World Future Society Announces Keynotes for WorldFuture 2015

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World Future Society Annual Conference Explores Creation of Path-breaking Alliances between Public, Private and Technology Sectors to Identify and Address Future-Critical Issues

WorldFuture 2015: Making the Future keynote presenter Steve Jurvetson

Making the Future is all about the interaction between the intellectual and entrepreneurial community that thrives throughout the Bay Area and the global foresight community who travel from around the world to attend the WFS annual conference.

The World Future Society, known for five decades as the world’s premiere institution identifying and exploring issues critical to the long-term future of mankind, today announced the leading participants for its upcoming annual conference WorldFuture 2015: Making the Future.

Steve Jurvetson, renowned venture capitalist and Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, will serve as the opening keynote, setting the stage for three days of interactive sessions designed to unite more than 1,000 attendees in identifying and addressing future-critical issues. Jurvetson is best known for his success in future-facing investments such as SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, Tesla Motors, Hotmail, Interwoven, Kana, and NeoPhotonics.

“To forge the future and create revolutionary changes, companies begin by building interdisciplinary teams of passionate, inspired, and determined people,” said Jurvetson. “The World Future Society provides an ideal forum to introduce our greatest shared challenges, and allow brilliant minds from across global society to coalesce around scenarios and concepts that can lead to breakthroughs across technology, healthcare, governance, education, and more.”

Additional confirmed speakers include technologist Paul Saffo; President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology Nuala O’Connor; author Ramez Naam; futurists Peter Schwartz, Nancy Murphy and Ari Popper; media and Internet expert Janna Anderson; Verynice CEO and a Huffington Post “Millennial to Watch” Matt Manos; and many more.

Interactive sessions will focus on three key thematic tracks: The Business of Foresight, Technology and Innovation, and Global Issues.

WorldFuture 2015: Making the Future will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel on July 24-26, 2015. Detailed information about the conference, including registration information, is available at Advance registration for media is also now open.

In a departure from past conferences, the kickoff keynote address featuring Steve Jurvetson will take place at 4:00 p.m. on July 24, the opening day of the WorldFuture 2015.

“Making the Future is all about the interaction between the intellectual and entrepreneurial community that thrives throughout the Bay Area and prominent representatives of the global foresight community who travel from around the world to attend the WFS annual conference,” said Dr. Amy Zalman, President and CEO of the World Future Society.

“For nearly five decades, WFS has served as the convener of crucial discussion about the future,” continued Zalman. “We unite leaders working to solve issues across the public, private and technology sectors with professional futurists who offer guidance for navigating these issues. Working at this nexus illuminates new possibilities for collaboration and unrestrained innovation. WorldFuture 2015 will welcome hundreds of emerging futurists, from all generations and sectors, to engage in ideation, debate, and discovery.”

About WorldFuture 2015
WorldFuture 2015: Making the Future marks the beginning of a multi-year transformation and modernization of the World Future Society. By highlighting a new brand of futurism that joins proven methods with impactful action, and a program focused on creating alliances to drive innovation among the public, private and technological sectors, WorldFuture 2015 marks a turning point for the organization as it prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2016. Held at the Union Square Hilton in San Francisco, the conference is expected to draw upwards of 1,000 attendees from around the world. Learn more about WorldFuture2015 at

About World Future Society
The World Future Society was founded in 1966 to engage people from around the world in a wide open conversation about futures both possible and desirable. Today, WFS is transforming this mission to engage a digital audience worldwide, serving as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas about the future while strengthening its global role as a network hub and thought leader on future-critical issues. Learn more about WFS at

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