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The Egyptian Soc. For environmental applications (NGO), 2000. Member of the National Committees of Egypt IGBP-SCOPE and IUCN, as well as the Books and Encyclopedias Committee simplified in the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT). Member of the Environment Commission, specialized National Councils. Member of Editorial Committees of several European scientific journals on Ecology P rofessor Emeritus, Animal Ecology, Cairo University. Laureate of Egypt State Encouragement Prize for Biology two times; Egypt Sciences and Arts Medal of Egypt; Kuwait Prize for Environment; Prix Charles Sauvage, Société Française d’Ecologie; Appreciation Prize from Cairo University Membre Correspondant of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Member of Egypt National Specialized Councils Visiting Professor to Lund Univ. (Sweden) 1978, UQAM (Canada) 1991, MNHN (France) 1992-1993, Univ. of Grenoble (France) 1995, Rome (La Sapienza) 1995, Université Senghor d’Alexandrie, American Univ. in Cairo Chairman: Egyptian National Committee for the UNESCO Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Consultant to International Organizations: Blue Plan of the Mediterranean, Agence de la Francophonie, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, SCOPE, IUCN, ALECSO, World Futures Studies Federation, etc. Founder of UNESCO Sponsored Online Master Program in theManagement of World Heritage at Cairo Univerity He will be survived by Dr. Rafik Ghabbour and his daughter, Engineer Samiha Ghabbour As well as his friends, students, scientific family and loved ones. KALAS KOSZEGI, Maria, Hungary Dear Jennifer, I inform you and the WFSF members that Dr. Mária Kalas Kőszegi (1927) has passed. She was an expert in world economy, she spent many years in African countries, so she had tremendous international experience. As the member of the Committee on Futures Research at the Hungarian Academy she transferred her experience to the younger futurists. Mária was a member of the Executive Board of the WFSF for many years. She built up very good connections with Eleonora Barbieri Masini and Pentti Malaska, presidents of the WFSF and with others. She very actively participated in the organizing committee of the 11. WFSF World Conference, held in Budapest. Thanks for her ideas and support in organizing the 19. WFSF World Conference, held in Budapest in 2005. Mária had a decisive role in compiling and finalizing the book “Futures Studies in the European Ex-Socialist Countries” (ed. by Erzsébet Nováky, Viorica Ramba Varga and Mária Kalas Kőszegi, Futures Studies Centre Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Adminsitration, Budapest, 2001, 213 p.). She was a very clever and kind-hearted person and friend. We learnt a lot from her in futures studies and her human character. We preserve her memory! - Erzsébet Nováky Dear WFSF Members, I am afraid I bring some more sad news of another of our very important senior WFSF Member and former Fellow have passed on: Mária Kalas Kőszegi from Hungary. I attach a message from Erzsébet Nováky with the sad news. I personally never met Mária but I was very aware of her significant contribution to futures studies in the early days. In fact I refer to her in my book “The Future: A Very Short Introduction” on page 80 under ‘Futures Education and Scholarship’. Mária and the late Erzsébet Gidai (1940 to 2008) were undertaking research in the Futures Research Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as early as 1973. As Erzsébet Novaky says below, Mária was also a major contributor to the wonderful research that they published as “Futures Studies in the European Ex-Socialist Countries” (2001). My feelings go out to Mária’s family, friends and colleagues. Warmest wishes, 48 -Jennifer -Jennifer Gidley Dear President and dear Members, Thank you for your letter. I have received the very sad news of the passing away of Mària Kalas Koszegi from her family a couple of days ago and it is a great sadness for me and I am sure for many people that knew her. Maria was a great friend of mine and she used to come and visit me in Rome quite often. She was very attached to WFSF and we were very often in touch discussing issues of importance for WFSF. She wrote very much about Futures Studies and WFSF. I feel a great sorrow about her passing away as a great friend and as a contributor to Futures Studies. She will be remembered in the area of Futures Studies by many but also as a great human being always willing to support people and being a great friend to many people. I am one of them and I miss her already very much. Let us all remember her as person of great value as well as a very competent Futures Studies Scholar. I wish to share with all of you my sorrow for the loss of a great friend and a great Scholar in Futures Studies -Eleonora Masini I was privileged to meet Vuokko at the annual Finland Futures conferences a few years