Mapping the future of health + well-being with Vitality Institute

June 18, 2014 Institute for the Future

In the coming decades we have the opportunity to create a culture of health, transforming the art and science of health promotion and chronic disease prevention by strategically engaging with technology. The social and economic environment is ripe to put health at the center of human and economic vitality. And dynamic alliances of scientists, health professionals, entrepreneurs and neighborhoods are poised to lead the charge towards this culture of health.

IFTF partnered with the Vitality Institute (@VitalityInst) to map how technologies, which will change our lives in ways difficult to imagine, may be catalysts to health and well-being between now and 2030. Use this map to inspire coordinated innovation across sectors and with workers and community groups to grow a culture of health through technology.

How can orchestrated hardware reduce excess alcohol consumption? How can augmented reality help us quit smoking? How can artificial intelligence help us eat better?

Technology Catalysts for Human and Economic Vitality 2030 explores those questions and more, telling stories of a culture of health in the future, brought about by technologies, lean iteration, bottom-up networks of humans and machines, connected science, and aligning businesses with social interest. The map includes:

Five future forces that will reshape how new solutions in health promotion and chronic disease prevention can emerge. They frame forecasts with how stakeholders across private and social sectors will align during the coming decades.
Ten forecasts that anticipate how health promotion and chronic disease prevention will become central to human and economic vitality.
Signals supporting each forecast with trends and technology advancements that show the future today.
Eight technology catalysts that have the potential to change how we interact with prevention and promotion in our daily lives and lay the groundwork for these interactive and immersive solutions.
Four key tensions we will need to navigate to ensure that human and economic vitality are accessible to all.
Five recommendations from the Vitality Institute’s Commission on Health Promotion and the Prevention of Chronic Disease in Working-Age Americans in 2013-2014.

Find yourself in the future forces. Get inspired by the technology catalysts, and the risk factors to our health that hold the key to improving human and economic vitality. Imagine how you could help shape a culture of health in the future, and add your voice with the Vitality Commission’s recommendations to make this future a reality.

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