Measuring and making the future

Welcome to the IFR (Institute for Futures Research) at the University of Stellen-bosch. The IFR is a research institution uniquely positioned to assist decision-makers and strategic planners in initiating and managing medium to long-term change. We believe a preferred future can be created if we realistically envision and understand our strengths and the nature of the obstacles to our success. The creation of a desired future also requires creative leadership, the cooperation of all stake-holders and strategic action.
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Examples of some of our newsletters

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Leading Edge A two-page monthly report on developments in technology.
AIDSWATCH This two-page brief alternates every second month with Sustainability Watch, and deals with developments in the field of HIV/AIDS.
Sustainability Watch A two-page bi-monthly brief focussing on aspects of sustainability.
Friday At Noon A one-page weekly brief on current news events

Post-Graduate Diploma in Futures Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma in Futures Studies is designed to expose participants to:

  • The nature of global change, its rapid pace and its ever-increasing complexity
  • An understanding of the forces and trends that shape the future
  • Managing organisational strategies so as to create a desired future

This one-year programme consists of six modules: Applied philosophy; Managing for change; Principles of Futures Studies; Applied systems thinking; Measuring and making the future; and Understanding the world.

From our foresight file

Population size and annual population growth rates of more and less developed regions, 1950 - 2050

Futures thinking ...

  • The future is waiting for our making, not our taking (Philip Spies)
  • The future is a realm of freedom (it is open to many possible futures, or "futuribles" (Hugues de Jouvenel)
  • It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change (Charles Darwin)
  • Nations rise and fall on their vision of the future (Joel Bakes)
  • If you can’t change direction, you will end up where you are headed (Chinese proverb)
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it (Peter F Drucker)
  • The goal in futuring is not to predict the future but to improve it (Edward Cornish)
  • For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it (African proverb)

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