Launch of the Global Futures Information System (GFIS)

January 2013

The Millennium Project launches its GFIS on the 16th of January. The system will enable you to keep track of global dynamics, obtain insight and inform decision making and future possibilities.

Subscribers will have access to current information, data and intelligence from futurists, scientists, thought leaders and experts around the world through an evolving system that is developed to grow synergies. The system provides detail for each of the 15 Global Challenges of the Millennium Project through a situation chart (current and desired status, relevant policies to address the gap), overview and detail section, digest (news articles and other information on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis), updates, scanning results, news feeds, Real-Time Delphi (RTD) surveys, discussion (groups, blogs), models (interactive computer models applied in futures work), and other resources for each Global Challenge.

View the webcast on 16th January, 12h30 to 13h30 East Coast Time USA. View the press release here or take a look at a flyer of the system here. Visit the Millennium Project website and subscribe to have access to the GFIS and its more than 10 000 searchable pages on topics such as the environment, the future economy, global scenarios and annotated bibliography of over 850 scenario sets.

Western Cape launch invitation of the State of the Future Report 2012

An invitation to a cocktail gathering from the South African node of the Millennium Project (SA Node)

Thursday 29 November, 17:30 for 18:00
The MostertsdrifManor House at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (Stias)
19 Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch, 7600

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Launch invitation

Launch of the State of the Future Report 2012

What do we need to know to build a better future? Are we going to be around 50 years from now? What can we do to live as part of a planet and in harmony in the future instead of destroying it and what do we need to know to achieve that? The SA Node of the Millennium Project releases the 2012 State of the Future report – the annual “Report Card on the World.”

Pretoria, October 22, 2012 Whether we ask questions about our own future or that of humanity or are concerned with decisions that will affect the country or large groups of people, we live in a time of great uncertainty and the answers to such questions are not easily found.

“The world is improving better than most pessimists know, but future dangers are worse than most optimists indicate.” - The 2012 State of the Future Report

Scanning Workshop JHB 2012

August 2012

The South African Node of the Millennium Project recently hosted a horizon scanning workshop for a group of researchers and policy makers. Horizon or Environmental Scanning is the art of systematically exploring the external environment to better understand the nature and pace of change in that environment, and to identify potential opportunities, challenges, and likely future developments relevant to an organisation. Horizon Scanning explores both new, strange, and weird ideas, as well as persistent challenges and trends today. Scanning the environment is the feedstock for strategic thinking, innovation, risk and issues management.

The workshop, held over two days, was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation which has an interest in building scanning capacity in the region as part of its Searchlight Function. SAMP Node director Tanja Hichert took the group of 13 people on the scan experience of their lives when she explained how to systematically approach the unfolding future and identify the driving forces (trends) shaping the future. Hichert also spent time on conveying the theory of horizon scanning, whilst sharing some of the methods and other practicalities with the attendants.

The two-day workshop was held on the 16 and 17 August 2012 at the Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton.

View the picture gallery of the event.

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