The Institute for Futures Research

The Institute for Futures Research 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 to 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 IFR is housed at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. It is the first and only Futures Institute of its kind on the African continent.

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Futures Research

The chief purpose of research is to grow our understanding about a topic we want to know more about. Sound Futures research can therefore be of great value in solving problems and making decisions.

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SA Futures

One of the core objectives of the IFR is to assist senior leaders to make better decisions by anticipating risk earlier and by sensing opportunities in good time. Our South African Futures subscription services therefore strives to deliver the most recent thinking on the future(s) of South Africa through various publications and workshops.

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African Futures

One of the core objectives of the IFR is to assist senior leaders to make better decisions by anticipating risk earlier and by sensing opportunities in good time. Our African Futures subscription services therefore strives to deliver the most recent thinking on the future(s) of African countries through various publications and workshops.

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Talks and Training

At the IFR, we can help you acquire a futures thinking mindset through our presentations and workshops on topics such as futures thinking tools, scenario planning, scanning your environment and engendering foresight. This will stand you in good stead when you need to make important strategic decisions.

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Futures Thinking Partner Services

At the IFR we partner with organisations to foster strategic foresight through various services.

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Feedback from clients

I have set aside time today to read your report. I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying the way it has been written and the questions being posed.

Food for thought and exciting!

I really appreciate that it has been produced in a way that any of our staff can read and enjoy vs a pure academic paper. It makes it much more accessible to all.

Futures Research on Basic Education

Excited – learning more and adding to our organisation = we are evolving

Futures Research Think Day

I think I speak for everyone in the room when I say that we really appreciate the work that you have done

I think great appreciation should also be extended to you and professor Roux for the amount of work that you have done.  You guys have walked with each constituency throughout this process, from the inception report, through the various workshops and to the stakeholder engagements that you had with various constituencies.  I know with our constituency we were consulted, we were contacted on various occasions and we appreciate that because we were able to walk through this process with you.

A very big thank you for the work that you have done and particularly being able to put it together in the amount of time that you were given, is also commendable…..

Nedlac Futures Research Report

In terms of individual insights I like the fact that there is some structure – to tackle the unknown in a structured way.  This higher level of thinking made a lot of possibilities come out; we gained valuable insights about synergies

Futures Thinking Training

For us to remain competitive in all of the scenarios, we have to be agile and have the ability to adapt.

Scenario planning