IFTF + You
No single organization can solve the complex challenges facing the world today, particularly in the fields of health and health care. At the Institute for the Future (IFTF), we bring together a wide variety of stakeholders—from health care to food and retail—to work toward more resilient responses for the complex challenges facing global health. For more than 30 years IFTF’s Health Horizons Program has brought futures thinking to the world of health and health care by looking for unexpected connections across this variety of stakeholders. Our research explores the social, scientific, economic and technological forces affecting health and grounds them with a deep understanding of the lives of individuals and families. By sensing connections between large-scale change and individual lives, we help organizations develop strategic insights and long-range initiatives to transcend boundaries and create person- centered approaches to supporting health and well-being.
2014 Research Agenda
As we look out toward 2025, we can see demographic patterns that are at once unprecedented and seemingly unsustainable. Numbers like a global population of 1.2 billion people over the age of 60 suggest a stark future in which many of our traditional health institutions are overwhelmed by a gap between capacity and demand. But these numbers conceal a wave of new adaptations by the entire population—adaptations to our rapidly changing economic, social, technological, and natural environments—that have the potential to transform the human experience of aging and how we pursue health, well-being, and joy in our lives.
In 2014, Institute for the Future’s Health Horizons program will embark on a year-long global exploration of the most novel and innovative efforts that will help us overcome this gap and create a sustainable and resilient landscape for aging.
2014 Deliverable Summary
Health Horizons members will gain practical insight into how new approaches to health, food, technology, work and retirement will transform aging through the following program deliverables:
- Map of the Decade will forecast the new kinds of initiatives and innovations that will emerge to meet new demands around health, caregiving, food, and technology as people age.
- Spring Conference will connect you with leading innovators from around the world as we collaboratively explore new approaches to meet the demands of aging.
- Persona Insight Tool will introduce you to the values, practices and needs of current and future seniors to focus your long-range strategic initiatives with a person-centered approach.
- Fall Exchange and Make the Future Event will guide you through a series of exercises to begin developing prototypes to jumpstart your action steps today.
- Private Research Access Members’ only access to past Health Horizons content and reports.