Vulnerability 2030
Healthcare Futures
Learning Innovation
Pro Poor Foresight
Health Despair
controls Foresight Seminars Healthcare Futures Diabetes 2025 Pro-Poor Foresight Health Disparities
Vulnerability 2030 Scenarios
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Explore the Future of Vulnerability in the U.S.
IAF has developed a set of scenarios to describe the alternative futures of vulnerability in the U.S. IAF has also developed a “scenario toolkit” to help policy-makers and nonprofits use these scenarios in their own planning.
The Future of Primary Care
Kresge Foundation Grant to Explore Primary Care in 2025
With funding from the Kresge Foundation, IAF has explored the likely and preferable futures for primary care and developed a set of scenarios to describe primary care in the year 2025.
Diabetes 2025
Novo Nordisk Project to Forecast Diabetes Prevalence and Cost
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.
Pro-Poor Foresight
Foresight to Accelerate and Enhance Pro-Poor Development Opportunities
In March 2009, IAF facilitated a Rockefeller Foundation conference on how futures tools can be used on behalf of the world’s poor. This is just part of IAF’s ongoing efforts to use foresight to identify opportunities to accelerate global development.
Health Disparities
IAF’s Disparity Reducing Advances (DRA) Project
The Disparity Reducing Advances Project (the DRA Project) is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project to identify the most promising advances for bringing health gains to the poor and underserved and accelerating the development and deployment of these advances to reduce disparities.


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. IAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and education organization. IAF has also worked with a wide range of leading multinational corporations through its for-profit subsidiary, Alternative Futures Associates (AFA). View our brochure here and for more information, write to or call us at 703.684.5880.


World Scenarios in 2030 for IEEE

What potential innovations could IEEE, the world’s largest association for technical and technological professions, foster over the next two decades to benefit humankind to the best of its ability? Click here to learn about the scenarios IAF developed for IEEE to frame and nourish its strategic planning process.

IAF is proud to announce the 2014-2016 cohort of KP Burch awardees

The Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program recently selected its 2014-2016 cohort of leadership development awardees. Click here to read the full announcement.