Reviewers Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What will I be doing?  Can you give me details of what is involved?  What range of activity is asked of Reviewers?

The role of Reviewers is to review the content of the challenge(s) of their expertise and/or comment on suggested changes made by others. These suggestions will appear in the upper right corner under “Alerts.” Reviewers are also most welcome and encouraged to make their own suggestions for improvements in their challenge(s) or any information in GFIS from updating facts and figures to offering different interpretations of data, to suggesting new additions to any part of the challenge(s).  They can also add important new information in their challenge’s scanning section, or items to the resources area like websites, books, papers, and videos.

  1. How much time will it take? How much work will I be required to do? Are there times when I will be required to do more work? How frequently must I participate? Could it involve significant amounts of work at busy periods?

Reviewers can take as much or as little time as they want. It is flexible both in terms of volume of work and time it is carried out. For example, if an individual has a particularly busy period, participating in The Millennium Project can take a back seat for a while. There may be times when it will be useful for The Millennium Project for more input from reviewers (such as around the time that the State of the Future report is published) but this is not necessarily a requirement if a reviewer is also very busy at that time. We plan to have about 100 reviewers from around the world for each challenge so that at least three Reviewers will have the time and interest to comment on a suggested improvement to the text listed in “Alerts” within 24 hours. However, Reviewers do not have to wait for suggestions by others; they can make their own suggestions on anything in the system.

  1. How am I credited or acknowledge for novel/unpublished ideas contributed to The Millennium Project?

When you comment on anything, add a scanning item, or add something in the discussion areas, your name appears as contributor and can be clicked on to access your basic information. You can participate in Real-Time Delphi studies and when you add text to your answers, you can put your name and email address if preferred (the default is anonymous). You can add your papers under Resources in the relevant challenge. When you make a suggestion for improvements or update data in the situation chart or main report, a footnote reference to your website or other relevant website can be made. Finally, at some point, we may publish the list of reviewers per challenge.

  1. How long will I be a reviewer?

For as long as it is mutually beneficial.

  1. Who else is reviewing the Challenge(s) and who will be moderating the Challenge(s)?

Reviewers are leading experts from around the world and Millennium Project staff. Reviewer suggestions go to the challenge editors who are Millennium Project staff, led by Jerome Glenn (CEO) who also moderates all GFIS activity.

  1. Can I let members of the public/companies/prospective clients know I am a reviewer?

This is entirely the decision of each reviewer; there is no reason why you should not let others know that you are reviewers for GFIS. And you are encouraged to introduce the system to others.

  1. Are there any restrictions on reviewers working with companies who are customers of the MP? I need to be sure that if I become a reviewer, I would still be free to consult with any company, including those who are or become Millennium Project subscribers or sponsors, without any perception of conflict of interest.

The Millennium Project imposes no restrictions on Reviewers, regardless of whether a particular business subscribes to or sponsors The Millennium Project.

  1. When does it start?

Now/when the reviewer is available and it is convenient.

  1. Is there any indication that the public will have reason/inclination to use GFIS? 

The concept of an integrated collective intelligence system like GFIS is new. It will take some time to catch on. The Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology has contracted The Millennium Project to customize GFIS as a common platform for the county. Montenegro has asked The Millennium Project to submit a proposal to create their system also based on GFIS. IISAS and the Bertelsmann Foundation – two leading think tanks in Europe -- have purchased access to GFIS. But we are just beginning, so we cannot assure you how fast it will catch on. The purpose of the GFIS is to help experts and the public assess prospects for the future (with each of the 15 Challenges, other futures research, and methodologies) to make us all smarter about building a better future. This serves both, the general public, as well as the busy decisionmakers who want to have the most relevant information in less time possible.

  1. What other requirements are reviewers asked to meet (attending meetings, webinars, etc.)?

There are no other specific requirements as such, but you are free to attend tele-meetings that arise, which might interest you. The 'hangout' function in the GFIS allows you to tele-attend meetings and to initiate them yourself with your colleagues around the world.

  1. How to become a Reviewer?

Send your resume to Jerome.Glenn@Millennium-Project.org and indicate which challenge(s) you want to review.

  1. How does the Discussion option work?

Whenever a discussion is created, everyone in the group is emailed automatically. When they reply to that email, their reply is added to the discussion AND forwarded as an email to all members of the group as a response to the original discussion email. It is like a listserv, but with an on-going record in the discussion area for the relevant Global Challenge.

We are always open to suggestions and comments. Please do not hesitate to email kelley.glenn@millennium-project.org for further information.

FAQs Last Updated on 10/10/13