The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies

This page is devoted to the Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (KBFS) which reached the 20th anniversary of its launch in 2016.

The KBFS first appeared as a special issue of Futures published in March 1993. The first book edition was a three volume set presented in a sturdy slip case. It was launched at a World Future Society Conference (WFS) in Washington DC during July 1996. Two further hard copy editions followed. Then in 1999 and 2000 my son, Rohan, and I converted the files into html documents and assembled the first CD-ROM. This was followed by the 2005 version described in the summary below. Also included here is a revised series introduction that appears on the disc. It provides a succinct account of how and why the KBFS arose and was developed, along with some of the feedback it has received. The full list of contents is here.

KBFS Professional Edition CD-ROM Overview (To open click here)

KBFS Series Introduction (To open click here)


The KBFS as an Evolving Process (1996)

The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (KBFS) emerged in response to a need for greater clarity about what might constitute the core concerns and features of FS. The article considers a rationale for the development of a knowledge base, the evolution of the present model and some of the ways that the model further evolve through critique, innovation, synthesis and the emergence of new voices. It is suggested that far from being a monolithic entity driven by ‘Western’ interests, the knowledge base is a dynamic process that will change and develop over time. In so doing it will become less ‘Western’ and more truly global. (To open click here)

USB version (2018)