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The State of the Future, with Millennium Project CEO Jerome Glenn

In this event, Millennium Project CEO Jerome C Glenn will

• Highlight key findings from the recently published [masked] State of the Future report

• Introduce the ground-breaking online Global Futures Intelligence System

• Re-launch the UK node of The Millennium Project

• Explain ways in which attendees can become more directly involved in the work of The Millennium Project

• Provide updates on what The Millennium Project lists as "The 15 global challenges facing humanity" - describing where progress is being made, but also where ground is being lost.

About the State of the Future:

The publication "[masked] State of the Future" by the Millennium Project has been described as follows:

• "The most influential annual report on what we know about the future of humanity"
- Paul Werbos, National Science Foundation

• "Global intelligence on the future of the world in the palm of your hand"
- KurzweilAI News

• "A must read for any decision maker with a long-term vision"
- Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico

• "The 15 Global Challenges in the State of the Future should be read by all leaders"
- Eduardo Frei, Former President of Chile

• "The SOF report continues, year after year, to be the best introduction - by far - to a broad range of major global issues and long-term remedies."
- Michael Marien, Global Foresight Books

From the Foreword to the State of the Future

The purpose of futures research is to systematically explore, create, and test both possible and desirable futures in order to improve decisions. Just as the person on top of the mast on old sailing ships used to point out the rocks and safe channels to the captain below for the smooth running of the ship through uncharted waters, so too futurists with foresight systems for the world can point out problems and opportunities to leaders around the world.

The 2013–14 State of the Future is the most extraordinarily rich distillation and integration of data, information, and intelligence about the future that The Millennium Project has ever produced. This is the seventeenth edition. It has benefited from the feedback received year after year and from integrating new insights and research.

The State of the Future is for thought leaders, decision-makers, and all those who care about the world and its future. Attendees will learn how their interests fit into the global situation and how the global situation may affect them and their interests.

The world is increasingly engaged in many diverse conversations about the right way to relate to the environment and our fellow humans and about what technologies, economics, and laws are right for our common future. Humanity is slowly but surely becoming aware of itself as an integrated system of cultures, economies, technologies, natural and built environments, and governance systems.

These great conversations will be better informed if we realize that the world is improving better than most pessimists know and that future dangers are worse than most optimists indicate. Better ideas, new tech, and creative management approaches are popping up all over the world, but the lack of imagination and courage to make serious change is drowning the innovations needed to make the world work for all.

Meeting logistics:

This meeting is taking place in Engineering Lecture Theatre 1.02 of UCL. This Lecture Theatre is on the first floor, accessed through the UCL Roberts Building. The entrance to Roberts Building is the first on the left when entering from Torrington Place. Security is stationed at the entrance to the Roberts Building and will be able to direct attendees.

The address of Roberts Building is Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE, London.

As a contribution to cover room hire costs, attendees are asked to pay an entrance fee of £5 in advance of the meeting.

Journalists can attend this launch event free-of-charge by prior arrangement with the organisers.

Self-service wifi will be available in the Lecture Theatre, via the Event Code "FUTURE".

About The Millennium Project:

The Millennium Project connects futurists around the world to improve global foresight. It was founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University (UNU), Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities.

The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgements from over 3,500 people since the beginning of the project selected by its 50 Nodes around the world. The work is distilled in its annual "State of the Future", "Futures Research Methodology" series, special studies, and integrated into this Global Futures Intelligence System.

About Jerome C. Glenn

Jerome C. Glenn is the co-founder (1996) and director of The Millennium Project, and co-author with Ted Gordon of the annual State of the Future of the Millennium Project for the past twelve years. He was the Washington, DC representative for the United Nations University as executive director of the American Council for the UNU 1988-2007.

Jerome has over 35 years of Futures Research experience working for governments, international organizations, and private industry in Science & Technology Policy, Environmental Security, Economics, Education, Defense, Space, Futures Research Methodology, International Telecommunications, and Decision Support Systems with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project. He has addressed or keynoted conferences for over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and/or corporations around the world on a variety of future-oriented topics.

The UK node of The Millennium Project

The meeting will include an introduction by Rohit Talwar, Global Futurist and CEO of Fast Future, who is the newly appointed chair of the UK node of The Millennium Project UK.

For more information, see:

The Millennium Project 
Global Futures Intelligence System
[masked] State of the Future

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  • Nasir H.

