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.
Health Equity and Prosperity
Hundreds of leaders from different sectors and communities will develop strategies for systems change and devise action plans for activating health equity networks in specific action areas, including health care, education, employment, housing, and community development
Human Progress and Human Services 2035
Patterned after IAF’s very successful Public Health 2030 effort, Human Progress and Human Services 2035 will work with the leading associations in the field as well as key state and local human service agencies.
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
In Memoriam – Alvin TofflerToffler’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 rap...
IAF’s IEEE Scenarios and Oxfam Peruvian Agriculture ScenariosIn 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 ...
The First Year Of The Health Equity And Prosperity Projectby 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 p...