Pentti Malaska – A Visionary and Forerunner intellectual biography published now also in English

​The book provides an insight into the futures research ideas, theories and methods developed by Pentti Malaska. It also addresses some of his key areas of research interest, such as the role of human potential in driving humankind’s development and ways of repairing humankind’s broken relationship with nature.

The book gives a voice to Pentti Malaska’s close colleagues and friends, who consider his life’s achievements and look back at their collaboration with Pentti. This volume has been compiled as a tribute to a true pioneer of futures research.

The book has been edited by Laura Pouru, Markku Wilenius, Karin Holstius and Sirkka Heinonen and it is published in the Futures Series by The Finnish Society for Futures Studies. The book was originally published in Finnish in 2017 as “Pentti Malaska – Ennalta näkijä, edellä kulkija”.

Pouru, Laura – Wilenius, Markku – Holstius, Karin & Heinonen, Sirkka (eds.) (2018)

Pentti Malaska
– A Visionary and Forerunner

Futures Series 9
The Finnish Society for Futures Studies, 243 p.

ISBN 978-951-98852-7-8 (print)
ISBN 978-951-98852-8-5 (pdf)
ISSN 1235-0028.

Pdf-version of the book.

Flyer of the book (pdf)

Orders (free of charge): tutuseura(a)  

Further information:
Project Manager Laura Pouru, laura.pouru(a), tel. + 358 50 329 0711



 “I met Pentti in Dubrovnik where he gave a lecture that was absolutely mind-blowing. It was one of the few truly futures-oriented lectures that were given there in this course on futures studies. And I said this is a tremendous intellect, and a warm person who is able to combine both – the mind and the emotion very well.”

Jim Dator, Director, Professor of the Hawaii Research Centre for Futures Studies


“We were two committed futurists, doing our best to understand and help create futures studies, encourage others to do so too, and even hoped the results of our work might help create a better world.”

Wendell Bell, Futurist, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale University


“It is a truly momentous achievement to establish a new discipline out of nothing and to gain an academic status for that disci¬pline. Without Pentti’s resolve and his skills of cooperation, the discipline of futures studies and its institutions would not exist on the scale they do in Finland today. I have no idea who would have undertaken such a venture had it not been Pentti.”

Ilkka Niiniluoto, Academician of Science, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki


The Pentti Malaska book
was launched
on 19 April 2018 in Helsinki. 
Take a look at some
of the photos
taken during the event.