Aspirational Futures Framework

The Aspirational Futures Framework was developed by the Institute for Alternative Futures over three decades ago. It has been used successfully to help companies and organizations to plan wisely for their futures. Foresight Education brings this model framework for thinking about the futures to students around the globe!

The model describes three “zones” of the future bounded by plausibility (the objective lens) and differentiated by preferability (the subjective lens):

  • A “zone of conventional expectation,” reflecting the extrapolation of known trends, the expectable future;
  • A “zone of growing desperation” which presents a set of plausible challenges that may emerge, a challenging future; and
  • A “zone of high aspiration” in which stakeholders pursue visionary strategies and achieve surprising success.




Please help us to create a legacy of futures-thinkers!


Created by Lisa Hasler Waters Feb 5, 2014 at 2:15pm. Last updated by Lisa Hasler Waters Feb 13, 2014.

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