Strategic Foresight in the Federal Government: A Survey of Methods, Resources and Institutional Arrangements

Strategic Foresight in the Federal Government identifies approaches and practices for improving Federal foresight efforts and integrating foresight work into strategic planning and decision-making.  It reports on a study sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of current foresight activities in 19 U.S. federal government agencies. EPA staff, working with the Institute for Alternative Futures, […]

Futures of Governance: leading through networks

By 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 accountants for various departments and agencies in the federal government back in 2014. I gave them two statements and asked which one […]

Alternative 2057 Forecasts

What are the futures of energy, transportation, information and communication technologies in 2057? What about the economy, jobs, health and healthcare, and the environment, society, and governance? Lots to think about. To stimulate thinking about changes coming over the next forty years, IAF created alternative forecasts as building blocks for scenarios using the Aspirational Futures […]

Bezold on the History and Future of Anticipatory Democracy and Foresight

At the IAF 40th Anniversary and in a recent article published in the World Futures Review, Clem Bezold described the history and the future of anticipatory democracy and foresight. Below we share some highlights from these. For the full article, please click here. I started IAF in 1977 together with Jim Dator and Alvin Toffler […]

Highlights from IAF’s 40th Anniversary

Happy Birthday, IAF! On October 5, 2017, the Institute for Alternative Futures celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the United Way Learning Center in Alexandria, VA. IAF grew out of the work that Jim Dator, Clem Bezold, and others had been doing in the mid-1970s with Alvin Toffler to promote foresight and anticipatory democracy. IAF has […]

IAF Releases Human Services 2035 Report

The Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) and The Kresge Foundation release a new publication, Human Services and Human Progress 2035, that explores what human progress, human need and human services will be in the United States in 2035. The human services sector includes over 100,000 organizations and provides $200 billion in services. Yet it faces […]

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 […]