IAF to explore the future of public health in the U.S.
IAF Releases Scenarios of Health and Health Care in 2032
IAF has released a set of scenarios for health and health care in 2032, which were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of its 40th anniversary recognition.
IAF and Rockefeller Foundation Release Workshop Report
IAF has released Scanning for a Brighter Future, the report from a May 2012 Rockefeller Foundation workshop organized by IAF.
Call for Nominations: Young Leader Awards
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will honor up to 10 young leaders 40 years of age and under who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans, will be selected to receive individual awards of $40,000. Nominations deadline: July 16, 2012. Click here to learn more.
PBS NewsHour poll solicits thoughts on IAF's Primary Care 2025 Scenarios
IAF's Primary Care 2025 Scenarios are featured on the PBS NewsHour website through February 7, 2012. Click here to vote on the likelihood and preferability of the scenarios and share your thoughts.
IAF Announces Winners of International Pro-Poor Scenarios Competition
This competition invited submissions of scenarios that place poor poplulations at the center of concern. Click here to see the winning submissions.
U.S. Military Adopts Total Fitness Framework from IAF/ Samueli Conference
On Sept. 1, 2011, ADM Mullen released CJCSI 3405.1, which institutionalizes the learning from a conference facilitated by IAF and the Samueli Institute.
IAF Assists GAO on the Future of Geoengineering Research
Click here to view the report, Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses, which includes four alternative geoengineering scenarios.
IAF to Facilitate Rockefeller Foundation Searchlight Group Meeting
The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded a grant to the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) to facilitate the third annual gathering of Rockefeller Foundation Searchlight grantees, to be held in New York in May 2012.
Eric Meade Asks, What If We Loved the Poor?
IAF vice president Eric Meade recently published an article, “What If We Loved the Poor?”, in the Spring 2011 issue of World Future Review. Click here to read the article.
Barbara Krimgold Elected to IAF Board of Directors
IAF is proud to welcome Barbara Krimgold to our Board of Directors. Ms. Krimgold currently serves as director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's postdoctoral Kellogg Health Scholars Program and of the Multidisciplinary-Disparities track for that program at the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to translating health research to policy and practice.
Clem Bezold Receives WFS Futurist of the Year Award
On July 10, 2011, the World Future Society honored founder and chairman Clem Bezold with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Society’s annual meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
IAF Releases Primary Care 2025: A Scenario Exploration
On January 23, 2012, IAF released Primary Care 2025: A Scenario Exploration, funded by the Kresge Foundation. The link includes a toolkit for using the scenarios within your organization.
Ben Sheppard publishes article on terrorism and avoidance behaviors
In July 2011, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management published the initial findings from a study by IAF Senior Associate Ben Sheppard on managing avoidance and adaptive behavoirs following terrorist events. The research was supported in part by the Department of Homeland Security through START at the University of Maryland and CREATE at the University of Southern California. Click here for the article.
Diabetes 2025 Released
On March 16, 2011, IAF released detailed diabetes prevalence and cost forecasts for each of the 50 states and selected metropolitan areas, including demographic breakdowns. The study was commissioned by Novo Nordisk. Click here to learn how this growing epidemic could affect your region though our interactive map and briefing papers.
IAF co-sponsors Hill Briefing on violence and health promotion
On Feb. 2, 2011, IAF will co-sponsor a congressional briefing organized by the Prevention Institute and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin entitled "Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living." Click here for the full announcement.
Sheppard appears on The Big Picture
IAF Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Sheppard appeared on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann on January 19 to discuss whether political rhetoric can influence the narrative to cause individuals to pursue acts of violence. (Starts 19 minutes into the program.)
Vulnerability 2030 Scenarios Released
On January 10, 2011, IAF released drafts of its RWJF-funded scenarios on the future of vulnerability in the U.S. Comments from the public were accepted for a period of two weeks, and are now being incorporated into the final version of the scenario report that will be released in March. Click here for more information.
