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 maintained that focus – developing tools and approaches for better understanding what the future might be and for choosing wisely and creating the futures we prefer, our visions.
With this symposium we celebrated futures past by looking back forty years and we explored futures coming over the next forty years. We looked backward and forward with the help of two panels.
Highlights from this celebration are now available in “Symposium on Foresight and Creating the Futures We Prefer: Highlights from IAF’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.”
We thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation for their support and for their great interest in helping us all shape better futures. We also thank each of our clients, partners, and readers – past and future – for joining IAF in our foresight journey.