(PRWEB) September 12, 2013
Over 125 government leaders, futurists, consultants, and experts in various subjects from more than 15 countries came to Cartagena, Colombia September 5-6, 2013 to participate in the first Congress of Futures Analysis of the Caribbean. Participants and 14 speakers shared views about the acceleration of change and formed international collaborations to better anticipate socio-economic-technological change and create strategies to build a better future for the greater Caribbean Region.
Beatriz Bechara de Borge, Executive Director of the Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano in Cartagena, Colombia organized Prospecta Caribe 2013 with the Millennium Project Node Chairs of Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
Yarima Sosa, Chairwoman of The Millennium Project Node in the Dominican Republic and Beatriz Bechara de Borge agreed to work with future-oriented thought leaders of other Caribbean countries to create the Caribbean Node of The Millennium Project. The Millennium Project established in 1997 is a global participatory think tank with 49 Nodes around the world. The Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean was established in 1997 and is supported by seven universities and four chambers of commerce of the Caribbean region of Colombia to explore the future policies for the region.
Some of the projects for the future Caribbean Node of The Millennium Project to implement included the creation of alternative scenarios for the future of Caribbean culture, a regional collective intelligence system to connect the best ideas and resources to address the future challenges for the region, a "Caribbean State of the Future Index," and initial futures studies on food security, organized crime, and environmental and food security. A website will be created along with e-working groups to develop these projects.
Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project said: "To successfully leap-frog slower linear development processes requires implementing futuristic possibilities like the ‘Internet of Things’, 3-D printing for one-person businesses, synthetic biology, sea water agriculture, and making increasing individual and collective intelligence as a national objective of each country."
Prospecta Caribe 2013 was sponsored by BAC, Pacific Rubiales, ISA, Foster Wheeler, Cerro Matoso, and the Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla.
Video and ppt presentations of the talks will be made available by the Observatory at http://www.ocaribe.org.
The Observatory of the Colombian Caribbean is a research center dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge about socio-economic and cultural aspects of the Colombian Caribbean region. Its mission is to generate knowledge of excellence, to promote discussion and to produce proposals to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the Colombian Caribbean, thereby making an effective contribution to the creation of a collective vision of the region’s future.
The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank that produces the annual "State of the Future" reports, the "Futures Research Methodology" series, Global Futures Intelligence System, and related software, and special studies. The Millennium Project has about 50 Nodes around the world that identify participants, translate questionnaires and reports, conduct interviews, initiate and conduct special research, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. The Millennium Project’s mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today.