American Council for the UNU - Millennium Project

Planning Committee Meeting
April 15-16, 2005, Louvain-la-Neuve,Wallonia, Belgium
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The Millennium Project Planning Committee meetings are restricted just for the Planning Committee members of the Millennium Project and special invitees.
The April 2005 Meeting was held at the Mercure Hotel, Louvain-la-Neuve, Wallonia, Belgium It followed immediately after The Futures of the Europeans in a Global Knowledge Society -- International Conference



Report from the Nodes

Notes of the Meeting


  1. Aaltonen, Mika, Finland Futures Academy, Helsinki, Finland, Finland Node, Chairman of the Board
  2. Alegria, Rosa, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, Node Co-Chair
  3. Bahrami, Mohsen, Amir Kabir University, Tehran, Iran Node Chair
  4. Barbieri Masini, Eleonora, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy Node Chair
  5. Bishop, Peter, Program for the Study of the Future, University of Houston, Clearlake, TX
  6. Cordeiro, Jose, Sociedad Mundial del Futuro Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, Node Chair
  7. Crake, Paul, The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, London, UK, Node Chair
  8. Destatte, Philippe, Director, The Destree Institute, Namur, Belgium, Brussels-Area Node Chair
  9. Dahaim, Cornelia, Z_punkt GmbH The Foresight Company, Essen/Berlin, Germany, Node Chair
  10. Florescu, Elizabeth, Director of Research, ACUNU Millennium Project, Calgary, Canada
  11. Gaponenko, Nadezhda, Russian Institute for Economy, Policy and Law, Moscow, Russia Node Chair
  12. Glenn, Jerome, Executive Director ACUNU and Director, Millennium Project, Washington, DC
  13. Gordon, Ted, Senior Fellow, ACUNU Millennium Project, Old Lyme, Connecticut
  14. Gottsman, John J., President, The Clarity Group, San Francisco CA, Silicon Valley Node Chair
  15. Heinonen, Sirkka, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Espoo, Finland, Helsinki Node Co-Chair
  16. Harries, David, Vice-President, Alliance for Capitalizing on Change, Kingston, Canada, Node Co-Chair
  17. Kaskinen, Juha, Coordinator (International Affairs), Finland Futures Academy, Turku, Finland, Node Coordinator
  18. Klinec, Ivan, Research Fellow, Institute for Forecasting, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Central-European Node Co-Chair
  19. Kobayashi, Hayato, Research Assistant, ACUNU Millennium Project, Washington, DC
  20. Lloyd, Bruce, Professor, South Bank University, London, United Kingdom, London Node Member
  21. Mettler, Peter, Professor, FH Woesbaden-University of Applied Sciences, German Node Memeber
  22. Novacek, Pavel, Palacky University, Olomouc, and Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Central-European Node Co-Chair
  23. Olavarrieta, Concepcion, Nodo Mexicano. El Proyecto Del Milenio, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico, Node Chair
  24. Park, Younsook, Korea 2050, Seoul, South Korea, Chair South Korea Node
  25. Quezada, Eduardo, Nodo Mexicano. El Proyecto Del Milenio, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico, Executive Director
  26. Richou, Saphia, Prospective-Foresight Network, Paris, France Node Chair
  27. Simai, Mihaly, World Institute of Economics, Budapest, Hungary


The presentations are in PDF format; however, if you would like to get the power point of any of the presentations please email <> or the presenter her/hinself.

Friday, April 15, 2005

9:00 Coffee, friendly conversation, review materials

9:15 Introductions and review agenda

9:45 Recent accomplishments --presented by Jerome Glenn

10:00 Current research

11:00 Break

11:15 Current research (continued)

1:00 Lunch

1:30 Node Reports

3:30 Break

3:45 Node Reports continue

4:45 Review the day and agenda for next day

5:00 Adjourn

7:00 Reception & dinner at Le Chateau de Namur, The Namur Citadel

Saturday April 16, 2005

9:00 Coffee, friendly conversation, review materials

9:15 Node reports continue as necessary

11:00 Nodes sharing experience on fundraising and conducting projects under the umbrella of the Millennium Project

