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.

Join our flagship foresight retreat this August #SOIF2016

Learn more

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

 What we do

Our foresight retreats, bespoke training, coaching and advisory services can help you to create a bright future for your organisation. We host conferences, seminars, and training events internationally focusing on foresight approaches and practical tools. SOIF Consulting puts the School’s expertise and resources to work more widely, across the public and private sectors.

Why Strategic foresight

Strategic foresight helps organisations apprehend and address uncertainties associated with demographic, environmental, economic and resource challenges, and increasing multipolarity. Foresight helps build resilience, manage complex risks, and to build prosperity, security and well-being.

Our approach

Our work follows a learning journey designed around a four-stage foresight process and takes a policy-focused approach to strategic foresight:

  • Scoping the challenge
  • Ordering uncertainty using foresight tools
  • Identifying Implications for strategy/policy
  • Integrating the Futures approach

Recent articles

01 Feb

Ring of fire or ring of friends? The future of Europe and its neighbours through a foresight lens Reflections on a foresight retreat held 10-14 August 2015 with among others representatives of the US, UK and Austrian …

30 Jan

‘Mapping the Path to 2030: Policy Instruments for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ Public Discussion at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Cat has been invited as a panelist to ‘Mapping the Path to 2030: Policy Instruments for Achieving the Sustainable Deve…

12 Nov

The Future of Humanity In September this year the Sustainable Development Goals were approved with the ambition to end poverty, protect the pl…

27 Oct

Edible Insects and the Future of Food
IDS Evidence Report No 149: Edible Insects and the Fut…

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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