Launch of the European Millennium Project Nodes Initiative (EuMPI)

Philippe Destatte, Director of The Destree Institute (Namur, Wallonia, BE) and Pascale Van Doren, Adviser, Head of the Futures Unit, The Destree Institute (Namur, Wallonia, BE) attended the July 2003 Millennium Planning Committee meeting in San Francisco, CA. They expressed the definit interest of the Destree Institute to become the Brussels and EU and EC liaison node for the Millennium Project. They also launched and offered to coordinate the initiative of a European Millennium Project Node (EuMPI). See below  the text written by the Nodes present in July 2003 Millennium Project Planning Committee. After connecting with the French Node (Saphia Richou) and the Italian Node (Eleonora Masini), the European Nodes organized three meetings to realize their program:

1. EuMPI Kick-off meeting, at the European Parliament in Brussels, November 21, 2003 (organized by Philippe Destatte, Brussels-Area Node Chair)
2. Meeting at the German Office of Science Organizations in Brussels, April 16, 2004 (organized by Cornelia Daheim, German Node Chair)
3. Meeting at Charles University in Prague, September 18, 2004 (organized by Pavel Novacek, Central European Node Chair)

Cooperation between the EuMPI and the ERFC The European Regional Foresight College (ERFC) was founded on the 1st April 2004, as an initiative of the Land Planning and Regional Action Delegation of the French Republic (DATAR). the general objectives of the European Regional Foresight College have been defined as follows: 1. Create a community of competencies, concepts, methods and practices in regional foresight; 2. Build a European network in order to monitor and to discuss the foresight practices and developments in European regions; 3. Contribute to the collective learning of all regional actors: develop foresight competencies, by providing all the partners with information about high-level European foresight experiences. After the accomplishment of the mission for DATAR, the European Regional Foresight College has been funded by Destree Institute, Namur and Futuribles, Paris in 2008 and 2009. In December 2009, the members of the College decided to create an NGO in order to continue working together and to achieve the mentioned goals. The members of the European Regional Foresight College decided to open the College to other Regional Foresight researchers and practitioners. The objectives were to create harmony among the European Futurists, and to reinforce the cooperation with the MILLENNIUM PROJECT and the EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS working in the field of Re-gional Foresight, such as the Committee of the Regions of the EU. The ambitious targets of the European Regional Foresight College were: A new formula of the individual and corporate members, a new management team (Philippe Destatte, Hélène Von Reibnitz, Saphia Richou and Ibon Zugasti), a new logo, new headquarters, a new website, new rules of working and an ambitious book project. Continuing in our strong sense of commitment, most of these goals were clearly achieved by 2012. The cooperation between the European Regional Foresight College (ERFC) and the European Millennium Project Initiative (EuMPI) was ratified during the ERFC meeting in May 2012 in Brussels, were it was agreed to merge our activities under the following reasons: 1. Convergence of aims to have a European foresight initiative, combining the differ-ent existing approaches 2. Synergy and need to put together efforts from the 2 networks. To have a critical mass to cover all the countries and fields of study in foresight 3. Complementary needs of a global vision and its challenges given by The Millennium Project and local/regional action to make move the field 4. To contribute to build a sustainable European future from a democratic point of view Following this spirit, the European Regional Foresight College has participated in different foresight related events organized by European Millennium Project Nodes such as "LJUBLJANA FORUM – Future of Cities" in 2012 and 2013 and "ZAGREB FORUM – Creative & Innovative Futures" in March 2013." In parallel, the College had decided within the work programme drafted for 2008-2010 the identification of three European regions at different levels of development, one in the North, one in the South and one in the East, three regions whose respective foresight exercises had stimulated innovation, competitiveness and regional development successfully. As a result of this and after three mutual learning study visits to three regions, the following publication was launched at the end of 2013: "Regional Foresight 2.0 experiences: GIPUZKOA, WALLONIA, DANUBE REGION" ( More information at:  

European Millennium Project Nodes Initiative

Millennium Project Planning Committee
San Francisco, CA, July 18, 2003

1. Rationale of the proposal

Argumentation to structure networking between European Future Knowledge Centres participating as Nodes of the Millennium Project :
1.1. the specificities of European profile in futures studies and practices to be tackled within worldwide initiatives i.e. the Millennium Project;
1.2. the lack of European dedicated "home" to exchange and capitalize about futures studies and applications;
1.3. the demands coming from European Union institutions – and especially from the European Commission – to associate existing and structured networks of competences to support European visions and policies,

  • to better reflect European coveradge in global issues and develop a European view complementary to national position;

  • to act as a repository for exchange at European level for national and regional policy makers;

  • to diffuse methods and tools for foresight and futures visioning to European policymakers and industry, large, small and medium;

  • to host the Planning Committee of the Millennium Project in 2005.