1:00 Lunch

1:30 Discussion of Objectives for 2005-2006 Program

3:00 Break

3:15 Millennium Project in five to ten years

3:45 Additional items

4:30 Review, action items, and conclusions

4:45 Final comments by all

5:00 Adjourn

Report From the Nodes

The Nodes introduced to the audience their organizations and presented some recent work of their own research, and then focused on their role as Nodes of the Millennium Project in their countries/regions. The following Nodes presented reports at the meeting (reports to be posted soon):

Brazil, Rosa Alegria, Node Co-Chair
Brussels-Area, Philippe Destatte,  Node Chair (to be posted soon)
Canada, David Harris, Node Co-Chair (to be posted soon)
Central Europe, Pavel Novacek and Ivan Klinek, Node Co-Chairs (to be posted soon)
Finland, Juha Kaskinen, Coordinator of the Finnish Node
France, Saphia Richou, Node Chair
Germany, Cornelia Daheim, Node Chair
Italy, Eleonora Barbieri Masini, Node Chiar (to be posted soon)
Mexico, Concepcion Olavarrieta, Node Chair
Russia, Nadezhda Gaponenko, Node Chair
Silicon Valley, John Gottsman, Node Chair (to be posted soon)
South Korea, Younsook Park, Node Chair (to be posted soon)
South Africa, Geci Karuri, Co-Chair, couldn't attend the meeting, but sent in the report
Tehran, Mohsen Bahrami, Chair of the Tehran Node (to be posted soon)
United Kingdom, Bruce Lloyd and Paul Crake, Node Co-Chairs (to be posted soon)
Venezuela, Jose Cordeiro, Node Chair (to be posted soon)

Notes of the Meeting

You can download the PDF or the MSword version of the Notes

Notes from the Millennium Project Planning Committee Meeting
April 15-16, 2005, Louvain-la-Neuve,Wallonia, Belgium

Notes from the meeting organized via: general observations, administrative issues, Nodes, Planning Committee, State of the Future, additional research, and Misc., in addition to the recent accomplishments, Future Ethics study, and reports on other research presented during the meeting.


· What a wonderful group of intelligent people of good will!

· MP is increasingly self-organizating, not only via Node initiatives (such as Central Europe with the Global Partnership for Development or Mexico with the dictionary-encyclopedia which both draw on the whole of the MP) but also with Node-to Node collaborations such as the Future of Europeans conference, SPIDER, and the study proposed by the Brazilian Node of the future interactions among the changing roles of women and the 15 Global Challenges in partnership with Nodes in France, Mexico, Finland, Germany, and Seoul.

· Organizing MP-PC meetings in a Node's location helps strengthen that Node, gives MP more visibility in that region, creates an opportunity for the Node to organize related meetings/conferences as was done in Brazil and Brussels, and could cut costs.

· The income remains nearly the same, while the activities and number of Nodes continues to increase.


· Make monthly environmental security reports available to the Planning Committee for comments and additional items.

· We need an occasional short 1-2 page MP newsletter that would include items from Nodes' current newsletters relevant to all, updates from Jerry, and items in response from Hayato's requests from the Nodes about what's new. Hayato would put it together, maybe once-a-month with links for more information.

· Create a plan for leadership succession of the Project

· Nominations for the Millennium Project logo should be sent to the MP PC listserv for all to see and discuss, including appropriateness and timing for its usage (there is no intention to change logos at this time, just the possibility of adding a new identify if that becomes necessary at a later date).

· Seek sponsors like Deloitt who sponsor MP's general operations over a longer period of time.

· Jose and Jack volunteered to work on the fund raising effort at the WFS in Chicago.

· Create a fund raising Node or Committee

· Consider preparing implications of research (like Future Ethics) for specific sponsors.


· Node chairs should write a short description of their Node like a simple profile including members, interests in cooperation, special foci, etc. that would be added to MP site at:

· Create a sponsor's kit for Nodes to use in fund raising (JG). It might have the flyer, SOF and FRM, PPT overview, and few pages of accomplishments (including media coverage), and potential benefits for sponsors. It should be used at the July WFS conference when we have the potential sponsors' meeting - Jack offered to works on this.

· Write memo about criteria to become a Node and remain a Node (JG)

· If other Nodes create websites like the French Node that allows for statistics of how many request per Challenge are made, then we could do interesting international comparisons.

