregon area (Milwaukie and Tigard). I raised two boys, Peter (deceased) and Chris (Police officer in Portland), then moved to Texas in 1985.
My interests in Personal Futuring and writing grew, and I eventually retired my export business in 2008 to devote full time to writing, speaking, and conducting workshops about Personal Futures. Lots of examples on this web site. Not all the writing has been about the future, as I have written and published a number of short stories, which you will find on another page.
The Rio Grande Valley Byliners is a writers' club in Harlingen Texas. Over the past few years, the Byliners have published books of short stories written by Byliners' members.
Tales Told at Midnight Along the Rio Grande
Published in 2006, this book includes stories and poems by eighteen authors. Many of the stories are about mysterious or unexplainable events. Verne Wheelwright has three short stories in this book. Below, you can download a copy of "The Afternoon Walk," The Headless Horseman of the Wild Horse Desert," and/or "Viper's Revenge."
Collected Tales from the Rio Grande
Published in 2010, twenty-seven writers contributed stories and poems about the Rio Grande Valley. Verne Wheelwright has three short stories in this book. Below, you can download a copy of "Hannah and the Sweeties," "Family Secret, " and "The War Bride." You can order this book from Amazon.com.