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

21 Apr

Participate in the virtual exercise – Asia Pacific@Hawaii Futures We are inviting those unable to join us in Hawaii to participate in a virtual exercise by considering the impact of f…

19 Apr

Asia Pacific@Hawaii Futures scenarios now available

Unable to join us for our Asia Pacific@Hawaii Futures retreat? HRCFS and SOIF are sharing the four scenarios …

26 Mar

Spotlight on Sohail Inayatullah In the lead up to the Asia Pacific@Hawaii Futures, we wanted to ask speaker Dr. Sohail Inayatullah to reflect on his wor…

14 Mar

Will the UK Government’s new Horizon Scanning programme work? Over the past year and a half the UK has invested a lot of political capital and bureaucratic resources in horizon scann…

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  • 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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