FEDERATION MONDIALE POUR LES ETUDES SUR LE FUTUR

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Mme Jennifer Gidley, Présidente

President

1. Jen official small - Version 2Dr. Jennifer Gidley was elected President of the World Futures Studies Federation in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 to serve a second four-year term. Jennifer has held academic positions within three Australian universities: Southern Cross University (1995-2001); Swinburne University (2003-2006); and RMIT University (2008-2012); and now holds visiting academic positions at European universities and research institutes. Jennifer's global research, speaking and consulting invitations have taken her beyond Australia to Europe (Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain & Sweden), the USA, Egypt and Asia (Malaysia, Shanghai & Taiwan).

Jennifer's academic career in futures studies and research builds on her professions as a Registered Psychologist and innovative educator in all educational levels and sectors. She has positively influenced the lives of many hundreds of adults, children and young people through her innovations in education.

Her professional and academic achievements in innovative course development include pioneering the online component of the Masters of Science in Strategic Foresight, Swinburne University, Melbourne (2003-2006).
An internationally recognized researcher on educational and youth futures, Jennifer's publications include co- editing: The University in Transformation (2000); and Youth Futures (2002); and co-authoring: Futures in Education: Principles, Practices and Potential (2004). She has co-edited two special issues of Futures including: "Educational Futures" (2012) and "Global Mindset Change" (2010). She has published over 50 academic papers and serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and is writing: Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Planetary Futures (Springer) and Global Knowledge Futures (SUNY).

Core Research Expertise & Interests

• Educational futures (school and higher education)
• Postformal psychology and the futures of thinking
• Re-imagining sustainable city futures
• Global youth futures

Selected International Speaking Presentations (2009-2013)

• "Where to Tomorrow for Futures Studies?" – Co-Convenor & Plenary Speaker, 21st World Futures Studies Federation World Conference. Bucharest, Romania, June 26-28, 2013
• "Evolution of Consciousness and Paradigm Change" – Invited Plenary Speaker, Club of Budapest 20th Anniversary. Paris, France, June 9, 2013. Paper: L'évolution de la conscience et le changement de paradigme.
• "Postformal Psychology: The New "Normal" for the Futures of Thinking" - Speaker, 3rd European Society for Research in Adult Development Symposium. Freiburg, Germany, May 31 – June 2, 2013
• "Megatrends of the Mind: Impact on Today's Young People" – Invited Keynote Speaker, Youth and Futures Conference, FFRC. Turku, Finland, June 6-8, 2012
• "Shifting Metaphors for Re-imagining Post-industrial City Futures" Co-Convenor & Speaker, Workshop on "City Futures" Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Shanghai, China, June 2-3, 2010
• "Planetary Futures for Higher Education" - Invited Panel Speaker, Global Higher Education Forum.
Penang, Malaysia, December 13 – 16, 2009

Selected Recent Publications (2009-2013)

Gidley, J.M. (2013) Are Futures Organisations "Ahead of their Times"? A View of the World Futures Studies Federation in the 21st Century. For Special Issue in Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies.
Gidley, J.M. (2013) Futures of Education for Rapid Global-Societal Change in Francisco González (Ed.) Imagining the Future, BBVA, Madrid, Spain.
Gidley, J. M. (2012) Re-imagining The Role and Function of Higher Education for Alternative Futures through Embracing Global Knowledge Futures, in P. Scott, A. Curaj, L. Vlăsceanu, L. Wilson (Eds.) European Higher Education at the crossroads: between the Bologna Process and national reforms, Springer: Netherlands. Chapter 51, pp. 1019-1037.
Gidley, J.M (2012) Evolution of Education: From Weak Signals to Rich Imaginaries of Educational Futures. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 44(1), pp. 46-54.
Gidley, J. M. (2010) Globally Scanning for "Megatrends of the Mind": Potential Futures of Futures-Thinking, Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, 42(10), pp. 1040-1048.
Gidley, J. M., Fien, J., Smith, J-A., Thomsen, D., and Smith, T. (2009) Participatory Futures Methods: Towards Adaptability and Resilience in Climate-Vulnerable Communities, Environmental Policy and Governance, 19(6) pp. 427-440.


Objectifs

Agir comme forum où la stimulation, l'échange et l'examen des idées, visions et projets pour des futurs alternatifs et à long terme puissent prendre place; faire avancer les études du futur en tant que domaine d'activité intellectuel et politique concernant tous les secteurs de la vie psychologique, sociale, économique, politique et culturelle; encourager l'analyse interdisciplinaire innovatrice et la pensée décisive parmi tous les peuples; promouvoir un niveau plus haut de conscience des futurs en général; encourager la démocratisation de la pensée et l'action tournée vers le futur; stimuler la conscience du besoin urgent d'études futures dans les gouvernements et les organisations internationales et autres groupes décideurs et éducatifs et institutions pour résoudre les problèmes à des niveaux locaux, nationaux, régionaux et globaux. En croyant que créer un futur meilleur dépend largement d'un niveau de conscience plus élevé, considérant les aspects cruciaux suivants: implication active de toutes les cultures à déterminer le futur; focalisation sur le futur des activités courantes des institutions politiques, des partis politiques et des mouvements populaires sociaux, orientation d'éducation future explicite; participation à la création de décisions orientées vers le futur et d'activités dans la famille, au travail, dans les organisations nationales et internationales; égalité dans les opportunités et autres formes de justice sociale.

Relations officielles

Conseil économique et social des Nations Unies (ECOSOC)* (Spécial); Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO)* (Statut de consultation).

MembresFondateur; Associé: institutions impliquées dans les études du futur; Diplômé; A part entière/associé; Etudiant. Institutions (25) dans 20 pays et territoires:

 • Égypte, Maroc.

 • Canada, États-Unis d'Amérique.

 • Chine, Inde, Japon, République de Corée, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapour, Taiwan/Chine.

 • Australie.

 • Finlande, France, Hongrie, Islande, Pologne, Fédération de Russie, Suède.

Incluses ci-dessus, 4 organisations citées dans cet Annuaire:

 • Tulevaisuuden Tutkimuskeskus (FFRC)*;

 • Finnish Society for Futures Studies (FSFS)*;

 • Institute for Alternative Futures, Alexandria VA (IAF)*;

 • Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm*.

 


Futures Studies is a scientific research field involving scholars and researchers across many disciplines. There are undergraduate and post graduate programs available in universities around the world. You will notice that we use the plural term "futures" and you may wonder why we use this and not the singular term: "future"?

The answer is that WFSF, since its inception, has encouraged and supported a pluralistic approach to futures studies. This pluralism is reflected in the diversity of the WFSF membership and the research it supports. The WFSF uses the plural term "futures" studies rather than the singular "future" studies to counter the notion of only one future, the latter having both conceptual limitations and political implications. This pluralisation of futures opens up the territory for envisioning and creating alternative and preferred futures. A major focus of futures studies for us at WFSF is how we envisage and develop desirable outcomes in the times ahead.







     

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