Sheppard Facilitates Municipal Government Planning in Mexico
On January 13, 2011, IAF Senior Associate Ben Sheppard ran a workshop to assist the Puebla municipal government in Mexico identify how they can increase the attractiveness of the region to foreign direct investment. In conjunction with Alexandria, VA-based Idea Sciences, Sheppard employed risk analysis tools and ran an exercise to help the municipal leaders map the dynamics affecting the public “narrative” about the attractiveness of the region. This initiative built upon Sheppard’s work in Ecuador, where he was invited to teach a three-day course in Political Risk Analysis at the Catholic University in Guayaquil. The course was based on the graduate degree program he teaches at the Elliott School for International Relations at The George Washington University. The class was comprised mainly of older students with diverse employment backgrounds. Course topics included expropriation, governance, and the use of future tools in political risk analysis.
Meade featured in Canadian press
IAF vice president Eric Meade's work on the future of law enforcement was featured in a variety of Canadian newspapers, among them the Montreal Gazette.
Exploring the future of nursing
IAF President and Senior Futurist Jonathan Peck facilitated the annual meeting of Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, "Unlocking the Door to the Future: Embracing a Shared Vision for Nursing." The event was held December 1-3, 2010 in Washington, D.C. and included approximately 200 participants.
IAF receives Kresge Foundation grant to explore CHCs leveraging the social determinants of health
The Kresge Foundation has awarded a grant to IAF to study the current and future role of community health centers in improving the health of their patients and of their communities through their work beyond the clinic.
IAF receives Kresge Foundation grant to explore the future of primary care
IAF will explore the likely and preferable futures of primary care and develop a set of scenarios to describe primary care in the year 2025 with funding from the Kresge Foundation. Click here for the full announcement.
Bezold presents at conference on future of Mexico
IAF chairman Clem Bezold joined experts from around the world to present on contemporary trends shaping the future of Mexico at "Encuentro en Mexico 2010", held in Mexico City on October 19-22, 2010.
Meade addresses future of prisons
IAF vice president Eric Meade addressed the Forward Thinking group within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he provided a framework for understanding emerging expectations of the American prison system.
IAF joins panel on foresight and policy in government
Clem Bezold and Jonathan Peck joined a panel on July 30, 2010 on uniting foresight and policy in governance. The Event was held in conjunction with the Project on National Security Reform’s (PNSR) book launch of its "Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios," where Leon Fuerth, former national security advisor to Vice President Al Gore, also presented.
UTMB and IAF partner to develop hurricane and healthy neighborhood scenarios
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and Clem Bezold have partnered to create a set of hurricane scenarios for the county of Galveston, TX, and to develop a tool-kit that communities can use to develop local hurricane scenarios and develop action agendas.
IAF futurist addresses microfinance conference
IAF vice president Eric Meade presented a paper on the future of microfinance impact assessment to an audience in Glasgow, UK that included Grameen Bank founder and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus. Click here for the paper.
IAF and Altarum Institute co-sponsor policy roundtable
On June 17, 2010, IAF's Jonathan Peck joined Catherine DeAngelis and Sheila Burke on a panel moderated by Robert Kelch on “From Right to Responsibility: What Does the 'American Experience' Mean for the Success of Health Care Reform?”
IAF completes pro-poor scenario toolkit
With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, IAF has created a toolkit for communities, countries and regions to develop pro-poor scenarios and action agendas around the world.
IAF presents Wiser Futures at WFS conference in July
Clem Bezold and Eric Meade will present IAF's popular Wiser Futures workshop at the World Future Society conference in Boston on July 8, 2010. Click here for more information.
Total Fitness for the 21st Century
IAF has released the report from its conference for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Total Fitness for the 21st Century.
Eric Meade speaks to Council of Communication Management
IAF vice president Eric Meade addressed the annual conference of CCM on May 5, 2010 in Philadelphia on the "Psychological Implications of The Authentic Enterprise."
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IAF releases report: Optimal Futures for REMS
IAF has released the report from its Sept. 2009 workshop on the FDA's new Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS).
IAF releases report on pro-poor foresight
IAF, in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation, has released Foresight for Smart Globalization: Accelerating & Enhancing Pro-Poor Development Opportunities.