The European Futurists Conference Lucerne aims to be the most important annual gathering of futurists, analysts and decision makers with long-term perspectives working with scientific methods of futures studies in Europe. It is dedicated to the professional needs of futurists AND to the needs of long-term decision makers and analysts in business, politics and society in Europe.
The European Futurists Conference Lucerne aims to:
- advance the quality of futures studies in Europe;
- promote the sharing of future-oriented knowledge among futurists, analysts and decision makers in Europe;
- contribute to the understanding of various possible futures of European business, politics and societies, which is embedded in a global perspective;
- encourage the public dialogue about possible futures;
- support European business, politics and societies, in creating their preferred future.
Following assumptions are underlying our futures thinking:
- The future is open;
- Futures can be influenced by human choices and actions;
- Futures thinking is largely about what to do now;
- Futures thinking is very much about balancing the demands of the present against those of the future.
The European Futurists Conference Lucerne uses the following guidelines:
Futures studies should:
- focus on interacting dynamics that potentially create fundamental change over 10 to 25 years and more;
- be transdisciplinary, due to the complex nature of the future;
- promote the participation of the people concerned;
- be based on scientific principles, by using adaquate methodology and transparent assumptions;
- produce practical results supporting the decision making process;
- facilitate the creation of a sustainable world.
The mission statement has been approved by the Advisory Board on 9 January 2004.