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 members receive access to all published newsletters through our member-only Compass file archive.


Our quarterly newsletter, Compass, is for members only, but we publish 2 or 3 special editions each year that are publicly available. Please scroll down to see our latest issues some of them publicly available. Members may login to see links for all past archived issues.


Compass- Oct 2019In this edition of the Compass APF members will find:

- Richard Hames on the challenge of making an impact

- Andrew Curry, Wendy Schultz, and Tanja Hichert review the Scenarios '18 conference

- Sohail Inayatullah on working with the future in the room

- WFS founder Edward Cornish is remembered

- Patricia Lustig reviews Daniel Wahl's Designing Regenerative Cultures

- Richard Slaughter reviews Yehezkel Dror's For Rulers

- Alireza Hejazi reviews Tom Lombardo's book The Pursuit of Virtue

- Jay Gary reports on APF’s first Mexican ProDev

and news from the APF's first ProDev in Mexico, Most Significant Futures Works, and new books from APF members. To download the entire issue, please login. 


This special edition marks the 50th anniversary of the Club of Rome. It includes pieces that put Limits into more of a context.  
Compass on Limits to Growth


This special edition of Compass draws together articles on Utopia that have appeared in the APF newsletter during 2016, some specially written pieces, and a new set of reading lists.
Compass on Utopia


These four articles, by APF members, are taken from the October 2016 edition of the APF newsletter, Compass. The contributors reflect on the man and his work, and the impact of the Tofflers on the public idea of the future.
Alvin Toffler Special Edition


This edition of the APF newsletter, Compass, has been prepared especially for the WFS meeting in Washington DC in 2016. It includes a range of articles from recent editions in Compass, the quarterly e-publication for APF members, to give a sense of the range of the APF’s work and the interests of its members.
World Future Society Edition of Compass


The APF held its 2015 annual gathering in Atlanta, Georgia and called it The Learning Remix because the gathering focused on the future of learning. The APF published this special edition ahead of the gathering to prepare attendees.
The Learning Remix Edition of Compass


2015 This edition of the APF newsletter, Compass, has been prepared specially for the WFS meeting in Washington DC in 2015. It includes a range of articles from recent editions in Compass, the quarterly e-publication for APF members, to give a sense of the range of the APF’s work and the interests of its members.
World Future Society Edition of Compass


Where practice and theory meet, innovation often follows. Practitioners resolve difficulties in practice by re-imagining what they do, and developing new approaches. But invention on its own is not enough. To stick, it needs to be reconnected to theory. The why is as important as the what.

The methods covered in the anthology are:

  • Oliver Markley’s new taxonomy of wild card
  • Richard Lum on VERGE
  • Bill Sharp on Three Horizons
  • Tony Hodgson on the World Game
  • Terry Grim interviewed on the Foresight Maturity Model
  • Stuart Candy on The Thing From The Future
  • Wendy Schultz on the Manoa Scenarios method
  • Dyman Hendricks interviewed on the Systems Methodology Toolkit

APF Methods Edition of Compass


The future of education is a recurring theme in the discussions on the APF’s listserv. In part, this represents the organization’s connections to futures studies programs, in part because the sector itself is clearly on the cusp of change. One US Report has projected that half of all American colleges and universities will close in the next 50 years. Similarly, an EY paper suggests that in Australia “the dominant university model … will prove unviable in all but a few cases over the next 10-15 years.” Such claims become the litany of educational futures over the past few years; at the very least they deserve examination.

In this special issue of Compass, you will find articles by Hardin Tibbs, Sara Robinson, Bryan Alexander, David Birch, Katie King, Andrew Curry, Cindy Frewen, Wendy Schultz, and Anne Boysen. Edited by Andrew Curry.
Future of Education Edition of Compass


Compass has published a few obituaries for futurists who have passed away. We have also included a few other memorials for some of our APF members who have passed away.

Ken Harris was an active member of the APF and a frequent contributor to our Compass Magazine. He also received our Excellence in Leadership award for his many contributions to the APF. Please read his review of Dan Gardner’s book ‘Future Babble’.

Alvin Toffler was probably the most influential futurist of his generation. He died of natural causes at thee end of June 2016. Please read the memorial we published in our Compass Magazine.

Joe Coates passed away in October at the age of 85. He did much to improve the practice, profession and reputation of professional futures work. Please read our tribute for him from our Compass Magazine.

Although not a futurist, Richard Neville held similar views and concerns as many futurists. Please read Richard Slaughter’s thoughtful tribute.

Compass Archive for Members


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