Announcing the Development Conference Ljubljana Forum 2011 at the Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia on October 13 and 14, 2011

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The purpose of the conference is to encourage and activate development circles of urban regions in SEE, to present financial instruments in the framework of Danube strategy and to connect concrete investment projects in the region. The conference will be marked by the Cities of the future: European metropolitan growth area 2027. The purpose of the conference is to present, enable and encourage good development practices of urban regions in South East Europe. At the same time we would like to encourage concrete cooperation among influential actors in the field of development projects and metropolitan growth areas.

The organizer of the regional conference Ljubljana Forum 2011 is Regional foundation – Centre for eGovernance Development . Blaž Golob, director and one of the most visible regional experts for strategies of the future (foresight) took this opportunity to say: "The purpose of the conference is to identify the key actors of the development of urban regions in South East Europe. We want to connect knowledge and experiences of metropolis governance and define the key role of the cities in development of broader region."

The method of the future strategy or foresight method is a systematic, participatory process of building visions for understanding the challenges of the future. The objective of the method is to form solutions in the present, accept decisions and mobilize common activities for the future, since the research public policies and innovations are based on (implicit or explicit) vision of the science, technology and society. This is how the method of the future strategy offers some kind of insight into the future and significantly helps in planning different policies and establishing development guidelines.

Jerome Glenn is the Director of The Millennium Project, and will be speaking as well.

The Millennium Project was established in 1996 as the first globalized think tank. It conducts independent futures research via its 40 Nodes around the world that connect global and local perspectives. Nodes are groups of individuals and institutions that pick the brains of their region and feedback the global results. It is supported by UN organizations, multinational corporations, universities, foundations and the governments of Azerbaijan, Kuwait, South Korea, and the United States. It develops its 2011 State of the Future report, and provides discussion on the 15 Global Challenges.

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