A new direction

Since 1996, Green Futures has inspired change by showcasing leading innovations and best practice for a sustainable future. We have built up an incredible archive of briefings, case studies and articles to show us how the world is changing.

Forum for the Future has now taken Green Futures to an exciting new level of scale and impact. From early 2015, our content has been at the heart of a new, interactive online futures platform that offers a space to engage with future trends, understand the implications for particular topics and systems, and work out how you can act.

This platform, hosted by Forum’s Futures Centre in Singapore, offers the real time content, deeper exploration and richer debate that our readership requested in our 2013 review, and will continue to showcase cutting edge solutions through high quality, accessible journalism. Combined with the wealth of Forum’s futures expertise, it is a powerful force for change, with Green Futures at its heart.

Alongside this we will publish the annual edition of Green Futures: The Long View – a collectable print volume, drawing together the key insights and future-shaping trends from each year. Download a sample of the current edition.

What do these changes mean for subscribers?

In 2014, subscribers will have received the July edition as usual, as well as a special transition edition in October.  If you paid to receive Green Futures in 2014 you should have also received Green Futures: The Long View in January 2015. If you have yet to receive your copy, please contact Julia Clough at j.clough@forumforthefuture.org

To continue your personal subscription to Green Futures: The Long View thereafter, as well as make the most of the new futures platform, susbcribers are invited to renew their subscription and the cost will be revised accordingly. You can also purchase copies at a rate of SGD40 (approximately £20/$32) here: www.thefuturescentre.org/thelongview. 

FAQs

What changes are happening?

For 18 years, Green Futures has inspired change by showcasing leading innovations and best practice for a sustainable future. We are now moving to a digital-led model to put these stories of change in context, and engage a wider audience. We will no longer be publishing quarterly print issues, though as of January 2015, Green Futures will appear in print in the form of an annual publications (Green Futures: The Long View), whilst content continues to be developed on a new Forum for the Future online futures platform.

What is the new futures platform?

The platform, hosted by Forum’s Futures Centre in Singapore, is built on the principle that by mapping and better understanding how the future is emerging we can accelerate change. It offers the real time content, deeper exploration and richer debate that Green Futures’ readership requested in our 2013 review, and continues to showcase cutting edge solutions through high quality, accessible journalism.

What is the Futures Centre?

The Futures Centre is a team of futurists, researchers, journalists and designers working together to create greater clarity around complex future sustainability issues.

What is the Green Futures: The Long View?

It is a beautiful bound, collectable volume drawing together the key insights and future-shaping trends from each year. Copies are available to buy here: www.thefuturescentre.org/thelongview.

Why are we changing Green Futures?

We believe the futures platform is a much better way to help people understand how external changes might affect their future, so they can make better decisions today. Green Futures has built up an incredible archive of innovations, case studies and articles that show us how the world is changing. By making this accessible online, we will offer a much wider audience a powerful tool to shape the future.

What is the rationale behind the changes?

We conducted a review in 2013, against the backdrop of growing pressure on the resources required for a print publication and rapidly growing potential for online engagement. In response to surveys and interviews, our readers and stakeholders asked for a more interactive online presence, more timely content, and more debate by focusing on issues in greater depth. We plan to deliver all three, whilst also making more links with Forum’s wider work on futures as a tool for change.

What is the timing for these changes?

In 2014, we published the July edition as usual, as well as a special transition edition in October. The Futures Centre launched in February 2015, coinciding with the first edition of Green Futures: The Long View.

The Futures Centre will be hosted in Singapore; does this mean that the new content will be less relevant to a local, UK audience?

No! As we will still have many writers on the ground in the UK, as well as Forum for the Future’s head office, we intend to remain as close to local stories in the UK as Green Futures has always been, while developing more content of local relevance across the world. Already, 30% of our readers are based in the US, 12% in India, and we have a growing audience in the Asia Pacific region.  People ‘on the ground’ will always be our most important source of insight and information, but digital networks mean we can be in touch with them without being physically close to them.

The Futures Centre will be hosted in Singapore; does this mean the team is moving?

Some of the current Green Futures team will continue to support the new venture from our London office. However, Anna Simpson moved to Singapore in August 2014 as the Curator and Editor of the Futures Centre. You’ll be able to reach her by email, phone, Skype, Twitter and LinkedIn, and she’ll continue to be in close touch with our partners, writers, readers and followers. She will be working with Ariel Muller, Director of the Futures Centre, Jie Hui Kia, Futures Advisor, and Madhumitha Ardhanari, Futures Researcher. James Goodman, Director of Futures at Forum for the Future, will oversee the development from the London office.

I prefer reading print to online content - can I still get a print version?

Yes! Green Futures: The Long View was published in January 2015 and is available to purchase online.

I subscribed for 4 copies a year - what does this mean for me, will I be getting less?

If your subscription began prior to April 2014, you will receive the four issues of Green Futures you paid for. Depending on how many copies you have already received, this may include the transition edition in October (The Future of Brands) and Green Futures: The Long View in January. If you would like to enquire after the exact details of your personal subscription or believe you might be due a partial refund, please contact Julia Clough: j.clough@forumforthefuture.org | +44 (0) 20 7324 3614.

Can I subscribe to the annual publication?

Any existing subscribers to Green Futures will have received a copy of The Long View. If you were not a Green Futures subscriber, but would like to purchase a copy, you can do so online at a cost of 40 Singapore dollars (approximately GBP20/USD32. This rate is the same for individuals as it is for businesses and other organisations. A rolling subscription is currently unavailable, but we are looking at adapting our systems to allow this in the future.

Subscriptions for Members and Partners

If you formerly received copies of Green Futures as a Member or Partner of Forum for the Future, you will automatically be sent copies of The Long View. These will be continue to be sent to you each year on renewal of your membership.

If you would like to become a member of the Futures Centre, please contact Ariel Muller a.muller@forumforthefuture.org.

What if I would like to cancel my subscription, can I get a refund?

We hope that you will be as excited by the new content Green Futures has to offer as we are and will want to stay with us. However, if you would like to discuss ending your subscription with us, please call +44 (0)20 7324 3660

What if my question has not been answered here?

If your question has not been answered here, please feel free to email us at j.clough@forumforthefuture.org, or call Julia: +44 (0) 20 7324 3614

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Green Futures magazine has been a source of solutions and inspiration for a sustainable future since 1996. Now, Forum for the Future has launched a new platform to turn inspiration into action. Please visit our Futures Centre and discover our new annual publication, Green Futures: The Long View.

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