Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

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Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (publ)
Type Non-profit
Industry Consulting
Founded 1970
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Key people Thorkil Kristensen (Founder), Claus Kjeldsen (Acting Managing CEO) & Finn Ramstad (Acting Director)
Products Presentations, projects, courses, SCENARIO magazine, various publications, reports, theme meetings
Employees 28 (2007)
Website http://www.cifs.dk/

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (Instituttet for Fremtidsforskning) is Denmark's and one of Scandinavia's largest Futures Studies think tank. It was founded in 1970 by Professor Thorkil Kristensen, former OECD Secretary-General, Danish Minister of Finance and member of the Club of Rome. It is a non-profit think tank and its mission was from the outset to help Danish organizations (public and private) understand and plan for the trends that are shaping their long-term future. Today it is an international think tank.[1]

The institute's research covers a wide variety of topics from identification and statistically based analysis of global trends to subjective and emotional responses to the future. The work of the Institute is interdisciplinary, and its staff covers a number of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds, including economics, political science, ethnography, psychology, engineering, public relations and sociology.[2]

The institute's products include seminars, analyses, reports, newsletters, books, and the magazine Scenario.[3] Some of the institute's books include:

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies is Danish Partner of the EUROCONSTRUCT network, which provides analysis and forecasts of construction in 19 West and Central Eastern European countries.

The work at CIFS rests on the assumptions that were outlined by military strategist Herman Kahn in his book: The year 2000- A framework for speculation on the next thirty-three years” and later adopted to strategic business planning by Pierre Wack from Royal Dutch Shell.

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Further reading[edit]

Kruse, Martin:The realism in fictionalised scenarios in future studies: Odense University 2008

Andersen, Poul Nyboe: Thorkil Kristensen, En ener i dansk politik, Odense University Studies and Social Sciences vol 177. 1994

Wack, Pierre: Shooting the rapids Harvard Business Review, nov-dec 1985

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Coordinates: 55°40′58″N 12°35′08″E / 55.6829°N 12.5855°E / 55.6829; 12.5855