Sarah Smith

Research Manager Institute for the Future

Sarah uses design as a medium to visualize complex systems and provoke people to think about the future in new ways. As a research manager on the Health Horizons and Global Food Outlook teams, she draws from her experience in a range of disciplines – international studies, graphic design, creative writing, and the food service industry – to explore how emerging technologies and social practices will change the way people and communities seek and create well-being. She then works closely with the production team to help conceptualize and create maps, infographics, and artifacts from the future.
Prior to joining IFTF Sarah led a research-based design project with Chicago’s Iraqi refugee population to create a book of Iraqi recipes and stories about hospitality to inspire cultural exchange between newly arriving refugees and American volunteers. She has also designed campaign materials for Amnesty International, where she helped to promote health as a human right.