It's YOUR Future... Make it a Good One!
This is a book of methods and tools that futurists have developed and used
successfully over many decades. These methods and tools have now been scaled down to fit your life and
the lives of your family members. This is not a book of advice, this is a book of action. With the tools and methods you will
learn to use, you will learn how to anticipate the future, and how to change the course of your life.
I've been working on this book for over ten years!
When I completed my classes in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake I knew I wanted to write a book
that would show individuals how they could use futures methods to conduct personal futures planning. The problem at that time
was that the methods were designed for large organizations. They were too cumbersome and complex for most individuals.
So, I signed
up to study under futurist Graham May at Leeds Metropolitan University and to do research on how to apply futures methods
to personal lives. When finished, my thesis (my first book on futures studies) was titled "Personal Futures: Foresight
and Futures Studies for Individuals."
I spent about a year and a half writing and preparing It's YOUR Future...
Make it a Good One! for publication. Futurists, friends, and academics around the world have previewed, commented
and made suggestions during the process. Now the book is complete. I'm publishing it in paperback to keep the costs down ($17.50)
and have released the book in electonic (e-book) versions at even lower prices ($8.99). Ebooks are available at Amazon.com
and the Apple iBookstore. Now, you can order the book in paperback or eBook from this web site or order the book from most
online bookstores. The first chapter, "Everyone Wants to Know the Future!" is available for you to download on the previous
page of this site.
It's Your Future... Make it a Good One! is available on this site now, and I will sign
each copy of the book ordered from this web site.
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Book Fact Sheet
Title: It’s YOUR Future…Make it a Good One!
Author: Verne Wheelwright, PhD.
Publisher: Personal Futures Network
Price: $17.50 US
date: September 2010
Paperback: 254 pages
includes: 110 Diagrams and tables,
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about the future has been available to large organizations for decades. Now that knowledge is available in practical form
to individuals in an illustrated, step-by-step format. The author shows and explains how to anticipate the future, how to
explore alternative futures with scenarios, how to create a vision of the future and how to achieve that vision.
Audience: This book is particularly useful to young people who are facing big decisions about their lives and
their future, but is valuable to people of all ages.
Author: Verne Wheelwright is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking research into the application of futurist’s
methods to the lives of individuals. He earned an MS in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston Clear Lake, then went on to conduct research into the application of
futures methods to individual lives. Wheelwright’s
first book about futures methods, derived from his dissertation, is A Personal Futures Workbook. The workbook has been used in Wheelwright’s workshops and lectures to national and international audiences and has
been adopted as a text in universities
and community colleges. The workbook is offered in several languages as a free download at www.personalfutures.net. Wheelwright’s articles about personal futures have appeared in professional journals,
books, and other publications worldwide.
It’s YOUR Future…Make it a good one!
Table of Figures
Chapter 1 Everyone Wants to Know the Future!
2 A Map to Your Future: Stages of Your Life
Chapter 3 The People in Your Future
Chapter 4 Trends and
Forces: Anticipating Change in Your Life
Chapter 5 Forces in Your Life: Past, Present and Future
Chapter 6 Forces That Shape Your Worlds: Global, National and Local
Chapter 7 Events That Will
Change Your Life
Chapter 8 Your Values Will Guide Your Future
Chapter 9 Realistically You: Strengths,
Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
Chapter 10 Scenarios: How
Futurists Explore Alternative Futures
Chapter 11 Building Your Basic Scenario
Chapter 12 Driving Forces Will Change the Direction of Your Scenarios
Chapter 13 Telling Stories About
Chapter 14 Personal Strategic Planning
Chapter 15 A Vision of Your
Strategies to Achieve Your Vision
Chapter 17 Creating Your Action Plan
Chapter 18 Analyzing Your Plan
Chapter 19 Wild Cards and Contingency Plans
Chapter 20 Living With Your Plan
Chapter 21 The Long Term Perspective in Your Life and Your Career