World Future Society-Washington, D.C. Chapter
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Dinner Meeting 6:00-9:00 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel, Friendship Heights, Washington, D.C.
The 2010 State of the Future
A Presentation By Jerry Glenn
Director, The Millennium Project
Our April speaker, Jerry Glenn, directs the worldwide operations of The Millennium Project from his home on Garrison Street in NW D.C. The Millennium Project publishes an annual State of the Future report. At the meeting, he will speak on the 14th annual edition. It comes in two-parts—an 83-page Executive Summary and an attached CD containing 7,000 pages of research supporting the print edition and The Millennium Project’s cumulative research and methods.
Reviewer Michael Marien says, “ The 14th annual edition, continues to provide a context for global thinking and improved understanding of global issues and strategies, assisted by 35 project Nodes in various countries. The mainstay of the report is concise two-page descriptions of 15 Global Challenges: sustainable development/climate change, clean water, population, democracy, long-term perspectives, ICT convergence, ethical market economies, infectious diseases, decision-making capacity, security challenges, status of women, organized crime, energy, accelerating sci/tech, and ethics in global decisions. [It] also includes special studies on the State of the Future Index, building collective intelligence systems, emerging environmental security issues, Latin America 2030, and a survey on futures research and gaps around the world (completed by 32 Nodes). The SOTF report is the best introduction and overview-by far-to a broad range of major global issues and long-term remedies.”
Other commenters around the world are even more favorable:
Invaluable insights into the future for the United Nations, its Member States, and civil society.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
One of the rare examples of integrated thinking on global challenges that needs to be addressed if we are to enhance the quality of life for present and for future generations.
Liz Mohn, Vice-Chair of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
Dr. Abdullah Al Kara, Chairman, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai
NOTE: We have raised the cost of attendance for those registering after the deadline or not pre-registering in order to encourage advance registration and minimize disruption to the meeting and to the Embassy staff from large numbers of unexpected attendees. Because the Embassy must accommodate other groups as well as us, we need to give them as accurate a count as possible by the registration deadline. Members and friends deciding to attend after the registration deadline are urged to call either Ken Harris at 301-657-3731 or John Honig at 301-469-7783 to be sure seating will be available.
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Friendship Heights, 4300 Military Road, Washington D.C.. (Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red line. Parking in garage and on street.) Advance paid registration by COB Monday April 18 is strongly encouraged. Register at www.natcapwfs.org/events.htm or by sending a check payable to the World Future Society to John Honig at 7701 Glenmore Spring Way, Bethesda, MD., 20817. Cost of advance registration is $34 non-chapter-members; $24 chapter members; $15 students under 26. Cost after COB March 14 is $40 non-chapter-members, $34 chapter members, $17 students under $26. Reservations may not be cancelled after March 14, and no shows will be charged. Last minute registrants may pay at the door. Please contact John Honig at 301-469-7783 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Note: Due to a requirement from our merchant banker to provide the full billing address for credit card charges, payment at the door will be by cash or personal check only. Those registering in advance may still pay by VISA, Mastercard or American Express.