The WFSF is dedicated to stimulating awareness of the urgent need for long-term thinking in government, policy, civil and educational institutions, to resolve complex local, national, regional and global problems.It encourages and promotes the development of futures studies as a trans-disciplinary academic and professional field in all parts of the world.It brings together academics, researchers, practitioners, students and futures-focused institutions from 60 countires.The objectives of WFSF are :
to provide a forum where stimulation, exchange and examination of ideas, visions and plans for alternative, long-term futures can take place;
to make further studies of the future as a field of intellectual and political activity concerning all sectors of psychological, social, economic, political and cultural life;
to encourage innovative interdisciplinary analysis and critical thinking among all peoples;
to promote a higher level of futures consciousness in general;
to encourage democratization of future-oriented thinking and acting;
to stimulate awareness of the urgent need for futures studies in governments and international organizations and other decision-making and educational groups and institutions so as to resolve problems at local, national, regional and global levels.
The WFSF acts as an information forum. It organizes world conferences; regional colloquia; seminars; summer schools; "European Futures Studies Course" and "Asia Pacific Futures Studies Course" along with other courses on futures studies, including annual workshops and courses for post-graduate students. It associates with other centres carrying out future-relevant research activities and with futures-oriented journals.
The WFSF coordinates research, giving priority to;
education towards the future;
cultural aspects of the future of peace;
future of political institutions;
future of communication and information;
changing structures of social support;
future of development;
methods of social forecasting and design.