School of International Futures

What is SOIF

The School of International Futures (SOIF) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in the UK but operating around the world, where policy officials, business leaders, analysts and activists learn foresight methods and imagine the future together.

SOIF teaches people to become better commissioners and users of strategic foresight. As a result of this, they are able to plan better and take more confident decisions.

At SOIF retreats and courses, participants learn from our faculty, are inspired by guest speakers, and given advice by leaders who have already used foresight to make a difference in the world. They learn the SOIF Four-stage foresight process in facilitated group sessions, applying it to a Live challenge.

With the world becoming ever more unpredictable, it’s important there is a place that teaches strategic foresight and planning.  The School of International Futures is a treasure that anybody interested in managing for the future should not miss.

— Mathew J. Burrows

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council

Recent articles

23 Oct

Harry Harding on why policymakers need to think better about the future
“The use of scenario analysis – a mainstay of both foresight and forecasting – and a skill that is taught well at …

23 Oct

Todd Cleaver shares his views on SOIF2014 “The School of International Futures (SOIF) offered high-quality presenters, varied and robust methodologies, and an o…

04 Aug

Sustaineo 2030: Learning Sustainable Development from the Future Launched at the United Nations Sustainable Development Transition Forum, Sustaneo 2030 provides a utopian vision of a c…

09 Jul

International Conference, Women, Migration and Development: Investing in the Future CARE International and the Overseas Development Institute are organising an International Conference, Women, Migrati…

We can help you:

  • Scan your strategic horizon
  • Analyse and address upcoming issues
  • Assess and strengthen your Strategic foresight capability
  • Create a real-world impact


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