IFTF Foresight Essentials is a comprehensive portfolio of strategic foresight training and tools based on over five decades of proven practices and methods. The tools foster mindsets and skills that enable individuals and organizations to foresee future forces, identify emerging needs, and develop future-ready strategies. Adaptable for social impact organizations, businesses, and government agencies, IFTF Foresight Essentials provides tailored training to meet diverse needs.

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In our trainings you will learn to:

Imagine possibilities that don’t yet exist

Challenge mental models and assumptions

Examine unintended consequences

Gather and analyze data for foresight

Anticipate new opportunities and offerings

Create plans and roadmaps

Build future-readiness and a shared perspective on how the future can be different

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Foresight Essentials For Individuals

For Individuals

Comprehensive tools and frameworks for your complete professional foresight practice: build your futures imagination, confidence, and stakeholder strategies. All IFTF Foresight Essentials trainings for individuals offer a certification to graduates. And, you’ll join our global network of like-minded foresight professionals.

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Foresight Essentials for Teams

For Teams

Customized sessions for leaders, teams, and organizations to build strategic foresight capabilities that can be applied to strategy, talent and leadership development, innovation, and design. We offer both live-online and in-person training options, at a pace that makes sense for your organizational needs and goals.

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FE For Community

For Community

Join us for a wide variety of learning and networking experiences that connect you to new knowledge, practical techniques, and amazing people. Institute for the Future is honored to provide opportunities for the community to share ideas, level up skills, and grow the foresight field around the world.

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The training at Institute for the Future was one of the most well-paced, engaging, and mind-opening trainings I have experienced. The diversity of staff, content, and pedagogical methodologies made for an exciting course with tools I could immediately apply to transform our business. Sean MacDonald, Global Chief Innovation Officer, McCann Worldgroup
In a world full of massive uncertainty and disruption, the IFTF Foresight Essentials course gave me the tools, mindset, and confidence to design multiple futures and act to make them a reality. Whatever your role, business, or mission, this training will help you act with purpose, eyes wide open to the future, and take everyone along with you. Nicola Holden, Head of Digital Culture, United Nations Development Programme
The IFTF Foresight Essentials training was absolutely world-class. It was undoubtedly the best learning experience I've encountered. Bev Johnson, Global Innovation Program Specialist, Design Department, Logitech
For anyone interested in designing the future, futures thinking, or future-proofing anything you do, the Design Futures course is a must. Ahmed Best, Afro-Rithms Futures Group, BISN media
IFTF Foresight Essentials is one of the most engaging courses I have taken in a long time. The IFTF approach is both incredibly creative and very practical — I could easily understand the application of each tool within my unique professional context. Katia Tynan, Urban Resilience Strategist, City of Vancouver

Scholarships Available

Do you need financial assistance?

IFTF offers a limited number of scholarships for individuals who are underrepresented in the field of foresight or are using foresight for social good.



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