ago and, of course, to hear her voice on our listserv. As I knew her, she combined a serious mind with a serious passion. She had edges that revealed a person alive. I shall hold her and her family in my heart and prayers. -Ruben Nelson This was very sad news, indeed. While I met her nearly 30 years ago, I vividly recall picking her up, when I was a student in Hawaii, for the Honolulu world conference. While I tried to play tour guide, she was even more interested in the students in the futures program, and my personal journey. Over the years, she continued to be a keen and warm supporter. I will miss her enthusiasm and energy. Here she is dancing with Stuart Candy circa 2005. -Christopher Burr Jones, Ph.D. JARVA, Vuokko, Finland Dear colleagues, At the end of March, we received the sad and unexpected news that docent Vuokko Jarva, a long-standing member of the Finnish Society for Futures Studies, and also an internationally very active writer and collaborator, has passed away. In the past few years, Vuokko participated especially actively in the publications work of our Society here in Finland, as a member of the editorial board of the Futura journal, as well as chief editor of Futura 4/2014 and 1/2016. We will publish an “In Memoriam” text of Vuokko in the next issue of Futura, written by Honorary member of the Finnish Society for Futures Studies, Maija Viherä, but if someone wants to share their memories and stories with us, please feel welcome to do so. We can forward the messages to Vuokko’s daughter, Karelia, as well. Vuokko will be missed by friends and colleagues i n Finland, Spain, and all across the globalised Futures community. We found a song linked to her Facebook page, which seems suitable to share at this time: g&list=PLpBf5LVvbhac0OXrELpkwOPKfzd-JaQEF&index=26 Sincerely, -Hazel Salminen Dear Hazel and all who knew and loved Vuokko, What a shock. I am so sad to hear of Vuokko’s passing. I met with her in Barcelona a few years ago when we were both staying there. Vuokko was a great inspiration to many women futurists and she will be missed terribly by many of us. She has been a very active member of the Federation for so long, and contributed a lot to our history discussions. She also made some important contributions a few years ago working with Natalie Dian when we were reviewing our membership processes. I remember Vuokko as being strong, warm, and with a great sense of humour. What a sad day to hear of this. Condolences to her daughter Karelia and all her dearest friends. Warmest wishes, M AY 2 0 1 8 Our Condolences! My wife was so excited to meet her in Norway. So sad and shocked! She was in touch with me very recently and was as always very supportive, curious, and deeply involved with helping others to learn better. Best Regards, -Victor Vahidi Motti Hello Hazel, My wife and I were both very sad to hear about Vuokko. Both of us had communicated with her quite frequently back a few years ago; we felt like close friends even though we never met her in person. Our conversations extended well beyond futurist topics into numerous spheres of life, both professional and personal. Vuokko and I were especially involved in a long and active exchange on the topic of consciousness; Vuokko put together a paper on the topic, which I believed appeared in the Journal of Futures Studies. She was also a great support for me in developing futurist connections with the futurist community in Finland. She was a person of great passion and zest for life. Again, we are very sorry to hear about her passing away. -Tom Lombardo Hello Futures Peoples This is Karelia, Vuokko’s daughter. I’ve only recently gained access to her email and am reading your condolences with warmth. We just welcomed her first grand child 2 weeks after her passing so it’s been an emotional and turbulent time for us. Thank you again for your kind words! If you wish to get pictures or information for a memoriam piece, or send us your memories and/or pictures please feel free to contact me at With all the best wishes, -Karelia Jarva-Gül Hello WFSF members and Karelia, As promised earlier, below and attached are Vuokko’s wise words from the Conversation on Futures Studies and Feminism in FUTURES 2008 that I had the honour of bringing together. The entire piece will all the other voices are also attached. It has become rather fashionable, especially within post- everything academia, to say that ‘women’ do not exist any more as a category, but until all women and girls in the world are safe and flourishing we must recognize that there remains a distinction from men, who hold more power in our predominantly patriarchal world. For this piece, Riane Eisler summarized our approach best in that “ the category woman includes many differences as well as commonalities”. Vuokko, understood deeply that patriarchy was hurting all genders, while recognizing that in present time women are especially hurt by patriarchal economies. Her work encouraged