2. European Millennium Project Nodes Initiative

The existing European Union Millennium Project Nodes, present in the Millennium Project Planning Committee in San Francisco on the 17 & 18July 2003 – Central European Node (Prague), Finland Node (Helsinski, Turku), German Node (Berlin, Essen), Russian Node (Moscow), United Kingdom Node (London) and the new Brussels Area -Europe Node (Brussels, Wallonia), in constitution – decided upon the following actions :

2.1. to stimulate a network of the European Nodes, with a strong partnership, to learn together within the culture and spirit of the Millennium Project, and to prepare proposals and partnerships for the European Commission;

2.2. to participate to the renewal of the European Futures thinking, in parallel with the European Commission convergence process between technological foresight and normative prospective. The need of creating a European Futures Studies Society, gathering wide membership including scientific and professional actors, was underlined;

2.3. to organise a European Planning Committee Meeting in autumn 2003 in Brussels, with all the European Millennium Project Nodes :
– Central European Node (Prague),
– Finland Node (Helsinski, Turku),
– French Node (Paris),
– German Node (Berlin, Essen),
– Italian Node (Roma),
– Russian Node (Moscow),
– United Kingdom Node (London),
– Brussels Area -Europe Node (Brussels, Wallonia),
with the target to make an action plan for the next years, with precise objectives (i.e. organising futures studies courses, realise a Euro State of the Futures Index) ;

2.4. to prepare a European Futures Studies Conference to be organised in the European Parliament in Brussels in 2004 or 2005. The Destree Institute (Wallonia, Belgium) and the Finland Futures Academy (Finland) are responsible for organising this conference,

2.5. to develop a website and an internet discussion list dedicated to that European Millennium Project Initiative.

Done in San Francisco, CA, July 18 2003,

Nadezhda Gaponenko
Institute of Economy Policy and Law, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Department of Forecasting Moscow, Russian Node,

Sari Söderlund
Finland Future Academy, Turku, Finland Node,

Pascale Van Doren
The Destree Institute, Wallonia, Brussels-Area Europe Node,

Peter Mettler
Future Management Group, Wiesbaden, German Node,

Ivan Klinec
Institute for Forecasting, Bratislava, Central European Node,

Bruce Lloyd
South Bank University, London, United Kingdom Node,

Pavel Novácek
Center for Social and Economic Strategies, Charles University Prague, Central European Node,

Philippe Destatte
The Destree Institute, Wallonia, Brussels-Area Europe Node,

ERFC-EUMPI Meeting & Workshop in Warsaw, 21-22 November 2013

Dear ERFC-EUMPI members,

One week after the ERFC-EUMPI meeting and workshop in Warsaw, I am sending you attached the minutes of the meeting, together with the three presentations of the meeting and a couple of pictures. I would like to thank all the participants in the meeting and workshop, Michael for drafting the minutes (reviewed by Helene and me) and the 4CF team for organizing both the meeting and workshop. As for the five project ideas agreed during the meeting and workshop, we will extend the deadline to develop by the promoter a one page outline of each project idea by the 20th of December (see more information in the minutes). Please, check also the actions agreed for the first semester of 2014 and the deadlines we suggest. Any comment, let us know. Regarding the study visits report, you can download it from the ERFC Web site in the following link: We plan to distribute some of the printed copies in the three regions participating in this study. A press release on the meeting and workshop will follow in the next days (4CF is working on it). In order to have everyone informed in the future, please also check the attached ERFC-EUMPI email distribution lists and if you want to add someone on the lists, contact Marie-Anne Delahaut ( Finally, let me remind you all that it was agreed to have the next ERFC-EUMPI 2-days meeting in Brussels in Spring, together with a public event to present the report, if possible. The date will be decided depending on the best dates to organize the open workshop and will be informed to all as soon as possible.

Kind regards,



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