— to be held July 8-10, 2010, in Boston, Massachusetts — will provide an opportunity for individuals and groups in many different fields to examine significant issues and address common problems that will affect our futures in as-yet unimagined ways. Approximately 150 experts will offer more than 75 sessions and events over the course of two and a half days. Speakers already confirmed include:
* Janna Quitney Anderson, director, Imagining the Internet Center, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
* Kevin Fickenscher, executive vice president for strategic innovation, PerotSystems Corporation, Fairfax, Virginia; formerly chief medical officer at WebMD
* Raymond Kurzweil, inventor, author, and futurist. He has been a pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments.
* Michael R. Nelson, visiting professor, Communication, Culture & Technology program, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
* Michael Rogers, author, journalist, and futurist; formerly, Futurist-in- Residence, The New York Times, New York, New York
* Lee Rainie, director, Pew Internet and American Life Project, Washington, D.C.
* Stephen Thaler, president and CEO, Imagination Engines Inc., Saint Charles, Missouri
* Barry Wellman, director, NetLab, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Sessions and keynotes will cover a wide range of topics including business and careers, technology and its impacts, futures methodologies and processes, governance and communities, resources and the environment, education and learning, consciousness and spirituality, health, and much more. WFS speakers come from many disciplines and professions. Many hold top management positions at Fortune 500 companies like IBM and institutions like NASA, the FBI, the U.S.
Army, and the United Nations. But at WorldFuture 2010, attendees of all ages from across the globe and from every walk of life will help shape a new vision for tomorrow.