What We Do
IFTF can work collaboratively with your teams, your leaders, your entire organization, or your public to create custom foresight that leads to insight and shapes action in the present.
Strategic Planning: Foresight—Insight—Action
Through our Foresight-Insight-Action workshops, we can assist your strategic planners by provoking them to think about alternative futures, and then helping them uncover relevant insights for their organization or initiatives. By participating in this insight phase of the cycle, they are better able to articulate and agree upon action steps—and to follow through with them as they transition from strategy to tactics.
How can you use foresight to gain insights that will enable you to make better, more impactful decisions today? Building on ideas from our Future of Learning research, IFTF has developed a provocative workshop process that will help you design and prototype new impactful offerings for the coming decade. Our Learning Pathways Workshop will immerse your organization in the future and help you build new pathways toward greater resilience and innovation. More »
Scenario Development: Strategic Exploration
In addition to foresight scenarios that depict a range of alternative outside-in futures, IFTF can work with you to develop internal scenarios that help you assess alternative strategic directions for your organization, such as alternative approaches to intellectual property or alternative health care policies. For these scenarios, we can bring all of our creative media skills to bear, from digital video stories that capture a day-in-the-life to custom artifacts of the future.
Custom Workshops: Content Facilitation
We bring foresight to the workshop setting and facilitate group processes that achieve your goals. We can design workshop agendas and lead groups to embed foresight into your decision-making styles. We practice many different workshop processes, including design charettes, open meetings, and hack days—and we can incorporate elements of each of these into your custom workshop.
Public Events: From Foresight to Policy
IFTF can bring foresight to public policy discussions at the local, regional or national level. We can convene the right experts, provide the foresight frameworks, and get people talking about the way forward—whether the topic is the future of health, education, work, or governance, and beyond.
Speeches, Presentations, and White Papers: Topical Foresight
IFTF staff are frequently called on to give topic-oriented presentations or develop white papers on topics of particular interest to an organization or community. These presentations build on our foundational research in core programs, such as Ten-Year Forecast, Technology Horizons, and Health Horizons.