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A Stanford DesignX research initiative

Foresight at Stanford

The Design Foresight research initiative at Stanford University investigates the practice of foresight and its implications for engineering design, technology invention, and vision-led innovation.

Our Focus

How do you start? For us in Silicon Valley and drawing from Stanford Engineering's legacy, foresight does not mean futuring or trend finding. Instead design foresight is about knowing where to go, about having a view of the future: a vision of knowing what to build and why. Our mission is to create leaders and teams who imagine and build with foresight across multiple innovation horizons. We invite you to join our foresight community, support and learn from our research activities, practice the methods and tools taught in our classes, and then apply your ideas and energy into world-changing impact.

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Publication Spotlight

Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Looking for practical foresight methods? Download a free PDF of our playbook (or buy a print version) as your in-house guide.

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Project Spotlight

"What If?" Game Series

Explore possible future scenarios and test alternate perspectives – on themes such as health, entertainment or logistics – with others through our online, expert-facilitated, serious game series.

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We conduct our research as part of the DesignX Lab in the Stanford Center for Design Research and also support the Foresight Innovation Forum in the mediaX program at Stanford.