IFTF Fast Futures: How to Create Artifacts from the Future in 90 minutes

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IFTF Fast Futures: How to Create Artifacts from the Future in 90 minutes

This introductory-level online class will teach you how to create an Artifact from the Future in only 90 minutes.

By Institute for the Future

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Wednesday, April 5 · 9 - 10:30am PDT



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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Imagine that you could take an archaeologist’s expedition to the future to collect objects and fragments of text or photos to understand what daily life will be like in 10, 20, or 50 years. What might you find?

One effective technique we use at Institute for the Future is Artifacts from the Future. An Artifact from the Future is a creative representation of how everyday life might be different in the future. It is a real-world object that brings the everyday details of a possible future to life.

Artifacts give us this tangible experience of the future. They make the details of a scenario concrete, helping us to understand, almost first-hand, what it will be like to live in a particular future.


Artifacts from the Future provide a rich starting point for strategic discussions, whether for a new products team in a technical organization or a community group looking for ways to engage young people in building a stake in their own neighborhood. Creating Artifacts from the Future is also a great way to get people thinking about the future—their assumptions, their goals, and the path from here to there.

Learn how to create an Artifact from the Future — to help spark "aha" moments and conversations that lead to action today.


Course: IFTF Fast Futures: How to Create Artifacts from the Future in 90 Minutes

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Time: 9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT / 18:00 CEST

Location: Online / Live / Zoom

Registration: $99


  • You want to express ideas about the future in a creative way.
  • Learn a systematic process for stretching your imagination.
  • You want to take away practical skills you can share with others, to help them think about the future more creatively and usefully.


  • Learn how to move from abstract visions of the future to tangible artifacts from the future.
  • Understand how future artifacts and experiences are nested in grounded research about the future.
  • Be able to use the feelings and reactions about your artifact to spark productive conversations.
  • Be invited to join IFTF’s global community of foresight practitioners, which includes offerings such as free IFTF Foresight Talks monthly webinars and the IFTF Foresight Essentials newsletter


After the course, you'll receive these downloadable PDFs so that you can keep practicing your new skills:

  • Worksheet: How to Create an Artifact from the Future (PDF)
  • Artifacts created by you and other participants (PDF)


Enroll today!


For information about the IFTF Foresight Essentials training program, visit iftf.org/foresightessentials or email foresightessentials@iftf.org.

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About the organizer

Institute for the Future is the world’s leading futures thinking organization. For over 50 years, businesses, governments, and social impact organizations have depended upon IFTF global forecasts, custom research, and foresight training to navigate complex change and develop world-ready strategies. IFTF methodologies and toolsets yield coherent views of transformative possibilities across all sectors that together support a more sustainable future. Institute for the Future is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, California.