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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 […]

News Release: Health Equity and Prosperity Project

New Effort Aims for National Conversation on Health Equity and Prosperity Social, economic and environmental factors drive inequities in health that have a devastating impact on communities, reducing the health potential for individuals, families and the nation as a whole. This lost health potential diminishes national prosperity and security, reducing the capacity of workers to […]

Save the Date: Health Equity and Prosperity Conference

We intend to seed thousands of conversations on health equity, freedom and justice across the United States beginning on August 4th and 5th through a historic event to take place at the University of Maryland. This conference will inspire participants to initiate or host health equity and prosperity vision dialogues around the nation.

IAF Releases National Public Health 2030 Scenarios

IAF’s new 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. Click here to access the scenarios and learn more about the Public Health 2030 project.

Public Health 2030 futures for rural and urban America

What will public health in rural and urban America look like in 2030? IAF has released two new sets of scenarios and a workshop toolkit for leaders and organizations in local public health to support strategy formulation and planning. Click here to learn about Public Health 2030 scenarios for Fargo Cass Public Health and the […]