The Human Services Value Curve and the Future of Human Services and Human Progress

By 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 human progress and how successful these may be nationally and in different areas across the country. Two of the four scenarios in each set of the scenario […]

Guaranteed Basic Income: a Future Policy to Reshape Human Services in the United States?

By Clem Bezold, Chairman and Senior Futurist, and Mary Carenbauer, Futurist What is a Basic Income? And Why Have One? The guaranteed basic income – also called the Universal Basic Income, the Negative Income Tax, the Citizen’s Income, and the Basic Income Guarantee – is a cash payment made to individuals, often unconditionally. The concept […]

Trends in Abundance Advances Shaping the Futures of Human Services and Human Progress

By Clem Bezold, Chairman and Senior Futurist, and Mary Carenbauer, Futurist Technological advancements that could become widely used in the 2020s, have the ability to lower the cost of living while supporting equity and sustainability. These tools can increase self-sufficiency and help families and communities meet some of their needs. These include technologies for low-cost […]

Forecasting Housing Options Shaping Human Progress and Human Services

This post is part of a series on forecast areas with potential disruptive developments (positive and negative) shaping the futures of human needs and human services over the years to 2035. The final scenarios and main report will be released in the upcoming months here. Previously we wrote on job loss to automation and new […]

Trends in Equity Shaping Human Needs and Human Services

As a prelude to the release of the Human Progress and Human Services 2035 scenarios and main report in the upcoming months, we are sharing forecasts for some of the potential disruptive developments (positive and negative) shaping human needs and human services. In this post, we cover equity rising, the growing values of equity and […]

Trends in Automation and Jobs Shaping Human Needs and Human Services

With funding from The Kresge Foundation, IAF has been working with the human services community to explore the futures of human progress and human services up to and in 2035. We have developed national scenarios, as well as worked with three cities (Memphis, TN, San Antonio, TX and Richmond, VA), three counties (Montgomery County, MD, […]