April 7, 2023 — Issue #90
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Spring into Action


Hello and welcome to the latest issue of IFTF’s News from the Future! We have several spring announcements to make, so we’ll get right to it. 🌱

First, we’re proud to announce the relaunch of Future Now, our podcast dedicated to exploring the transformative possibilities that help society prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. To learn more about Future Now and how to subscribe, keep reading! (And if you’re already a subscriber, don’t worry: it will still appear in your feed.)

Second, we know first-hand that foresight is essential for solving big, intractable civic issues. That's why our IFTF colleagues have pitched our best civic foresight projects for the SOCAP23 stage in San Francisco this October. If you agree, keep scrolling to learn more and help us get out the vote today!

Finally, we encourage you to save the date for a very special event coming up on Thursday, June 1: Episode 2 of our IFTF Ten-Year Forecast 2023: Reimagining Learning. We had close to 1,000 participants in Episode 1, so this is something you definitely don’t want to miss—see below for registration information.

Signals from the Future 

💘  Chinese colleges synchronize spring break, encourage hook-ups

Colleges in China are coordinating their spring vacations. "[We] hope students can learn to love nature, love life, and fall in love," says Liang Guohui, deputy dean of Mianyang Aviation Vocational College. The initiative may or may not have to do with China’s declining marriage and birth rates — and what that means for its future


🩹  Electronic bandage speeds healing by 30%

Northwestern University researchers have developed a small, flexible, stretchable bandage that accelerates healing by delivering electrotherapy directly to the wound site. (Remember the First Aid Armlet?)


🎮  FDA approves a video game for hyperactive kids

Another healing modality: video games. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved EndeavorRx, a game marketed to provide therapy for pre-teens with ADHD. It’s used in conjunction with medication.


🥣  New breakfast cereal helps you sleep

Post, makers of Grape-Nuts, is marketing Sweet Dreams, a cereal that boasts sleep-aid ingredients including lavender and chamomile, plus “curated vitamins and minerals to support natural melatonin production.” (Can sleepers play Pokemon, too?)


🐘  I’ll have the mammoth meatballs, please

Woolly mammoth remains often turn up in the Arctic. Scientists have successfully sequenced the creatures’ genome, and an Australian cultured-meat startup has used its DNA to make mammoth meatballs. Eat up, friends—we hear it’s going to be a long winter.

Find hundreds of categorized Signals from the Future at Future Factors, IFTF Vantage’s proprietary, easy-to-use platform for sharing and synthesizing signals from today that are likely to affect tomorrow’s transformations.

Future Now: Your Futures-Thinking
Audio Companion

We are relaunching Future Now, a podcast to capture intriguing conversations with IFTF researchers, experts, scientists, engineers, trailblazers, and other thought leaders who are redefining the course of our collective future. 

In this new season, host and IFTF Executive Director Marina Gorbis interviews a rotating roster of guests and co-hosts with stories filtered through our Equitable Enterprise Initiative, which aims to replace shareholder capitalism with more humane, inclusive, and equitable business practices. Join us for meaningful discussions about the future that promise to provoke your imagination and foster a  greater sense of hope and agency in your everyday life. 

Tune in on your favorite podcast platform, and be sure to subscribe to receive new episodes. (The first two are now available for streaming.)

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Save-the-Date: June 1 for IFTF Ten-Year Forecast Episode #2

Have you saved the date for Episode #2 of the IFTF Ten-Year Forecast: Reimagining Learning, on Thursday, June 1, 8–11am (PDT)?  In this free, three-hour interactive online session, we’ll explore the future of learning and all of the pitfalls and possibilities awaiting us on the ten-year horizon. The session is designed around urgent topics that include an exploration of AI's ongoing developments and its implications for the future of learning, and how to empower policymakers, leaders, and institutions with foresight for future readiness. In addition to deep-dive discussions with noted experts, we’ll invite participants to develop customized scenarios for higher-education learning ecosystems. 

We hope you’ll join us to gain valuable insights, engage with IFTF researchers, guests, and thought leaders, and be a part of the conversation that will help define the next decade of learning.

