Association of Professional Futurists

Most Significant Futures Works (MSFW)

APF recognizes the most significant futures works for the purpose of identifying and rewarding the work of professional futurists and others whose work illuminates aspects of the future. Furthermore, the APF publicly shares those projects in order to educate and inform, and to showcase examples of excellent futures work.

2016 MSFW Award Winners

MFSW Awards were announced at the Annual Reception and Recognition in San Francisco 25 July 2015. Sixteen works were nominated and six were recognized for excellence. See full list of winners here. Works are nominated in three categories: Category 1 Advance the methodology and practice of foresight and futures studies; Category 2 Analyze a significant future issue; and Category 3 Illuminate the future through literacy or artistic works. If you have questions, please contact Andy Hines, MFSW Chair. The nomination process for next years awards can be found here.

Category 1 Advance the methodology and practice of foresight and futures studies

Note: All three are equal winners….no “places”

Category 2 Analyze a significant future issue 

Category 3:  Illuminate the future through literary or artistic works

 About

APF Certificates of Achievement are given to authors of all recognized works.

Awards

First in each category: Two-year membership in APF or a free registration within 2 years of award at annual gathering (excluding residency) or professional development seminar.

Second in each category: One-year membership in APF or a free registration within 2 years of award at annual gathering (excluding residency) or professional development seminar.

Third in each category: One-year membership in APF

Who’s Involved

The Core Committee is MSFW Chair Andy Hines, Cindy Frewen, and Rowena Morrow. We gratefully acknowledge the enduring contribution of former Chair Ken Harris, now deceased, who was the driving force of the team from its inception till 2014. MSFW remains one of his many legacies.

History of the MSFW

The program was founded in 2007 and first awards were made in 2008. All program winners can be viewed at-a-glance in this summary table.

For the inaugural selection, only published books were eligible. Fifty-seven books were nominated. The top ten were recognized by the APF.