Welcome to Futures Book Club

A globe-spanning mass book club for futures, foresight, and speculative fiction

About Us

Futures Book Club brings together people working and studying in futures and foresight, adjacent spaces, and futures-curious folk. 

You've come to the right place to get great book recommendations, join reflective discussions, and swap notes with other curious minds.

Why You Should Join Us

Do you work or study in the futures and foresight space?

Are you futures-curious and looking for a place to support your learning?

Do you love reading, and want great recommendations on books that will change the way you think about the future?

Then Futures Book Club is the place for you! Every month we feature a small collection of books for you to read along with. Get book recommendations, see others highlights and insights, and get all that sweet accountability that a book club provides.

This large format book club community has members from across the globe. The variety of members builds in flexibility - you can read along every month, or stretch a book over 2 or 3 months. Club discussions are scheduled at varying times to include readers across many timezones.

Futures Book Club is a welcoming, inclusive community that puts progress ahead of perfection. There is a place for you here, no matter where you are in your futures and foresight learning. You are joining a positive, stigma-free environment where you are supported to share your perspective and learn alongside each other.

Futures Book Club is hosted by Amanda Reeves, a university-trained futurist and facilitator based in Melbourne, Australia.

There's nothing like the accountability of a book club and the wisdom of group discussion.


By joining Futures Book Club, you can:

  • Make greater progress on that pile of unread books... though I wouldn't be surprised if you discover great reads faster than you can keep up
  • Get great new book recommendations from futures folk with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests. We read a broad range of books from futures, foresight, speculative fiction, and adjacent spaces.
  • Nerd out with other readers, swapping highlights, insights, and translating learning into practice
  • Dip your toe into futures and foresight. There is an incredible range of books in this space that can guide your growing skillset and practice. Joining the Club is a great way to start your learning journey.
  • Share your favourite books with others who will appreciate them. Finally, a community of people who are as interested in your nuanced and niche reads as you are!

FAQs

Can I join any time?

Yep! We have doors open year round, with a new book featured at the start of each month.

Featured books stick around a while - whenever you join, there will be 3 or so featured books you can choose to get involved in.

Do I have to read one book every month?

Nope! One of the joys of a large-scale book club is that each member can participate in whatever way suits them best at that time.

Rather than a traditional book club where you are obliged to read one book per month, this club works more like a choose-your-own-adventure:

  • we feature multiple books at any time so you can choose to read what resonates with you - that might be one Featured Book or all of them!
  • club discussions are scheduled for 1, 2, and 3 months after the book is first featured - there's no pressure to read a book any faster than what works for your lifestyle.

Some members read one book over a quarter, others read multiple books at once. If your availability to read ebbs and flows in response to demands and shifts in other parts of your life, you can still get value from the club's recommended reads, seeing other people's highlights and insights, and sitting in on a discussion to decide if that book should go on your to-read pile.

Why do you charge for this book club?

When I realised there were far more people keen to be involved than you normally get in your everyday book club, I wanted to explore a model that really enhances the value of being connected with a large community of readers, while still offering the intimacy of small discussions.

To create a space that can support a large number of people, I've had to invest in a community platform (Mighty Networks) that can provide the space and structure we need. I'm charging a small fee (AUD$3/month, less than a cup of coffee) to help cover the cost.

Don't be fooled - you get so much more value than what you'd expect for a few dollars each month! The membership fee has been set low to make this accessible to more people, while covering the cost of the infrastructure that makes the magic happen.

I know times are tough for a lot of folk right now. If you are in need of this community but the price is a barrier, there are a limited number of community-supported places available. Please email [email protected] to apply.

What is the Club currently reading?

We have a unique model where we savour the Book of the Month. Each month a new book will be featured, with discussions scheduled over the course of 3 months.

This means you always have some choice in what you read, without external pressure to read it in a tight timeframe.

Foresight Infused Strategy: A how-to guide for using foresight in practice

Maree Conway

Conventional strategic planning processes have become tired, formulaic, and rarely produce truly innovative and futures ready strategy. This book takes you into the world of foresight infused strategy, with people at it's core and collaboration as its primary process.

