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
Aspirational Futures, Updated and Selected for Major Source of Key Works in Futures StudiesAndy Hines and Richard Slaughter are updating the Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (KBFS), used by some of the leading academic futures programs as major source of key works in the field. We are ple...
Strategic Foresight in the Federal Government: A Survey of Methods, Resources and Institutional ArrangementsStrategic Foresight in the Federal Government identifies approaches and practices for improving Federal foresight efforts and integrating foresight work into strategic planning and decision-making. ...
Futures of Governance: leading through networksBy Jonathan Peck, President and Senior Futurist What is our best hope for governance in the decades ahead? This question has grown more pressing for me ever since I spoke with hundreds of accountan...