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. We give policy officials, business leaders, analysts and activists the tools and techniques to become better commissioners and users of strategic foresight.

At SOIF retreats and courses, you join a global network of foresight professionals who imagine the future together. You receive advice and insights from world experts who have already used foresight to make a difference in the world, you learn the SOIF Four-stage foresight process and you gain the skills to plan a future of prosperity, security and wellbeing for your organisation.

SOIF helps you to think differently – and confidently – about the future.

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

25 Nov

Why strategic foresight matters for Africa

A new report from the Institute for Security Studies explores the rationale and importance of systematic trend ana…

22 Nov

Interview – Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: World Visions, Continental Views In her capacity as Director of SOIF, Cat recently participated in “Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: World Visions…

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…

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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