What We Do
Miriam Lueck Avery
Miriam investigates the future of how we will take care of ourselves and one another—ranging from self-care to health care, work and aging, nutrition and food systems. She began interning with IFTF in 2003, joined the research staff full time in 2007, and served as a research director working primarily with the Health, Food, and Ten-Year Forecast programs. Miriam currently leads IFTF's Foresight Studio, designing and teaching curriculum in this newly minded foresight methods and training initiative.
As an anthropologist, Miriam has an overarching interest in how individual and collective choices make the future. Her passion as a forecaster is envisioning futures that inspire people to urgent optimism. Only with the foresight mindset can we navigate complex transitions, make resilient communities, and create circumstances in which we all can thrive. She presents forecasts in strategic roadmaps, conferences, panel discussions, and keynote presentations. She also designs group processes that facilitate anticipating the future and making strategic decisions in the present. Her areas of research interest include well-being futures, food futures, human-centered futures, participatory foresight and emotionally empowering futures. She holds a BA in anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.