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2009 State of the Future (The Millennium Project)

Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon, Elizabeth Florescu

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ISBN 10: 0981894127 / ISBN 13: 9780981894126
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Title: 2009 State of the Future (The Millennium ...

Publisher: The Millennium Project

Publication Date: 2009

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The 2009 State of the Future comes in two parts: a 100-page print executive summary and an attached CD containing about 6,700 pages of research behind the print edition and the Millennium Project's 13 years of cumulative research and methods. Some unique features not available in other global assessments include: International assessment of 35 economic elements of the next economic system that could help improve the human condition over the next 20 years; 15 Global Challenges Prospects, Strategies, Insights; State of the Future Index with and without the world recession; Emerging international environmental security issues; applications of the Real-Time Delphi technique; 750 annotated scenario sets; and much more futures intelligence on technology, environment, governance, and the human condition. This ''report card on the future'' distills the collective intelligence of over 2,700 leading scientists, futurists, scholars, and policy advisers who work for governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and international organizations. It is produced by the Millennium Project with its 32 Nodes (groups of futurists and organizations) around the world, which collects, feeds back, and assesses insights from creative and knowledgeable people on emerging crises, opportunities, strategic priorities, and the feasibility of actions.
Although the future has been getting better for most of the world over the past 20 years, the global recession has lowered the State of the Future Index for the next 10 years. The global financial crisis and climate change planning may be helping humanity to re-think its assumptions and move from its often self-centered adolescence to a more globally responsible adulthood, states the report. This year s annual State of the Future is an extraordinarily rich distillation of information for those who care about the world and its future. It describes in non-technical language what the educated person should know about the world and what to do to improve it'' says co-author and Millennium Project Director Jerome C. Glenn.
If you think too much has changed too radically lately, read the State of the Future and think again! says Olcay Unver, Coordinator, United Nations World Water Assessment Programme.

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JEROME CLAYTON GLENN co-founded and directs The Millennium Project, the leading global participatory think tank supported by international organizations, governments, corporations, and NGOs, which produces the internationally recognized ''State of the Future'' annual reports since 1997. Mr. Glenn has over 40 years experience in futures research for government, international organizations, and private industry in science & technology policy, economics, education, defense, space, forecasting methodology, international telecommunications, and decision support systems with The Millennium Project, Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, his own firm (the Future Options Room), and as an independent consultant. He is the author of over 300 future-oriented articles and papers published in magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, Nikkei, ADWEEK, International Tribune, LEADERS, Foresight, Technological Forecasting, Futures Research Quarterly, The Futurist, and co-editor of the Futures Research Methodology (1999, 2003, 2009), author of Future Mind: Merging the Mystical and the Technological in the 21st Century (1989 and 1993), Linking the Future: Findhorn, Auroville, Arcosanti (1979), and co-author of Space Trek: The Endless Migration (1978 & 1979). He keynoted conferences for over 150 corporations, associations, governments, universities, and international organizations; invented the ''Futures Wheel'' forecasting technique and Futuristic Curriculum Development; was instrumental in SALT II section that banned the first space weapon (Soviet FOBS); named by Saturday Review as among the most unusually gifted leaders of America for his pioneering work in Tropical Medicine, Future Oriented Education, and Participatory Decision Making Systems in 1974; was instrumental in naming first space shuttle the ''Enterprise'' and is a leading boomerang stunt man.
THEODORE JAY GORDON is a futurist and management consultant, co-founder of The Millennium Project and co-author of the annual ''State of the Future''. He is an expert in several high technology fields, a graduate engineer, a specialist in planning and policy analysis, and an entrepreneur. His current professional activities include consulting on strategy for several major corporations, lecturing, and participating on the corporate boards of Apollo Genetics, the Institute for Global Ethics, Registry Databases, and The Futures Group, the consulting firm he formed in 1971 and led for 20 years. Publications: author of many client reports, technical articles that have appeared in the open literature, and five books dealing with topics associated with the future, space, and scientific and technological developments and issues. He is co-editor of the Futures Research Methodology; author of the Macmillan encyclopedia article on the future of science and technology (1995). He is currently on the editorial board of several journals including Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
ELIZABETH FLORESCU is Director of Research of The Millennium Project. She is contributing to the State of the Future annual reports since 1997, is a co-author of ''Environmental Crimes, Military Actions, and the International Criminal Court'' and ''Analysis of the UN Millennium Summit Speeches'', and is one of the principal members of the team working on the environmental security study.

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