collaborative approaches based on partnership societies that would be create just futures. Also below are some of Vuokko Jarva’s articles in FUTURES. For me, and many others, Vuokko was a kind supporter of our fledgling work as women in futures studies. I remember her kind words of support many times over the years and especially when I first joined WFSF. Vuokko sent me her paper on Karelian women’s society and I knew I had a kindred spirit within FS. Vuokko was clear in her commitment to women’s work and values being a part of creating just, sustainable and healthy futures. I did not meet her in person, but still miss her presence greatly. And I’m happy that she lives on in our memories and in her body of FS work, some of which is below. With love, -Karen Hurley HUMAN FUTURES Futures 40 (2008) 388–407 Conversation: Futures studies and feminism Karen Hurley, Eleonora Masini, Elise Boulding, Riane Eisler, Smita Premchander, Pamela McCorduck, Patricia Kelly, Debra Bateman, Elisabet Sahtouris, Caroline Smith, Jeanette Patindol, Vuokko Jarva, Ivana Milojevic´, Linda Groff 1. Introduction This Conversation is a collection of some of futures studies most prominent women’s voices: those who have provided insight and guidance over the years and those whose wisdom is newer and emerging. This collection does not pretend to be all inclusive but a humble beginning to women’s voices becoming stronger in the din of futures talk dominated by men. The Conversation is a weaving of writings forwarded to the editors of this special issue in response to questions developed by Ivana Milojevic´ , and distributed to futurists at the conference of World Futures Studies Federation in Budapest during August 2005 and through our various networks via email. We have also taken a few liberties by including additional words from the writings of women who responded but, humbly, did not say quite enough. We recognize that there are important feminist futurist’s voices that are not included and can only say that for various reasons they were not able to participate. We hope that this conversation is only a beginning to a larger movement of women, of all ages, and around the world, becoming interested and active in creating their own localized, diverse, lush, dancing visions of the future. The Conversation begins by examining current trends, which are not hopeful on the surface but offer ample opportunities for change. As Elise Boulding [1] wrote ‘‘the chief reason for optimism regarding the future status of women in society as the year 1976 [or 2007!] [02 2017!] opens is that the old structures simply are not working anymore.’ Then the discussion offers alternative futures or scenarios to counter the notion of simply continuing present trends as a path to the future. The women respond to our questions of the relevance of feminism as a visionary ideology and social movement, whether or not we can continue to talk about ‘women’ as a group, and what role does feminism have within the practice of futures studies. The Conversation ends with preferred visions of the future and the role of women and feminists in creating positive futures. 2. Participants Vuokko Jarva, gender sensitive futurist, is an adjunct Professor, Department of Home Economics and Craft Science, University of Helsinki, Finland where she teaches and is conducting research on cognitive futures work in everyday life. 3. Current trends Qs: What would you identify as the main current trends (locally or globally) that are impacting women the most, both in negative and positive terms? Given these trends what may be the most important issues women will face in the future? Which strategies do you see as being crucial/the most likely to succeed in addressing these issues? VUOKKO JARVA: Globalization is the biggest challenge for women, both in bad and in good. The (Western) male patriarchal mode of economy is a vast threat to women all over the planet. Because the dominant male economic ideology (monetistic, capitalistic, competitive, exploitative) does not value the small-scale basic household and local economy, often unpaid work of women. The large-scale economic decisions are made without consideration of the influences in the women’s economy. This exploits more and more efficiently the resources of the women, who mainly carry the burden. This means both the intensification of the gap between the rich and the poor and incredible waste of women’s resources in crude physical work and worrying. Globalization in the spreading of knowledge and easiness of contacts independent of distance is a positive opportunity for women. It is no longer so easy to hide misdeeds, but they are very easily spread around the world so even distant people can express their opinion. As well it is much easier to spread new good ideas through the solidarity nets of women. The most important issues women have to work in future is first to connect women’s groups, working on same and common issues all around the 49