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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, […]

On Building and Inspiring Resilience

By Jonathan Peck, President & Sr. Futurist   When we understand resilience to mean the ability to spring forward when challenged, perhaps the best cultural example we can find is the historic experience of African Americans.  Imagine being kidnapped, thrown into the hold of a ship packed with people you do not know, underfed and […]

Major Lessons for Building a Culture of Health

How might multi-sector partnerships support a diverse movement to raise opportunities for everyone to pursue a healthier life? Who can engage in a conversation on health equity and prosperity that leads to vision and action? How do we reach and engage people who are not part of this conversation? To explore these questions, IAF gathered […]

Human Services 2035 at South by Southwest

For the last two years, IAF has worked with the human services community and several states, cities, and counties to explore the future of human progress and human services. If you’ll be going to South by Southwest (SXSW), we’d love to see you at our session next Monday, March 12, 2018 from 3:30-4:30pm CT as […]

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 […]