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Can the epicenter of toxic inequality become a model of shared prosperity? Join IFTF researcher and anthropologist Miriam Lueck Avery and long-time activist Derecka Mehrens to discuss on January 19 at 12:15pm in Oakland. Register for this free event today!
Vision · Funders · Work With Us · Location · AREAS OF WORK. The faculty, staff, researchers, and affiliates of the Haas Institute work together with multidisciplinary approaches to learn, research, and construct solutions for society's most pressing issues. Our programs and initiatives are all designed to ...
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Richard Adler speaks with Managed Care about designing technology for older people, blending new tech with a human interface.
Getting older people to bring a new technology into their homes has been more difficult than expected. Nevertheless, the tech industry continues to work on new options, and there are some intriguing possibilities on the horizon for 2017 and beyond.
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Why do we eat what we eat? This has never been a simple question. And over the next decade, many of the basic assumptions we make about how, when, and why people consume food will be disrupted by forces reshaping our economy, our relationships to our bodies, and the food system itself. In 2017, our Food Futures Lab will conduct a deep dive into the motivations, aspirations, and strategies of eaters around the world as they adapt and seek food that transforms. Join us!
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Marina Gorbis shares her favorite books that examine human nature and networks — essential knowledge for anyone who leads people — with strategy+business.
The executive director of the Institute for the Future calls out books that explore human nature and networks.
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Join Rod Falcon and Miriam Lueck Avery for a conversation about food innovation on December 15 in Reggio Emilia, Italy. They'll be there to teach the second class of students with the Food Innovation Program and share our latest food forecasts. Sign up today!
In order to send-off an intense and prosperous 2016, we’d like to invite all of you to Officucina, the home of the Food Innovation Program in Reggio-Emilia for our event FOOD IS A CONVERSATION: INGREDIENTS FOR INSPIRATION. You will have a chance to rediscover the desire for challenge and innovation so present in our Ecosystem through our presentation of the Global Mission, a true and proper mission for our students that will go in search of “loca...
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Institute for the Future is pleased to announce that Mike Zuckerman is joining our community as an IFTF Fellow. Mike is a self-described culture hacker and pioneer at the intersection of tactical urbanism, the commons, and urgent futures. He is a co-founder of [freespace] most recently worked in the informal migrant settlements in Greece where he rehabilitated an abandoned clothing factory, turning it into a humane shelter for refugees. Welcome, Mike!
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The emerging world needs skills in managing dilemmas, not solving problems. Bob Johansen speaks with Second City Works, the business arm of The Second City comedy theatre and school of improvisation, about the future of leadership.
Kelly talks to futurist Bob Johansen who has worked with companies like Kellogg’s, Intel, Disney and McDonalds. Bob is a distinguished fellow at The Institute for the Future and got his PhD at Northwestern University.
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Jane McGonigal shares three tips to make 2017 super better.
Struggling with your New Year’s resolution? Jane McGonigal, a game designer, learned to apply a competitive mindset to her health and happiness while recovering from a severe concussion. In her book, SuperBetter, she explains how you can do the same:Pick your “allies”: the people who will help you reach your goals—a co-worker to swap soup with or a night owl you can text when unhealthy cravings hit. Actively look for “power-ups”: things that make...
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Ideas and prototypes at IFTF's Positive Platform Design Jam. Creative technologists, social inventors, policy experts, and thought leaders came together for a two-day event at Institute for the Future in Palo Alto to tease out the thorny challenges of the evolving on-demand economy and prototype ...
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What can we expect for health and technology in 2026? Where is all this data, analytics and the cloud taking us? How will AI, automation, blockchain and robotics impact healthcare? Rachel Maguire shares her thoughts in this video from this year's Techonomy Health conference.
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Announcing our latest future of work report, Voices of Workable Futures, based on in-depth ethnographic interviews with workers in the platform economy across the United States. “We can’t make good decisions if we don’t understand who’s in this new workforce and what motivates them. Gaining a deep understanding of this workforce is the first step toward devising the policy, regulatory and technological solutions we need to create a workable future for all,” said Marina Gorbis, executive director of Institute for the Future. “This report is that first step.”
Institute for the Future releases a new report aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of a new breed of worker in order to create a system that ensures a workable future for all; after studying the future of work for 50 years, says it's never seen such a dramatic transformation on the horizon.
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Imagining different food futures is important—but what if we could experience them? Join IFTF's Food Futures Lab for our next Edible Futures event, featuring artists from the Center for Genomic Gastronomy. We'll explore a selection of their recent publications and a series of food experiences, from bite-sized bioregionalism to a combinatorial cocktail. Space is limited -- secure your spot today!
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Bringing world-changing ideas and building futures literacy through research.
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The Institute for the Future (IFTF) brings people together to make the future—today. Whether you’re a strategic leader in a large organization or a community leader in a struggling neighborhood or a citizen who wants to mobilize global crowds, we have practical tools, research, and programs that turn foresight into the critical new insights that ultimately lead to action.

We've pioneered tools and methods for building foresight ever since its founding days. Co-founder Olaf Helmer was the inventor of the Delphi Method, and early projects developed cross-impact analysis and scenario tools. Today, IFTF is methodologically agnostic, with a brimming toolkit of foresight methodologies.

Our 2014 research includes a look at 10 projects that have the potential to dramatically reshape our world, a study of aging in the future, an online multiplayer game to imagine how citizens will make the future of their cities, and a call for stories about extreme learners. Our research covers the future of health and healthcare, work, food, learning, governance, and many others. 

IFTF is based in Silicon Valley, in a community at the crossroads of technological innovation, social experimentation, and global interchange. Founded in 1968 by a group of former RAND Corporation researchers with a grant from the Ford Foundation to take leading-edge research methodologies into the public and business sectors, IFTF is committed to building the future by understanding it deeply.

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