2011 State of the Future Presented on February 9th: Global Futurists and Scholars Discuss in Merida, Venezuela

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The 2011 State of the Future will be presented on February 9th, 2012, at Universidad de Los Andes (ULA: http://www.ula.ve) in Merida, Venezuela. This important event is coordinated by Dr. Raúl Huizzi, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (FACES), with the help of professor Gladys Cáceres. The keynote presentation will be given by José Luis Cordeiro (http://www.cordeiro.org), Director of the Venezuela Node of the Millennium Project, who will talk about the future of humanity and present the 2011 State of the Future.

The Universidad de los Andes (ULA: http://www.ula.ve) is a major public university with over 50,000 students in Merida and other parts of Venezuela. Founded in 1810, ULA is considered a top academic and research institution in Venezuela, and FACES (Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences) is one of its major faculties.

The Millennium Project (http://www.millennium-project.org) was created in 1996 as the first global think tank, conducting independent futures research through its 40 nodes around the world, connecting local and global perspectives. The nodes are groups of people and institutions that bring together the brains of the region and the feedback from the overall results. It has the support of United Nations organizations, multinational corporations, universities, foundations and governments of many countries like Azerbaijan, Kuwait, South Korea and the USA.

The Millennium Project is a global think tank that conducts futures research, consisting of more than three thousand scientists, intellectuals, artists, entrepreneurs, academics, politicians, and journalists. They are dedicated to the study of the future and generating ideas for improving the human condition gathered in forty nodes located on every continent.

The 2011 State of the Future finds the world is getting richer, healthier, better educated, living longer, and is more peaceful and better connected; yet half the world is potentially unstable. The food prices are rising, water tables are falling, corruption and organized crime is increasing, environmental viability to sustain life is declining, debt and growing economic insecurity in rising, climate change continues, and the gap between the rich and poor is widening dangerously.

According to José Luis Cordeiro (http://www.cordeiro.org), Venezuelan director of the Millennium Project and Coordinator of the Latin America 2030 Scenarios, the world is in a race between implementing ever-increasing ways to improve the human condition and the seemingly ever-increasing complexity and scale of global problems. Cordeiro explains that the global future can become far more unstable and dangerous if we do not take urgent measures to fight global organized crime, corruption and climate change.

It states that significant improvements are being made in reducing poverty, extending longevity, and limiting conflict. However, the battle against the growth of carbon emissions, rising temperatures, unemployment, corruption and terrorism are being lost. In 2010, 90 percent of global natural disasters, which killed 295,000 people at an approximate cost of 130 billion dollars, were related to climate and climate exchange rates.

The number of unstable states grew from 28 to 37 between 2006 and 2011, even though there are fewer wars, which fell to 10 from 14 the previous year. Half of the world remains vulnerable to social instability and violence. The inequalities are compounded by the rising costs of food, water and energy, which could result in 400 million migrants in 2050. The report also contains a State of the Future Index, based on analysis and evaluation of 700 experts from around the world based on 28 factors, including education, health, wealth, conflict, freedom and the environment. The Index shows a period of 10 years of improvement, but warns that "there is no guarantee of a bright futureā€.

The 2011 State of the Future is a summary of our overall situations, problems, solutions and prospects for the future, from the 15 Global Challenges. These include energy, food, science and technology, ethics, development, water, organized crime, health, decision making, gender relations, demography, war and peace, and others. The recommendations are specifically targeted to senior executives, thought leaders, strategic planners, public policy experts, political advisors, non-profit organizations, teachers / professors and anyone interested in an overview of our prospects for the future. This report analyzes a wide range of policy initiatives geared toward the future, such as: potable water, seawater-based agriculture, environmental safety in the central United States and China, strategic trust, a comprehensive strategy to combat organized crime and collective intelligence.

According to Jerome Glenn, executive director of the Millennium Project and one of the authors of the report, there is room for optimism: "If we can improve our decision making as individuals, groups, nations, and institutions the world will be better than it is today".

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