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It’s YOUR Future… Make it a Good One!

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Personal Futures Workbook

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PF Workshop or presentation

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Your Personal Future: A Step-by-Step Guide (The Futurist)

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The author: Verne Wheelwright, Ph.D.

Professional Biography for Verne Wheelwright, Ph.D. 

Verne Wheelwright, PhD. is an internationally recognized professional in the field of Foresight and Futures Studies. He is the author of It’s Your Future… Make it a Good One! and The Personal Futures Workbook. He has published articles in a number of professional journals and other publications. Wheelwright has conducted workshops and addressed audiences in major cities across the U.S. He has also spoken to audiences internationally, including Turkey, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Canada and other countries.

In 2006, Wheelwright was awarded a PhD. from Leeds Metropolitan University for his groundbreaking research in the application of futures methods to individual lives. That research led to the development of The Personal Futures Workbook, which provides detailed worksheets and explanations that lead individuals through the same futuring process used successfully by major businesses and institutions worldwide for decades. The workbook was tested in workshop settings, then made available to the general public as a free download at Wheelwright’s web site, www.personalfutures.net. The workbook has been translated into several languages and is used as a text in colleges and universities.

Wheelwright has just published his current book, It’s Your Future… Make it a Good One!  which offers a detailed description and explanation of how futures methods can be effectively applied to one’s  personal life. The book offers insights into how futures methods work and is intended to help individuals develop a long term perspective not only in their personal lives but also in their careers. The book is written to be useful to people of all ages, from teenagers to octogenarians.

Wheelwright earned his Master’s degree in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston, Clear Lake and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

Wheelwright is an active member of the Association of Professional Futurists, a professional member of the World Future Society and a member of the World Future Studies Federation. His business and personal travels have taken him to over fifty different countries, offering him insights and  an awareness of worldwide cultures that underlies his approach to Foresight and Futures Studies. He and his wife now live in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.


Publications by Verne Wheelwright

 Articles:(2013)-   “Leadership and Long Term Perspective.” Me Inc. Magazine. April, 10-11. (2010) – “Career Development for a Very Long Life.” Career Planning and Adult Development Journal.26 (2) 82-88.(2010) – “Strategies for Living a Very Long Life,” The Futurist. November-December. (2010) – “The Next Wave”, Journal of Futures Studies. 14(4): 107-114(2009) - “Personal Futures: A Research Method for Individuals”, In: Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J. (ed.). Futures Research Methodology 3.0.(2009) -“Futures for Everyone”, Journal of Futures Studies,13 (4) 91-104

(2007) “Future Pathways: Using Futures Methods for Personal Strategic Learning.”(with Jeff Gold). AHRD International Research Conference. Conference paper.

(2006) “Personal Strategic Planning”, FO/futureorientation, 06 34-36.

(2006) “The Forces That Drive Our Lives”, FO/futureorientation, 04 56-59.(2006) “A Personal approach to Strategic Foresight”, The Futurist, September-October.

(2006) “Your Personal Future: A Step By Step Guide”, The Futurist, May June.

(2006) “Images of the Future”, FO/futureorientation, 03 44-46.(2006) “Personal Futures”, FOfutureorientation 01 73-75.(2003) "Ageing: a personal futures perspective", Foresight, 5 (5).(2000) "A Profession in the Future?" Futures, 32 913-918.(2000) "Software for Futurists - Scanning", Futures Research Quarterly, 16 (2) 63-70. Books, book sections, chapters or essays(2013) Un Taller de Futuros Personales. Translation Guillermina Baena Paz and Alethia Berenice Montero. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2012) YOUR Workbook. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2012) Es Tu Futuro… ¡Hazlo Bueno! Translation Guillermina Baena Paz and Alethia Berenice Montero. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2012) O SENIN Geleceğin. Translation Ufuk Tarhan and Füsüsn Kiliçturgay. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2011) Small Business Foresight. www.personalfutures.net. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2011) “The Power of the Long Term Perspective.” In Wagner, Cynthia, (ed.) Moving from Vision to Action. Bethesda: World Future Society.(2011) The Personal Futures Workbook, Fourth Edition (PDF) www.personalfutures.net. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2010) It’s Your Future…Make It a Good One! Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2010) – “Strategies for a Long Life.” In Wagner, Cynthia, (ed), Strategies and Technologies for a Sustainable Future. Bethesda: World Future Society.(2010) “New Era – New Careers – New Challenges” In: Talwar, R. and Hancock, T. The Shape of Jobs to Come. Fast Future Research, www.fastfuture.com.(2008) Personal Futures Workbook, Third Edition (PDF) www.personalfutures.net. Personal Futures Network, Harlingen(2006) The Personal Futures Workshop- CD Edition, Personal Futures Network, Harlingen.(2006)  Facilitator’s and Educators Guide to the Personal Futures Workbook, Personal Futures Network;Harlingen.(2006)  A Personal Futures Workbook, Second Edition. Personal Futures Network; Harlingen.(2005) Personal Futures Workbook, Personal Futures Network, Harlingen.(2004) "Your Map to the Future", In: Shostak, A. (ed.). Tackling Tomorrow Today, Langhorne, PA:  Chelsea House Publishers.

(2001) Research Information Management with Biblioscape, C. G. Information.

(1999) "The Mont Fleur Scenarios", In: Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J. (ed.). Factors Required for Successful Implementation of Futures Research in Decision Making, Atlanta:  Army Environmental Policy Institute 15-7.(1999) "The Slidell Priorities Convention", In: Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J. (ed.). Factors Required for Successful Implementation of Futures Research in Decision Making, Atlanta:  Army Environmental Policy Institute 26-7.

 (1999) "San Angelo Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) Project", In: Glenn, J.C. and Gordon, T.J. (ed.). Factors Required for Successful Implementation of Futures Research in Decision Making, Atlanta: Army Environmental Policy Institute 27-9.


Thesis / Dissertation

(2006) Personal Futures: Foresight & Futures Studies for Individuals. 1-278. PhD Dissertation, Leeds Metropolitan University, Faculty of Business and Law.

(2000) Professionalization of Futurists: Plausible Scenarios for the Future. Master’s Thesis. University of Houston Clear Lake, School of Studies of the Future.


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