The United Nations takes on the Future: The Millennium Project shows a global study of 189 futurists and related experts from 54 countries

Five foresight elements were assessed by The Millennium Project in a new report just released.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued Our Common Agenda, a bold report on UN reforms that includes five foresight elements; these elements were assessed by The Millennium Project in a new report just released.

The Millennium Project, a global participatory think tank with 70 “Nodes” around the world has just released its report: Five UN Foresight Elements of Our Common Agenda: Results of a Real-Time Delphi Study.  The five elements are:

  • UN Futures Lab
  • UN Summit on the Future
  • UN Envoy for Future Generations
  • Periodic UN Strategic Foresight and Global Threats reports
  • Re-purposed UN Trusteeship Council as a Multi-Stakeholder Foresight Body

The Real-Time Delphi (RTD) questionnaire asked how critical each of the five element was to improving the effectiveness of global foresight; what and who would make this element successful and what features would make it most effective; and additional strategies to implement the element. “…Humanity faces a stark and urgent choice: a breakdown or a breakthrough,” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.”  Our Common Future details how the UN can play its part in creating the breakthroughs and preventing the breakdowns. 

The RTD panel of 189 futurists and related international experts we selected by The Millennium Project’s 70 Nodes (groups of individuals and institutions) around the world, along with the World Futures Studies Federation, and the Association of Professional Futurists.  The panel overwhelmingly endorsed and will support the five foresight elements of Our Common Agenda, as an integrated and interdependent system: the success everyone affects the success of all the others. 

“If the five foresight elements in Our Common Future are implemented along the lines of our study, it could be the greatest advance for futures research and foresight in history,” says Jerome C. Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project.

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