Millennium Project's 2007 State of the Future-A "Report Card On the Future" Distills Collective Intelligence of 2,500 Leading Experts From Around the World

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An Extraordinary Overview of the Global Situation and Prospects for the Future: The annual gross income of organized crime is more than twice that of all military budgets worldwide; views of women and men on future ethical issues are strikingly similar around the world; in the best case scenario, China's water situation does not start to improve for another 10 to 15 years, which is now the key impediment to its growth and could lead to future mass migrations.

2007 STATE OF THE FUTURE
by Jerome C. Glenn & Theodore J. Gordon

Millennium Project, WFUNA    

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The 2007 State of the Future report offers well-researched evidence of global trends and challenges that are shaping the agenda of the United Nations.

        Hans Blix, President, WFUNA, and Former Director-General, IAEA

Washington, DC: The Millennium Project--a global participatory think tank--releases its 11th annual State of the Future at the end of July. Pre-publication review editions are available.

The 2007 State of the Future reports:

  •     There are more slaves today than during the African slave trade
  •     Organized crime gets more money than military budgets worldwide
  •     The rich/poor gap widens

BUT

  •     The digital divide is narrowing
  •     The world is more peaceful, prosperous, healthier, and better educated
  •     Greenhouse gas growth is slowing
  •     Prevalence of AIDS in Africa is leveling off
  •     Collective intelligence for "just in time knowledge" is emerging

This "Report Card on the Future" distills the collective intelligence of over 2,000 leading scientists, futurists, scholars, and policy advisors who work for governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and international organizations. The 2007 State of the Future comes in two parts: a 99-page print executive summary and an attached CD containing about 6,000 pages of research behind the print edition and the Millennium Project's 11 years of cumulative research and methods.

Some unique features not available in other global assessments:

  •     15 Global Challenges--prospects, strategies, insights
  •     education and learning possibilities to the year 2030
  •     nearly 700 annotated scenario sets
  •     State of the Future Index for the world and nations
  •     and much more futures intelligence on technology, environment, governance, and the human condition

The State of the Future is a unique all encompassing outlook for future global trends and issues. It is both a bloody good read and a thought-provoking one.
Jérôme Bindé, Director of the Office of Foresight, UNESCO

A unique contribution for all those interested in understanding globalization trends, positioning institutions and governments to better transform themselves to protect public goods.
Carlos Lopes, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR

The State of the Future wakes us up to the enormous scale of forced labor, and organized crime getting more money than all military budgets worldwide.
Roger Plant, Head of Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, ILO

The 15 Global Challenges updated annually continue to be the best introduction by far to the key issues of the early 21st century.
Michael Marien, editor, Future Survey

The State of the Future is a valuable overview of global change and its discussion of the future of educational possibilities has provided important ideas for our Ministry of Education.
Lee Young-tak, Chairman & CEO of the Korea Stock Exchange

This, the 11th edition of the State of the Future, continues the brilliant work over the last decade by the Millennium Project and continues the outstandingly high standards of past editions.
Ambassador John McDonald, President, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

Everyone assessing long-term risk for decisionmaking or building policy needs a tool like the State of the Future report of the Millennium Project to inform and enrich global factors in building their scenarios. --- William Cosgrove, President, Bureau d'Audiences Publiques sur l'Environnement (Quebec), and co-author of World Water Vision: Making Water Everybody's Business

"There is so much extraneous information that it is difficult to identify and concentrate on what is truly relevant," says co-author Jerome C. Glenn, director of the Millennium Project. "Our report cuts through this clutter by presenting short, clear summaries in print, while giving the full details in the attached CD." After 11 years of Millennium Project research, it has become increasingly clear that humanity has the resources to address its global challenges; what is less clear is how much wisdom, good will, and intelligence will be focused on these challenges. Millennium Project's 2007 State of the Future presents a clear and logical roadmap of what must be considered in order to intelligently face challenges that lie ahead.

The authors:
Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon co-founded the Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University (AC/UNU) in 1996. Glenn has been the executive director of the AC/UNU since 1988 as liaison between the U.S. and the UNU, the primary academic research system of the United Nations. He has 35 years experience in futures research for various think tanks and was deputy director for PfP International in micro-enterprise development, where he introduced e-mail to thirty developing countries in the early 1980s. Gordon was a space scientist in the Apollo program, has 45 years experience in futures research, founded The Futures Group, co-founded the Institute for the Future, and was an early pioneer with the RAND Corporation's Delphi studies.

About the Millennium Project:
The Millennium Project is a unique think tank with 30 Nodes--groups of institutions and individuals who connect global and local perspectives--around the world, plus about 2,400 volunteer futurists, scholars, business leaders, scientists, and policymakers from more than 50 countries, acting under the auspices of the World Federation of United Nations Associations headquartered at the UN in New York and Geneva. It is dedicated to exploring global futures by interviewing and surveying individuals at corporations, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and governments to understand world change and to identify actions to improve humanity's prospects for the future. In addition to its annual State of the Future reports, the Millennium Project also produces the Futures Research Methodology series, and special studies.
Current sponsors of the Millennium Project are Applied Materials; Deloitte & Touche LLP; Foundation for the Future; The Ministry of Communications; Republic of Azerbaijan; Ministry of Education and Presidential Commission on Education, Republic of Korea; UN Future Forum, Republic of Korea; and the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute; and (in-kind) the Smithsonian Institution, the World Future Society, and the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, visit The Millennium Project's website http://www.StateoftheFuture.org and/or email acunu@igc.org

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