Reserve your ticket
PS: Calling all IFTF Vantage partners! Sign up now for the partner-only insight session following TYF Episode #2! In this 90-minute workshop, held June 22, we’ll introduce new tools and processes for working with the latest Ten-Year Forecast foresight on the future of learning to derive actionable insights for your organization.

Another Chance to Catch It

Did you miss the thought-provoking conversations and unique experiments around changing the register at Episode #1 of IFTF Ten-Year Forecast 2023? Would you like to watch author Douglas Rushkoff in conversation with IFTF’s Marina Gorbis, or share one of the other sessions with your colleagues? IFTF Vantage partners now have access to the complete set of event recordings from the event on Vantage Point—enjoy! 

In addition. the recording of last week's TYF Partner-Only Insight Session will be available next week to IFTF Vantage partners. (If you're interested in becoming an IFTF Vantage Partner and receiving all the benefits of a partnership, learn more here.)

Partners: Watch here » 

Vote for Civic Foresight at SOCAP23!

SOCAP convenes the most engaged and diverse impact investing community in the world and the SOCAP conference has for more than 15 years been the flagship event and leading convener in the impact economy. This is the largest, action-oriented gathering where investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders come together to accelerate progress against the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions. Please support IFTF sessions today. Voting closes April 15!

✅  VOTE FOR: Youth Futures: Transforming Extended Foster Care

Presented by Rachel Maguire, with Jennifer Rodriguez of Youth Law Center & Foresight Essentials Alumna  

✅  VOTE FOREnterprise Reimagined: Insights from Equitable Enterprise Leaders

Presented by Executive Director Marina Gorbis and Research Director Rebecca Shamash, with Ra Criscitiello, IFTF Fellow & Deputy Director of Research Organization SEIU UHW

✅  VOTE FOR: Imagining Further in Future Food System

Presented by Research Director Quinault Childs and IFTF Vantage Program Director Rod Falcon, with a special guest

Upcoming IFTF Events & Trainings


IFTF Scenario Building
April 17-May 2
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IFTF Foresight Essentials — WAITLIST ONLY
April 18-20
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IFTF Foresight Talk: From Chanel to the Greater Paris Metropolis: Researching the Future through Art with Raphaële Bidault-Waddington
April 18  |  9:00 a.m. PDT
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IFTF Design Futures
May 2-16
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IFTF Foresight Essentials 
May 3-June 7
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IFTF Fast Futures: Foresight for Beginners in 90 Minutes
May 3  |  10:00a.m. PDT
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May 4  |  9:00 a.m. PDT
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IFTF Vantage: Food Futures Council
May 16  |  9:00 a.m. PDT
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IFTF Foresight Talk: Building Scenarios for Rural Futures with Mary Doyle
May 18  |  9:00a.m. PDT
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IFTF Vantage: Applied Foresight Council
May 24  |  7:00 a.m. PDT
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IFTF Ten-Year Forecast—Reimagining Learning
June 1  |  8:00-11:00a.m. PDT
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IFTF Foresight Essentials—NEWLY ADDED!
June 6-8  |  Palo Alto, CA
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IFTF Signal Swap
June 14  |  9:30 a.m. PDT
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2023 Ten-Year Forecast Episode 2—Insight Session for Partners
June 22  |  8:00 a.m. PDT
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IFTF in the News


"Bob Johansen - Creating Better Futures For Working And Living." Bob Johansen is interviewed by Jason Abell and Steven Scanlon. Rewire (3/20/23).

"Hatch Addresses Essex County Community Foundation’s Institute for Trustees Tomorrow." News release featuring IFTF COO Rachel Hatch. Wavelengths (3/27/23).

"Out of the Comfort Zone: Future Back with Bob Johansen." Bob Johansen is interviewed by Wanda Wallace for Out of the Comfort Zone Podcast. (3/28/23).

"Majority Of Execs Report Lack Of Business Resilience: 5 Ways To Build It." Institute for the Future is quoted by Tracy Brower, PhD. Forbes (4/2/23).

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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 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.

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