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The field of Futures Studies or foresight is about understanding how various futures may unfold; it is not about predicting the future.

The Institute for Futures Research (IFR) undertakes futures research, trains corporates and individuals in the use of futures thinking tools, and offers various publications to keep clients updated on what is waiting on the horizon. Overall, our services are aimed at helping clients acquire strategic foresight in order to make better long-range decisions. This will enable them to sense opportunities and mitigate risks in good time.

The ultimate purpose of Futures Studies is not to predict the future. Its ultimate purpose is to create a desired future through better foresight development and better long-term decision making.

                                                                                                                                                                                Prof Phillip Spies – Founder director of the Institute for Futures Research