Join us for Shenzhen Makers Town Hall & Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab


As part of Shenzhen Makers@World, an international innovators exchange program, join IFTF for a dive into what’s happening in Shenzhen, with eleven legends and upcoming rockstar Shenzhen Makers, on March 2nd at the TechCode incubator in Mountain View. If you’re a maker, a manufacturer, or an entrepreneur who wants to make ties to Shenzhen, you can’t miss this opportunity to meet this group of Chinese pioneers.
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Join us for Shenzhen Makers Town Hall & Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab

IFTF's Food Futures Lab Seeks Director


IFTF is seeking a Director for our Food Futures Lab to help lead research and foresight for food and food systems, develop a multi-year vision for the Lab’s growth and impact, and drive new relationships with stakeholders across the global food system. This is an extraordinary opportunity to join a highly collaborative and innovative practice in a leading futures research organization.
Source: The Institute for the Future

IFTF’s Food Futures Lab Seeks Director

Join Us Feb 10: Emerging Environmental Challenges in China’s Future


Can we imagine new actions to turn the tide for China’s environmental future? Join the Center for Emerging Worlds, Institute for the Future, and Asia Society Northern California for an evening with Lo Sze Ping, CEO of WWF China, February 10 at IFTF’s Future Gallery in Palo Alto.
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Join Us Feb 10: Emerging Environmental Challenges in China’s Future

Make a #Future4Good


Happy holidays! I’m Jane McGonigal. You may know me as the author of games and books like Reality Is Broken and SuperBetter. You may not know that I’m also a research director at Institute for the Future. And I’m on a quest this holiday season to raise funding for the Institute’s most inspiring program.
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Make a #Future4Good

Designing a New Operating System for Work


[Reposted from Medium] The battles between Uber and taxi companies and the 1099 vs. W-2 debateare just the first signs of the upheaval emerging with the rise of the on-demand economy. We are at the beginning of an historic transformation in the nature of work and structure of American jobs. A host of technologies—from automation to digital platforms for coordination of tasks, from Lyft to Gigwalk to HourlyNerd are reinventing not just what people do to earn a living but at a much deeper level how we organize to create value. For the new class of on-demand or platform workers, there are no career ladders to climb and often no human bosses holding you accountable. Your “manager” might even be an algorithm that breaks down jobs into individual tasks and automatically routes them to the best qualified and available “gig worker.”
Source: The Institute for the Future

Designing a New Operating System for Work

New Release! 10 Strategies for a Workable Future


An urgent public dialogue is unfolding about the state of the US workforce and its prospects for the next decade as a result of changing labor dynamics, growth of on-demand workers, and erosion of middle class wages and access to benefits. To support those conversations chart an agenda for 2016 and beyond, IFTF’s Workable Futures Initiative created a new report, 10 Strategies for a Workable Future, that outlines immediate action for policy makers, platform developers, labor, and educational organizations.
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New Release! 10 Strategies for a Workable Future

My take on the future


I’m Milton Chen, and I’ve had a long career opening the doors of learning to children through programs and platforms like Sesame Street from Sesame Workshop in New York, KQED’s educational services here in the Bay Area, and Edutopia.org, produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Now I’m asking you to help me open another door—the door to a Future for Good.
Source: The Institute for the Future

My take on the future