David Pearce Snyder’s topic of discussion when he comes to Austin on May 2,2002 as the featured speaker for the Central Texas Chapter of the World Future Society’s kick-off community event. The FREE event is scheduled for May 2,2002, 7:00 PM at the Jones Auditorium in the Ragsdale Center, central campus of St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX. Seating is limited so attendees must pre register via e-mail at [email protected]

“A terrible thing happened to America on the way to the future. However, as H.G. Wells observed a century ago, the great events and personalities of the past have not altered the course of history; rather, they have largely served to either accelerate of retard the long-term forces of change,” observes world renowned David Pearce Snyder, whose impressive 30-year track record and million-item database of trends and projections enables him to create detailed scenarios of the most probable economic, technologic and social realities of the future. As a consulting futurist he often is called to discuss in detail the operating environments of specific industries, institutions and professions. He enlivens his forecasts with insights and anecdotes gathered from over twenty years as lifestyles editor of The Futurist magazine. Snyder uses his “instant pre-plays” of the most probably future to distinguish short-term fads from long-term trends, and to separate conventional thinking from strategic thinking. In his talk on the evening of May 2nd, David Pearce Snyder will explore the long-term promise of the 21st Century, and bring his insights home to the Austin audience. He is the editor/co-author of five books, and has appeared on Nightline, the Today Show, CNN and MSNBC.

Members of the press are welcome to attend the May 2nd presentation and Mr. Snyder will make time available for interviews during the day of May 3rd, please contact Paul Schumann to arrange a time.

About the Central Texas Chapter World Future Society: The organization is in its formation stage and plans to begin a membership drive following this first community event. As a local chapter of the World Future Society, the Central Texas group will not align itself with any particular political or religious party or agenda. The organization will adhere to the objectives of promoting public understanding and advancing serious and responsible investigation of the future. Activities of the Central Texas Chapter will include meetings, networking events, conferences, speeches and public presentations and a periodic communication/newsletter or magazine. Membership is open to all people interested in the future. Additional information may be found on its web site: www.glocalvantage.com/CenTexWFS/index.html

About the World Future Society: The World Future Society is an association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The Society was founded in 1966 and is chartered as a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Washington, D.C., USA. The Society strives to serve as a neutral clearinghouse for ideas about the future. Ideas about the future include forecasts, recommendations and alternate scenarios. These ideas help people to anticipate what may happen in the next 5, 10 or more years ahead. When people can visualize a better future, they can begin to create it. Membership is open to anyone. The Society includes over 30,000 people in more than 80 countries. For more information visit the web site www.wfs.org