In 2001 IFF brought together a multi-disciplinary international network of deeply informed experts to work together on developing touchstones of new theory and new practice to enable effective action in the difficult operating conditions of the early 21st century.
Over time IFF has developed a coherent philosophy, a body of ideas, frameworks and approaches suited to complex challenges, wicked issues and other circumstances that fail to yield to conventional thinking.
That philosophy and approach is now embodied in a distinctive set of processes, practices and capacities (which are what make the IFF method distinctive and successful).
IFF’s learning and expertise can be accessed in three principal ways:
- engaging IFF: IFF works with clients and partners to create tangible progress with otherwise intractable challenges;
- training and education: IFF hosts occasions to learn more about our processes and practices and to develop 21st century capacities;
- products: books, publications and specially developed products embodying aspects of IFF’s learning such as the IFF prompt cards or Kitbag .
As the diagram shows, the flow is not one way. People who use our products might subsequently seek guidance or training to get the best out of them, or engage IFF to tackle a specific circumstance. And experience in practice is a vital part of our own learning cycle – we are always developing our approach and the products that embody it.
Our practical experience to date has been rich and varied. It has tended to cluster around the IFF programme areas of health, enterprise, learning, culture, governance and other big picture issues like energy, resilience, inequality etc.