The 21st WFSF World Conference in Bucharest, 2013, was a historic occasion for the World Futures Studies Federation, as it was the 40th Anniversary of its founding in Paris in 1973. In her Welcome Speech to the Conference, Jennifer Gidley just starting her second term as WFSF President raised questions about the impact of today's activities on the next 40 years. She also gave a call to action for young people to create the futures they want for the next 40 years.
In 1972 a group of social and cultural innovators had met in Bucharest to prepare to found WFSF. Some of these founding members were present at this year's Conference that brought together futures researchers, policy-makers, administrators and students who recognize the increasing importance of social innovation to global, regional and local futures. The Program included a variety of keynote, plenary and parallel sessions, panel discussions, open space meetings and shared meals.