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”
- Scenario Exploration System; Laurent Bontoux (JRC), Daniel Bengtsson (former JRC), Aaron B. Rosa (HRCFS), John A. Sweeney (HRCFS/CPPFS) November 2015, (Report to be published in The Journal of Futures Studies, March 2016) (link)
- Symposium on Intuition in Futures Work, Edited by Oliver Markley, Article collection, Journal of Futures Studies, Sept. 2015. (link) Contributors included: José M. Ramos, Ruth-Ellen L. Miller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Sohail Inayatullah, Oliver Markley, Marcus T. Anthony, Marcus Bussey
- What Works, by Sohail Inayatullah, Book, Tamkang University Press, Tamsui, Taiwan, 2015. (link)
Category 2 Analyze a significant future issue
- The Future of Protein. The Protein Challenge 2040: Shaping the Future of Food. Forum for the Future, Report, 2014. (link)
Category 3: Illuminate the future through literary or artistic works
- Humans Need Not Apply, by CGP Grey, Video (link)
APF Certificates of Achievement are given to authors of all recognized works.
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
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.