Everyone is interested in what the future of mankind will be like. Through the choices each of us makes, we determine whether tomorrow's world will be a better place for humans to live. The purpose of futures studies is to investigate the various kinds of futures that are possible. By utilizing the results of futures research to make well-informed choices, humans can exert a positive influence on their own destiny.
The Finnish Society for Futures studies was established in 1980 on the recommendation of the government's Central Board of Research Councils. Fourteen Finnish institutions of higher education were the founding members, and 14 additional institutions and over 700 individuals have since joined the society.
Honorary memberships have been offered to Prof. Pekka Jauho of the Finnish Academy and Prof. Kaarlo Hartiala, Prof. Georg Henrik von Wright, Prof. Sven Krohn, Minister Sakari T. Lehto, Prof. Matti Vapaavuori, Prof. Pentti Malaska, Prof. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Prof. Ilkka Virtanen and Prof. Olavi Borg.
The Finnish Society for Futures Studies aims to influence the long-term development of Finnish society by advancing futures research and its utilization in our country. Our efforts in promoting futures studies focus on the following objectives:
Since its establishment the society has, as the only body of its kind in Finland, played a unifying role among Finnish researchers connected to the field. It has coordinated futures-related research across a broad range of academic disciplines. The traditional activities of the society have included a major annual seminar in the summer and a regular series of meetings and seminars during the academic year.
As a member of the World Futures Studies Federation and the World Future Society, the Society has encouraged Finnish participation in conferences and other international activities in the field.
The society has also been keenly interested in the activities of the Club of Rome. In 1984, the society established the Finnish Committee of the Club of Rome to insure close ties with this international organization. The committee's three-fold aim is to maintain contact to the Club and publicize its activities in Finland; to relay information on Finnish research and public debate back to the Club; and to discuss the evolution of Finland's role in the global community.
All members receive the society's journal Futura, four times a year. The magazine contains feature articles, research reports, and seminar presentations and functions as a forum for the exchange of information and opinion. Other publications.
Those interested in obtaining more information on the society, please contact:
Hazel Salminen, Secretary General