The Millennium Project Establishes Serbia as its Third Node in South-East Europe, after Slovenia and Montenegro

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The Millennium Project Nodes are groups of institutions, individuals, and networks that involve intellectual leaders in their areas in global futures research. They connect local and global perspectives on the future to improve thinking about tomorrow to make better decisions today.

Prior to the elections in Serbia, during first week of May, South-East Europe and the Slovenia Millennium Project Node Chair, Blaž Golob, visited Belgrade to meet with the President of Serbian Association for Information Society, Professor Miodrag Ivković. During the visit on April 26th, a MOU between MP Director, Jerome C. Glenn, and Serbian Association for Information Society, President Professor Miodrag Ivković, was signed.

The meeting in Belgrade followed the expression of interest of Serbia in becoming a Millennium Project Node during the Renaissance for eGovernance event in March 2012, held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During this unique conference on future forms of governance, Jerome Glenn, Executive Director of The Millennium Project, explained how collective intelligence systems could improve transparency, accountability, citizens’ participation, and knowledge-based governance. This presentation triggered the interest of several South-East European countries to become actively involved in The Millennium Project. Serbia is the third country in the region, after Slovenia and Montenegro, to become an active member of The Millennium Project.

The Node in Montenegro, chaired by Mr. Milan Marić, was the first in the region to translate and publish the 2011 State of the Future. The Slovenian Node with its annual foresight “Bled forum on the future of Europe” was established in 2006. The annual Bled Forum and the Center for eGovernance Development for South-East Europe (Public Private Partnership institution) are the key mechanisms that bring together all South-East Europe countries to share methods and concepts to improve governance, foresight, and information society.

The 2011 State of the Future is a summary of world's overall situations, problems, solutions, and prospects for the future, viewed through the 15 Global Challenges. These include energy, food, science and technology, ethics, development, water, organized crime, health, decision making, gender relations, demography, peace and conflict, and others. The recommendations are specifically targeted to senior executives, thought leaders, strategic planners, public policy experts, political advisers, 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, strategic trust, a comprehensive strategy to combat organized crime, and building 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 decisionmaking as individuals, groups, nations, and institutions, the world will be better than it is today".

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