Who we are
The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business. We work to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions. The World Future Council was launched in 2007 by Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'. It operates as an independent foundation under German law and finances its activities from donations. >>
Future Policy Award 2014
Ending violence against women and girls: Call for nominations
New WFC study
Global austerity costs 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually due to unused production opportunities
As a consequence of austerity policies in many countries, millions are deprived of work and vast production opportunities remain unused. Our new short study states the value of lost production at 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually. This corresponds to the gross domestic product of the United Kingdom. The Eurozone alone loses at least 580 billion Euros annually as a result of public austerity. WFC founder Jakob von Uexkull: "Given the huge challenges we face including stopping climate change and overcoming poverty, it is shocking that such a large economic potential remains untapped because of misguided policies.” Read more in our press release.
Future of Cities Forum
In cooperation with the City of Hamburg the World Future Council brought together 150 mayors, urban planners, practitioners and experts from 35 countries. They met in Hamburg to learn from each other, discuss opportunities and develop strategies for regenerative urban development. Food for thought and talk was provided by Dr. Benjamin Barber ("If Mayors Ruled the World") and legendary Danish city planner and architect Jan Gehl ("Cities for People") amongst other notable speakers. Watch our short film to get an impression of the scope of the discussion. The Future of Cities Forum also has a dedicated website.
Building Political Will for 100 % Renewable Energy in the European Union
Side event “Re-engineering society for inclusion: Implementation of CRPD and other international obligations on accessibility″ 20/3
BRAINPOoL Conference – 24/3
World Urban Forum – 5-11/4
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Our booklet "Pathfinder 2013" presents a 16 page overview of our current goals, projects, publications, donors and supporters. You can download it as a PDF or order hard copies from the World Future Council's general secretariat.
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