Frank Hampson,  Artist

The one person who influenced me in early years more than any other, and sowed the seeds of my later career in futures, was Frank Hampson, creator of Dan Dare. Apart from a cast of fully rendered and compelling characters, he also created full colour depictions of fascinating worlds both here on Earth and beyond. I was delighted to meet him in person just once at an SF con in Brighton not long before he died, and to say ‘thank you.’ This is my tribute to him written many years later. Read more…

Hedley Beare

Hedley Beare: A Personal Appreciation (2010.) I first met Hedley Beare when I came to Melbourne to address the Futures in Education conference during November 1986. Like many others I was immediately struck by his geniality and openness, his quiet manner and generosity of spirit. He was someone you immediately trusted and knew you could rely on. So it was with enormous pleasure that in 1989 I joined his Department at the University of Melbourne as a ‘lecturer in futures and social education.’ Read more…


Hedley and I in 2006

Education Futures: Painting a New Picture, Interview with Hedley Beare, 21C, Commission for the Future, 1992,  (1992) Read on…




Frank Fisher

Frank and I met at the RMIT centenary conference in Melbourne in the 1980s. He was one of the first to welcome me to Australia and to help me get established. For example he arranged a Visiting Fellowship for me at Monash University in 1988. I taught a short course on Recovering the Future. A book of readings was produced for the course. While long out of print it was included on the CD-ROM Towards A Wise Culture that can be ordered from the Foresight International site. Here is an obituary from The Age newspaper followed by an appreciation of my own. Frank Fisher obituary can be found here. My personal appreciation of Frank is here.

An eBook about Frank’s work and the wide influence he had on so many people can be found here: Everyday Transcendence: The Influence of Frank Fisher.

VA video of an evening with Frank Fisher in 2012 can be accessed here (Frank begins 14 mins in):

RJ_21C_1992Robert Jungk

Robert Jungk was one of the pioneering European futurists. He was one of the ‘fathers’ of the World Futures Studies Federation and his books were widely read.  The obituary I wrote for him in 1994 can be found here.


RS_RJungk_Salzburg_smallOne Man Revolution. An interview article with Bob from 21C, Commission for the Future, Melbourne 1992 can be found here.

Robert Jungk and I at a seminar in his home town of Salzburg in 1990.




David Berry

David and Patti in Ringwood, Hampshire, UK, 2010

I first met David Berry through the World Future Society (WFS). Although it was an American organisation there had been a London-based group associated with it and David was part of that group. He started heading over the Atlantic for WFS meetings some years earlier than I did. So when we first met in the late 1970s he was already on speaking terms with some of the leading futurists of the time. Read more…

Allen_ToughAllen Tough

Allen Tough was a ‘second generation’ pioneer of the futures field and, apart from his family, will be remembered most fondly by his students and those who, like myself, had the pleasure of working with him. I first met Allen at a series of World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) meetings in the late 1980s. Even then he played a prominent role.  Read more.. Wikipedia: Allen Tough’s Wikipedia Entry is here


Jan Lee Martin

I first met Jan in Sydney over 20 years ago. Back then she was described as a corporate communications specialist. As time passed we seemed to meet up more often. Then, after she set up the Futures Foundation in 1995, we began to meet more regularly both in Sydney and elsewhere. She was determined to make a difference and spared no effort to engage people and organisations in thinking and acting more consciously about and for the future. Read more… Anita Sykes-Kelleher has written a more in-depth appreciation of Jan which you can find here.

TominAction_1Tom Oliver

Tom Oliver and I were drawn together by a common interest – a passion for birds and bird photography. Until I met Tom I was pretty much a confirmed ‘loner.’ That is, my idea of ‘heaven’ was to be outdoors in the sun with birds and my Nikon. I was, and still am, uninterested in competitions but very interested in learning more about this multi-dimensioned craft. As one still actively involved in a full-on academic and writing life I simply did not have time to search out the relevant websites and people. So I pretty much carried on as usual – without realising just how much I was missing. But Tom provided the catalyst for a whole new way of thinking and operating. Read more …

Adolph_Thirroul_2012_smallAdolph Hanich

Adolph was born in the Yugoslavian village of Krndija in November 1941. His family belonged to the Danube Swabians, who were descended from 18th-century immigrants. These had been recruited to re-colonise the area after the end of the Ottoman Empire. During World War Two, however, ethnic genocide was employed in part to clear the area for collectivisation under Tito. Adolph was named thus as a symbolic gesture of protection. Nevertheless, in October 1944, as the Russian army approached, he and his family fled the conflagration on horse-drawn wagons. Read more…


Richard Neville

Like many others I was aware of Richard Neville’s role in the 1960s and 70s counterculture. Although living overseas at the time I knew about the 1971 obscenity trial in London and was pleased to hear of the subsequent acquittal. While I’d not participated in the drugs scene or had any real interest in Leary’s mantra (‘tune in, turn on and drop out’) I liked the way that Richard and his collaborators were willing to challenge what I then saw as the stifling conventionalism of British post-war existence. Read More…


Guardian obituary:

Richard speaking at an AusForesight event, Swinburne, 2006


Wendell Bell – A Personal Appreciation

I first met Wendell Bell in Toronto in 1980 at what was then described as the First Global Conference on the Future. He and I were both presenting at a session on Futures in Education. The contrasts between us could not be greater – I merely a young grad student at the time and he a successful Professor of Sociology at Yale. But he treated me like an old friend and made me feel welcome in what was certainly an unusual environment. As time passed, it became clear that Wendell was indeed one of the giants of our field. Naturally enough, I followed his work and, for some reason, he followed mine as well as that of many other younger colleagues and friends. Read more…

Listen to this October 2020 conversation between Richard Slaughter and Tom Lombardo on their colleague and friend Wendell Bell’s life and work. Available here on Peter Hayward’s FuturePod series: