The Millennium Project Ranked 6th Best Think Tank in the World for New Ideas and Paradigms

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Global participatory futures research, State of the Future Index, Real-Time Delphi, Global Futures Intelligence System, Tele-Nations, and TransInstitutions are some of the innovative ideas and methodologies introduced by The Millennium Project.

Humanity needs a way to systematically think together about the future.

Some 2000 experts polled by the University of Pennsylvania rated think tanks throughout the world in various categories to produce the 2013 “Global Go To Think Tanks Index.” The Millennium Project was rated 6th in the Special Achievement Category IV for “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by a Think Tank.”

Most think tanks focus on a specific issue, country, or ideology. The Millennium Project connects futurists around the world to explore prospects for humanity as-a-whole. This should not be confused with the UN Millennium Project that produced scholarly papers to address the eight UN Millennium Development goals. Although born from a three-year feasibility study from 1992-1995 funded by the UN University, US EPA, UNDP, and UNESCO, it is an independent, international think tank with 50 Nodes (groups of institutions and individuals) around the world that connect global and local perspectives, producing new approaches to build a better future.

What are some of The Millennium Project's new ideas and paradigms?

  •     Global participatory futures research: a new paradigm to improve foresight
  •     Global Futures Intelligence System: a new way to understand global change
  •     State of the Future Index: a new way to measure progress or regress
  •     Tele-Nations: a new way to beat the effects of brain drains around the world
  •     TransInstitutions: a new kind of institutional management structure
  •     Real-Time Delphi: a new way to collect, analyze, and synthesize insights
  •     US-China ten-year climate change goal with NASA-like R&D program: a new strategy to organize resources for a sustainable future.

“Humanity needs a way to systematically think together about the future,” says Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project. “The Millennium Project has made great progress in building common platforms and systems that we hope other think tanks can use, as well as the public. We are very pleased to receive this recognition via the Think Tank Index.”

The Global Go To Think Tank Index has been produced annually since 2006 by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania. The Program maintains a database of over 6,000 think tanks around the world and is considered to be the only authoritative ranking of think tanks. The Index is intended to acknowledge their important contributions to the policy process, monitor think tank trends worldwide, and assist in improving the capacity and performance of think tanks around the world.

The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank connecting 50 Nodes around the world that identify important long-range challenges and strategies in their regions, and initiate and conduct foresight studies, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. Over 3,500 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities have participated in The Millennium Project’s research. Its 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. It produces the annual "State of the Future" reports, the "Futures Research Methodology" series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies. The forthcoming 2013-2014 "State of the Future" will be available by the end of February 2014.

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