    Jerome is a very accomplished talker and there were some insightful nuggets to take away. Had a cursory look at his book - not sure if it's for me. Rather bland nebulous statements stating the obvious and the book has far too many numbers. However they may be useful for business development as many firms are use to seeing figures.....

    June 6, 2014

    • David W.

      Hi Strategy, In saying there are too many numbers in the SOF book, are you implying that:
      (1) The most important numbers are included in the SOF analysis, but are lost in the noise of other figures,
      (2) The SOF analysis actually measures the wrong things altogether, or
      (3) The most important factors about the future cannot be captured in any useful numeric or quantitative format?

      June 6, 2014

    • Nasir H.

      1 and possibly 3

      June 10, 2014

  • Nasir H.

    I would be interested to meet persons who would be interested in developing very long term scenarios I.e. 50-100 years. I use the technique of morphological analysis in my work.

    1 · June 4, 2014

    • linda m.

      I'm not sure what you are looking for. This is what I hope the future could look like, but only if people reject capitalism and the current way currency is. http://incrediblerant...­

      June 7, 2014

    • Nasir H.

      Many thanks, Linda

      June 10, 2014

  • reece

    I enjoyed listening to what not only Jerome had to say but the input from the floor also. I'm much more of a lurker than a contributor! Having missed the end I may be covering ground that was already covered but Jerome mentioning that biofuels is really only treading water was I thought a good point, albeit not all that groundbreaking; but as long as we keep looking at explosion technology for answers rather than implosion then we are unlikely to make major progress. This whole general notion and principle of implosion rather than explosion is an interesting one.

    1 · June 7, 2014

    • yates b.

      I am no expert - but your point makes me think that maybe the explosion technology needs to be put to the test at solving the implosion...

      1 · June 8, 2014

  • yates b.

    Great, much to think about.. I have more questions than I can think but the kind of project is very interesting.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Nick C.


    2 · June 6, 2014

  • Bill A.

    I can;t now go tomorrow night but have bought a ticket - if anyone wants to use it, feel free - just quote my name!

    June 4, 2014

    • Ant H.

      Thanks Bill, I'll take you up on that!
      Looking forward to coming to a lot more once my bank balance makes it back into the black :)

      June 4, 2014

  • Ted H.

    Questions are often limited by their unexamined assumptions.

    It seems to me that most of those questions are actually quite easy to answer, once one gets past the assumptions of market valuation, and the culturally accepted ideas that the future needs to be fundamentally similar to the past.

    We have all the technology we need to supply an abundance of the essentials of life to everyone, but it is our addiction to the market as a valuation tool that inhibits us using that technology in the best interests of everyone.

    The biggest problem we have is ignorance.
    Everyone is born ignorant, and must evolve from there.
    For each of us that journey starts by make simple binary distinctions, and simple assumptions.
    One of the assumptions we make is that it is possible to be certain about something.
    Science shows us that is not the case.
    Uncertainty seems to be part of the fundamental structure of this reality we find ourselves in.

    3 · May 30, 2014

    • Ted H.

      Teaching people to go beyond the simple assumptions of truth/falsity, right/wrong, is an essential first step - yet many of our societal institutions are founded fundamentally in such simple notions.

      It seems that most of our current educational institutions are founded on the principle of preparing people for factory work, and not preparing people with the tools to explore their own infinite creativity in a responsible fashion.

      We are taught that evolution is all about competition, nature red in tooth and claw. We are not taught that all major advances evolution are characterised by new levels of cooperation stabilised by attendant strategies to prevent cheats from taking over.

      1 · May 30, 2014

    • Ted H.

      It seems clear to me that the next level in human evolution will be when we adopt cooperative strategies that ensure we provide every individual with the means and materials to do whatever they responsibly choose. Where responsibility in this sense means acknowledging that we are all dependent on each other, on the ecology, and the physical environment for our survival, and our actions need to acknowledge that reality, and mitigate any adverse effects.

      Our individual freedom is essential, and so is our communal responsibility - we are a fundamentally cooperative species, hard wired for cooperation at many levels. Our educational systems have masked that reality, but not entirely removed it.

      We have the potential for prosperity for all beyond anything anyone has yet experienced, and it will take something beyond any cultural norm to achieve it.

      1 · May 30, 2014

  • terence f.

    Sadly I will be at the BCS Lovelace memorial lecture at Imperial College. Nice if there was a recording though.

    May 7, 2014

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