Palo Alto, CA—IFTF is announcing today our partnership with California 100, an ambitious statewide initiative to envision and shape the long-term success of the state, as part of the California 100 research grants. The California 100 research awards will enable institutions across California to evaluate the current facts, origins and future trends for 13 issue areas and how they will affect California in the coming century. A team of IFTF researchers led by Executive Director Marina Gorbis will collaborate with the California 100 research team as their work begins this summer.
“What we are experiencing today in California—the pandemic, climate emergency, enormous wealth inequalities—are the result of decisions and choices made decades ago,” says Gorbis. “The goal of our collaboration with California 100 is to engage and imagine the kind of future we would want to live in and help design actions and policies that would get us there.”
IFTF brings more than 50 years of experience in trend analysis, scenario development, and futures methods to help support the efforts of the California 100 Initiative in building a transformative vision for California’s future.
The research is planned to be completed by December 2021, and it will lead to a set of policy alternatives for the future of California. The policy alternatives will be developed in conjunction with research teams from 12 other issue areas, and will be coordinated by Henry Brady, director of research of the California 100 Initiative and former Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley. “We are excited to work with our research partners that are international experts in their issue areas,” Brady noted. “We will not only develop a comprehensive knowledge base on various policy issues, but we will also offer actionable recommendations for the California 100 Commission and the larger public to consider.”
The California 100 Commission is a multi-generational advisory body that will develop recommendations for the state’s future and test those recommendations across a broad set of policy areas by directly engaging Californians. Karthick Ramakrishnan, executive director of the California 100 Initiative, is tasked with assembling and engaging the Commission, and ensuring that the research stream intersects with the initiative’s other activities including advanced technology, policy innovation, and stakeholder engagement.
“From climate change, to aging populations and rapid changes in industry, California will face enormous challenges in the years ahead,” Ramakrishnan noted. “We are fortunate to be able to draw on the deep talent of researchers in California to produce evidence and recommendations that will inform robust public engagement and set the state on a strong, long-term trajectory for success.”
About the California 100 Research Grants
California 100 is a new statewide initiative being incubated at the University of California and Stanford University focused on inspiring a vision and strategy for California’s next century that is innovative, sustainable, and equitable. The initiative will harness the talent of a diverse array of leaders through research, policy innovation, advanced technology, and stakeholder engagement. As part of its research stream of work, California 100 is sponsoring 13 research projects focused on the following issue areas:
- Advanced technology and basic research
- Arts, culture, and entertainment
- Economic mobility, inequality and workforce
- Energy, environment and natural resources
- Federalism and foreign policy
- Fiscal reform
- Governance, media, and civil society
- Health and wellness
- Housing and community development
- Immigrant integration
- Public safety and criminal justice reform
- Transportation and urban planning
About Institute for the Future
Institute for the Future is the world’s leading futures organization. For over 53 years, businesses, governments, and social impact organizations have depended upon IFTF global forecasts, custom research, foresight education and training to navigate complex change and develop world-ready strategies. IFTF methodologies and toolsets yield coherent views of transformative possibilities across all sectors that together support a more sustainable future. Institute for the Future is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California.
For more information about California 100, please visit California100.org.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTURE (IFTF) AND ITS ROLE
Institute for the future (IFTF) is partnering with California 100 to bring more than 50 years of experience in trend analysis, scenario development, and futures methods to the research facilitation and coordination in support efforts in building a transformative vision for the future of the state.
Institute for the Future is the world’s leading futures organization. For over 50 years, businesses, governments, and social impact organizations have depended upon IFTF global forecasts, custom research, and foresight training to navigate complex change and develop world-ready strategies. IFTF methodologies and toolsets yield plausible and consistent views of transformative possibilities across all sectors that together support a more sustainable future. Institute for the Future is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California. www.iftf.org