Using foresight approaches in your strategy development is a way to develop a shared view of your organisation's preferred future to inform strategic decision-making today. It asks you to think in new ways about the future and to challenge those deeply held assumptions about how you work today and how work will happen in the future. This is a practical book, designed to help people in organisations understand how to begin to use foresight in their strategy development processes.

Join us to discuss Foresight Infused Strategy in March (AU and Americas friendly), April (AU and Europe friendly), and May (AU and Americas friendly).

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Oliver Burkeman

We live in an age of impossible demands, infinite choice, relentless distraction and spiralling global crises. Yet most productivity advice, like other modern messages about time, makes things worse. It encourages the fantasy that we might one day “get everything done”, becoming the fully optimized, emotionally invincible masters of our time. The pursuit of this limit-denying delusion systematically leaves us more busy, distracted, and isolated from each other – while postponing the truly important parts of life to some point in the future that never quite seems to arrive. 

Four Thousand Weeks is (I hope!) an entertaining and philosophical but ultimately deeply practical guide to the alternative path of embracing your limits: dropping back down into reality, defying cultural pressures to attempt the impossible, and getting started on what’s gloriously possible instead. It’s about actually getting meaningful things done, here and now, in our work and our lives together – in the clear-eyed understanding that there won’t be time for everything, and that we’ll never eliminate life’s uncertainties.

In it, I explore why the central challenge of time management isn’t becoming more efficient, but deciding what to neglect; why, in an accelerating world, patience – letting things take the time they take – is a superpower; and why, in conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges beats keeping your options open. I look at how to resist the soul-destroying lure of too much convenience; how to rediscover the benefits of communal ritual; why it’s so hard to “be here now” –and more.

I began this book before the pandemic, but I honestly think it couldn’t be more timely. The last year left many of us feeling utterly unmoored from our familiar routines. As we re-emerge, we have a unique opportunity to reconsider what we’re doing with our time – to construct lives that do justice to the outrageous brevity, and shimmering possibilities, of our four thousand weeks.

Join us to discuss Four Thousand Weeks in February (AU & Americas friendly), March (AU and Americas friendly), and April (AU and Europe friendly).

Imaginable: How to see the future coming and feel ready for anything

Jane McGonigal

A world-renowned future forecaster and game designer teaches us to envision the future before it arrives—and gives us the tools to help shape the world we want to live in.

The COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most disruptive events in human history, has made it more challenging than ever to feel prepared, hopeful, and equipped to face the future with optimism. How do we map out our lives when it feels impossible to predict what the world will be like next week, let alone next year or next decade? What we need now are strategies to help us recover our confidence and creativity in facing uncertain futures.

In Imaginable, Jane McGonigal draws on the latest scientific research in psychology and neuroscience to show us how to train our minds to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable. She invites us to play with the provocative thought experiments and future simulations she’s designed exclusively for this book, with the goal to:

  • build our collective imagination so that we can dive into the future and envision, in surprising detail, what our lives will look like ten years from now
  • develop the courage and vision to solve problems creatively
  • take actions and make decisions that will help shape the future we desire
  • access “urgent optimism,” an unstoppable force within each of us that activates our sense of agency

Imaginable teaches us to be fearless, resilient, and bold in realizing a world with possibilities we cannot yet imagine—until reading this transformative, inspiring, and necessary book.

We're discussing Imaginable in February (AU & Europe friendly) and March (AU & Americas friendly).

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist

Kate Raworth

Relentless financial crises. Extreme inequalities in wealth. Remorseless pressure on the environment. Anyone can see that our economic system is broken. But can it be fixed?

In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies the seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray - from selling us the myth of 'rational economic man' to obsessing over growth at all costs - and offers instead an alternative roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. Ambitious, radical and provocative, she offers a new cutting-edge economic model fit for the challenges of the 21st century. 

The final discussion of Doughnut Economics is happening in February (AU & Europe friendly).