Explore. Aspire. Create. Evolve.
We open eyes, hearts and minds to alternative futures showing that aspiration is powerful and enduring. We partner with individuals, communities, and organizations worldwide to look over the horizon so that their decisions today are accountable to tomorrow.
Human Progress and Human Services 2035
Patterned after IAF’s very successful Public Health 2030 effort, the Human Progress and Human Services 2035 Project worked with leading associations in the field as well as key state and local human service agencies.
Health Equity and Prosperity
IAF gathered a range of partners and successfully demonstrated how we might build multisector partnerships, whom we engage in a conversation on health equity and prosperity, and how we can engage those who are not part of this conversation.
Public Health 2030
IAF developed scenarios for the public health field. Released in 2014, IAF’s report, Public Health 2030: A Scenario Exploration, offers four alternative scenarios for the future of public health, and recommendations for robust strategies that would be effective and advance public health in multiple futures.
IAF has conducted a study to provide detailed diabetes prevalence and cost forecasts for each of the 50 states, including demographic breakdowns. The study was commissioned by the global diabetes care company Novo Nordisk to provide insights into how this growing epidemic could affect local economies.
The Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) is a leader in the creation of preferred futures. Since its founding in 1977 by Clement Bezold, Alvin Toffler and James Dator, IAF has helped organizations monitor trends, explore future possibilities and create the futures they prefer. IAF draws on a robust selection of futures methodologies, such as environmental scans, forecasts, scenarios, visioning and its own “aspirational futures” technique. Past clients include the World Health Organization, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, AARP, and the American Cancer Society.
News & Events
Highlights from IAF’s 40th AnniversaryHappy Birthday, IAF! On October 5, 2017, the Institute for Alternative Futures celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the United Way Learning Center in Alexandria, VA. IAF grew out of the work that Jim...
IAF Releases Human Services 2035 ReportThe Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) and The Kresge Foundation release a new publication, Human Services and Human Progress 2035, that explores what human progress, human need and human service...
The Human Services Value Curve and the Future of Human Services and Human ProgressBy Clem Bezold, Chairman and Senior Futurist, and Mary Carenbauer, Futurist IAF’s Human Progress and Human Services 2035 effort considers and constructs alternative futures for human services and...