· Each Node should adopt a Global Challenge to update for the 2005 State of the Future


· Node reports should be posted on the website and consulted by the MP-PC prior to the meeting, rather than given orally. This would allow time during the second day for more general discussions for Project planning. There still might be very short - 3 to 5 minute discussions on each Node's report, but no more than that - especially considering that there will be less need for such reports, since the meeting in Chicago is only three months away. Hold smaller parallel working groups on key MP issues (fundraising, PR, cooperation in Latin-America, co-operation in Europe, etc.

· Node reports should only focus on MP work for past six months and future directions, not on non-MP work, unless the chair shows relevance to forthcoming MP work.

· The meetings would be more efficient if each participant read the print SOF and skimmed the CD version before coming to the meeting.

· Invite potential sponsors and key collaborators to the July PC meeting.


· Any input to regional views or other updates and/or improvements to the SOF have to be received by mid-May to get into the 2005 edition.

· The process for nominating a cover of the 2004 State of the Future worked well; let's do it again this year. Send your art work to the MP PC listserv.

· Latin American Nodes should create a plan for the Spanish edition of the 2005 SOF: translation deadlines; marketing channels, how each Node can or should participate in promotion and income, etc.

· Use rotating peer reviews for the SOF prior to publication.

· Make more relations of MP work in SOF to relevant UN agencies and reference relevant UNU work in areas like S&T at INTECH.

· Indigenous people's perspective should be incorporated, especially in challenge on Sustainable Development (actually a special study by an intern did this and was inserted into the 2004 SOF CD; hence, it could be that the person who suggested this may not have gone through the CD version. This brings up the question - do enough people find Chapter 1 on the CD (now with 650 pages) valuable enough that we should keep updating it? When the PC was asked at the last July meeting in Washington, fewer than half said they had ever looked through Chapter 1 on the CD.

· The SOF flyer is the single most effective way to promote sales in the US using Lester Brown's list (not the WorldWatch list, which they would not sell us saying we were competition) - even better than the ad in Foreign Affairs. So, is there something like Lester's list in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa we should use? We used to sell more SOF in Europe than the US, but since direct mailing to Lester's list, we now get more sales in the US.


· 2005 State of the Future
· Futures Research Methodology Version 3.0
· European SPIDER program

To be done, but the degree of effort pending funding:
· Future of Women and the Global Challenges
· Round 3 of the Future Ethics study
· Millennium Project and Futures Research Dictionary/Encyclopedia
· National SOFIs
· Next steps for Partnership for Sustainable Development in Haiti

Pending funding:
· Global Energy Scenarios
· NSF proposal--use of futures research for improving decisionmaking
· Middle East Peace Scenarios seminars and interviews
· Latin American 2020 Delphi and Scenarios
· How the changing role of women can mitigate the other 14 Global Challenges
· Further develop SOFI: software, and indicators
· MP briefing materials and advanced training materials

· Future Ethics study would continue (after the 2005 SOF is published) to try to answer the key ethical issues and then based on the answers, write global scenarios shaped by these answers.

· A team was formed to create the proposal for how the changing role of women can mitigate the 15 Global Challenges. Rosa presented a ppt on the issue, Concepción presented potential financial support from Mexico, Cornelia and Jack offered to edit Rosa's ppt, and Sirkka Heinonen from Finland and Saphia Rachou from France offered to work on the study. Brazil would coordinate the study with Ted's supervision and work with the team (Rosa, Concepción, Cornelia, Saphia, Youngsook, and Sirkka) to design the study.

· With MP international, multi-disciplinary, and transinstitutional approach, it should consider what needs to be done to support life in space.

· Why is it that the water situation is worse today than ten years ago when UNICEF, FAO, WHO, UNDP, UNESCO, and national agencies like USAID, GTZ, CEDA, and others have been working on it?


· MP should help create an international academy of futures research and/or support the Finnish Futures Academy in this direction. Ted met with the Finnish Futures Academy right after the MP PC and confirmed preference to support FFA's work toward the creation of a World Futures Academy.

· Mihaly Simai will suggest to the UNU Rector to take the Millennium Project under the UNU direct umbrella as the UNU needs such a project. This would have to be done in such a way that the Project's flexibility and experimentations are encouraged.

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