24 Heritage Oaks Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
April 13, 2001
Mr. Rod Welch
The Welch Company
440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111 2496
Global Conference UN Millennium Project
Take a look at Jerome Glenn's presentation
(Powerpoint slides) to SRI, which is
attached to a letter Jerome submitted to SRI on March 12, 2001. Jerome's
presentation may offer ideas about SDS use cases for managing collaboration in
quarterly reports and a future Global Internet-based Conference.
Jerome C. Glenn
March 12, 2001
333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Once More with e-feeling!
[Oops, forgot last time to add attachement]
Thank you very much for having the video tape copies of my talk at SRI sent
to my hotel. I enjoyed being with you and your colleagues.
Attached is the PPT file
in case someone there would like to see the talk
with the overheads.
When the second round of the future issues of S&T is ready, I will send you
a copy and hope that you will send it on to those at SRI who are the most
interested in this topic.
I look forward to seeing your story board on bootstrap and how we can
collaborate in the future.
All the best,
Jerome C. Glenn
a global participatory think tank providing accumulative,
inter-institutional, inter-cultural, inter-disciplinary views of
change and strategy American Council for the United Nations
- The Millennium Project...
United Nations University (UNU) is the principal academic research
organ of the UN headquartered in Tokyo with centers around the world.
The American Council for the United Nations University (AC/UNU) was
created by the UNU in 1975 as U.S. NGO to be the point of contact
between Americans and the UNU and represent its interests in
Washington, D.C. www.acunu.org
The Millennium Project operates under the auspices of the AC/UNU
with funding from UNU and other sponsors.
The Millennium Project
New Kind of Think Tank
- Accumulative participatory global futures research
- Over 800 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policymakers
- who work for the UN and international organizations, corporations,
governments, NGOs, and universities in over 50 countries
- It is Interinstitutional, Interdisciplinary, Intercultural
- Funded and used by this broad range of institutions
Deloitte & Touche
Foundation For the Future
Hughes Space and Communications
United Nations University
U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
groups of individuals and institutions - connect global and local
Nodes identify participants, translate questionnaires and
reports, and conduct interviews, special research, workshops,
symposiums, and advanced training
State of the Future at the Millennium
State of the Future: The Video
UN and Environmental Security
26 Ways to increase futures in decisionmaking
Very Long-Range Factors and Scenarioso
UNU Technology Paper for UN SG's Millen. Report
Partnership for Sustainable Development.
Translations - Chinese, Spanish, Farsi, Japanese
Articles: TF&SC, Futures, Foresight, FRQ, AEPI
Future Issues of Science & Technology
UN Millennium Summit Head of States Speeches
Up-Dating Global Challenges
Env-Crimes, Military Actions, and the ICC
Futures Research Methods - V 2.0
State of the Future Index
Node Millennium Symposiums
World Bank-UN World Conference Globalization, MP asked to lead
strategy and content
State of the World Forum also wants to organize a world conference on
globalization an talking with MP
In both are learning systems in need of rapid improvement systems.
Future Science & Technology IssueskThree-Year Studyvement systems.
Year 1: Future S&T Issues
Year 2: Implications for S&T management and policy options
Year 3: Alternative scennarios
Some Principal Findings
The most important challenges are transnational in nature and
trans-institutional in solution. They require collaborative action
among governments, international organizations, corporations,
universities, and NGOs.
Hundreds of futurists, scholars, business planners, scientists, and
decisionmakers were asked what could significantly affect the
future. Their responses have been rated in questionnaires and
discussed in interviews over the past four years. The results can
be organized into 15 global challenges.
Global challenges had regional and local counterparts (sustainable
development could be discussed as a global or neighborhood
There is greater consensus about the scope of global issues and
opportunities than is evident in the media. There is good agreement
about many promising actions, although diverse views exist about
other constructive actions.
Suggested actions could be organized into 12 meta strategies:
3. creating standards and permits
- establishing new alliances, agreements, and treaties
- engaging in social marketing
4. enforcing or modifying laws and regulations
5. performing scientific research and development
6. engaging in meetings, dialogs, or workshops
7. creating and amending economic systems, sanctions, and
8. improving planning, accounting, and forecasting
9. creating and improving new educational programs
10. developing and sharing information
11. modifying institutions, infrastructure, and priorities
12. initiating new institutions, projects, and programs
Decisionmakers are generally not trained to make good decisions; in
the future, formalized training for decisionmakers could result in
an improvement in the quality of global decisions.
Information to reduce the time from early warning to timely action
should unequivocally demonstrate that a crisis is pending and that
details are available about what is possible and how action might
alter the outcome of the situation.
Sustainability is a concept that has spread globally and provides
useful guidance to policymaking. Many global policies are now based
on perceptions about their impacts on sustainability.
Many desirable policies, especially those addressing environmental
and economic relationships, depend on scientific, technical, and
economic standards that do not yet exist.
Since education is one of the fundamental strategies to address
most of the global issues, it is important to identify the most
effective educational materials, curricula, and distribution media
for global education as well as institutional arrangements to
accelerate learning, that address the right challenges.
The Global Challenges
Sustainable development for all
Sufficient clean water for all without conflict
Population growth and resources brought into balance
Genuine democracy emergence from authoritarian regimes
Policy-making more sensitive to global long-term perspectives
Globalization and convergence of information and communications
technologies works for everyone
Ethical market economies reduce rich and poor gap
Threat of new and reemerging diseases, and immune micro organisms
reduced Global Challenges (continued)
Capacity to decide improved while the nature of work
and institutions is changing
Shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflict,
terrorism, and mass destruction
Changing status of woman improves civilization
Organized crime stopped from becoming more powerful and
sophisticated global enterprises
Growing energy demand safely and efficiently met
Scientific and technological breakthroughs to improve the
Ethical considerations more routinely incorporated into global