In Memoriam – Alvin Toffler

Toffler’s Prescription for Future Shock = Anticipatory Democracy Alvin Toffler’s book, Future Shock, was a major event in the futures field.  He identified the side effects of increasingly rapid change (future shock) and he gave a prescription – Anticipatory Democracy.  His focus and advocacy spawned community efforts around the country to consider goals and alternative […]

IAF’s IEEE Scenarios and Oxfam Peruvian Agriculture Scenarios

In Aspirational Futures: Integrating Aspirations and Fears in Collective Futures Building, Marguerite Grandjean summarizes the Aspirational Futures method and several of our projects for a project by Futuribles International and CAP Prospective, who are working to create a toolkit of approaches, methods and techniques of strategic foresight. This new report covers two projects that Marguerite […]

The First Year Of The Health Equity And Prosperity Project

by Jonathan C. Peck, President & Sr. Futurist In January of 2015, IAF began a multi-sector project for health equity and prosperity with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in partnership with a remarkable group of organizations. We sought to foster a better conversation about our shared futures than the political campaigns would […]


“Public Health Futures” by Clement Bezold, Yasemin Arikan, and Trevor Thompson in: Bialek, R., Beitsch, L. M., & Moran, J. W. (2017). Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration. Routledge. We’re delighted to have our work comprise the first chapter of Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration. In this new book, more than 50 population health […]

New IAF Project on Human Progress and Human Services 2035

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 29, 2016 – Human Services organizations face many challenges such as economic trends, government spending cuts and extreme weather events. The organizations must also reinvent and reimage their approach and services while creating more person-centered, holistic practices. To explore these issues and identify implications for today’s strategies, The Kresge Foundation has awarded […]

Master Class: Sign up for IAF’s Wiser Futures Workshop at WFS

Clem Bezold and Willis Goldbeck will be offering IAF’s Wiser Futures Workshop as a Master Class on July 21, 2016 prior to the World Future Society’s annual Conference in Washington. This popular Master Class introduces the Institute for Alternative Futures’ unique aspirational futures approach that enhances understanding of plausible futures and enables better creation of […]

IAF takes part in panel on 2015-16 State of the Future report by Millennium Project

Clem Bezold with the Institute for Alternative Futures will take part in a panel on the launch of the 2015-16 State of the Future report by the Millennium Project. Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC October 2, 2015 at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 5th Floor conference room Sign up to attend at This […]

Designing for the Next Economic Transformation – Post Job Abundance

Clem Bezold presented on emerging views of next economic transformation at the World Future Society Conference in San Francisco on July 26th. Our nation is facing a host of challenges, including the futures of work and economy.  As author and social thinker Jeremy Rifkin notes in his most recent book, we are seeing the birth […]

Bezold WFS Conference Session on “The Post-Job Economy: More Abundant Than You Think”

A major part of our collective future will be the elimination of a significant percentage of jobs, and a transition of households and communities to producing and co-producing much of what they need. Mechanization has eliminated most jobs in agriculture; automation continues to eliminate manufacturing jobs. Next, cognitive computing is on the way to taking […]

Fourth Public Sector Foresight Network Meeting

The Public Sector Foresight Network (PSFN) began with a 2011 breakfast meeting in Vancouver, Canada. We are delighted to announce five years later that our July 2015 meeting will be held in San Francisco, California. Members of the network will convene at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 24, before the […]