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Title: First Informal Organizing Meeting for the South African Node of the Millennium Project


1
First Informal Organizing Meeting for the South
African Node of the Millennium Project
  • An invitation to connect Global Futures
    Research South African Perspectives

2
The First Informal Organizing Committee Members
  • Phil Mjwara, CSIR
  • JP Landman, Consultant
  • Thulani Mabaso, UNDP
  • Andre Marais, ABSA
  • Rodwyn Grewan, SchoolNet
  • Cecil Barnard, Town  Regional Planner
  • Theresa Rossouwm, MD
  • Gerci Karuri, CSIR
  • Robert (Bob) Day, Consultant
  • Tom Cottrell, Publisher
  • Stewart Barret, Hollard Ins.
  • Michael Ramsey, ABSA
  • Gernia van Niekerk, University of Pretoria

3
Relationship of the UNU, AC/UNU,and the
Millennium Project
  • United Nations University (UNU) is the principal
    academic research organ of the UN, headquartered
    in Tokyo.
  • The American Council for the UNU (AC/UNU) created
    in 1975 as U.S. NGO as the point of contact
    between Americans and the UNU.
  • The Millennium Project operates under the
    auspices of the AC/UNU.

4
... is a new kind of think tank
The Millennium Project
5
It is Global...
  • Geographically
  • Institutionally
  • Disciplinarily
  • Research focus

6
Millennium Project
May become a TransInstitution
7
What is a Node?
  • It is the intersection of two or more networks
  • It is a group of individuals and institutions
    that connect global and local views
  • It is experimental no one knows the right way to
    be a Node
  • It thinks like an attractor in Chaos Theory
  • There are 22 Nodes

8
Millennium Project Nodes... are groups of
individuals and institutions that connect global
and local views in
Helsinki
Berlin
London
Calgary
Moscow
Paris
Prague
Washington, DC
Silicon Valley
Rome
Tehran
Tokyo
Cairo
Mexico City
Maui
Beijing
New Delhi
Kuwait
Madurai
Caracas
Sao Paulo
Johannesburg or Pretoria?
Austrasia
Buenos Aires
  • Nodes identify participants, translate
    questionnaires and reports, and conduct
    interviews, special research, workshops,
    symposiums, and advanced training.

9
What makes a Node a Node?
  • Selection of a chair and co-chairs who provide
    leadership, manage communications, attends as
    possible the MP meetings twice a year.
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding by one or more
    organizations with the AC/UNU Millennium Project

10
MOUs between Nodes andthe AC/UNU Millennium
Project
Universities in    Prague    London   
Rome    Sao Paulo    Cairo    Helsinki   
Tehran    Kodaikanal (India) NGOs in   
Venezuela (WFS chapter)    Mexico (new NGO as
Node)    Kuwait (non-profit research
institute)    Paris (futurist network)
  • Government Institutions    Russian Academy
    of Natural Sciences    Chinese Academy of
    Natural Sciences    Chinese Academy of Social
    Sciences    Slovakian Academy of
    SciencesPrivate Companies in    Tokyo
    (aerospace)    Berlin (futures planning)   
    Buenos Aires (futures planning)    Silicon
    Valley (USA) (venture capital)    New Delhi
    (futures, strategy planning)

11
What do Nodes do?
  • Identify leading minds to participate in the
    Project
  • Distribute Delphi questionnaires (2-5 per year)
  • Conduct Interviews (one set per year)
  • Initiate special research
  • Design and conduct
  • Workshops
  • Symposiums
  • Advanced Training
  • Something none of us have thought of before

12
How are Nodes Funded ?
  • AC/UNU MP gives honorariums to Nodes for
    conducting interviews and meeting questionnaire
    quotas, but its mostly voluntary and
    self-financed.
  • Most Node organizations consider the activates as
    part of their mission, and strengthening their
    work hence, it is internally funded Finland
    Futures Academy, National Academy of Sciences,
    Venture Capital firm, Universities
  • Some consider the work as input to their
    consulting business and hence make income from
    contacting, training
  • Some use MPs personnel and other Nodes as
    competitive advantage to win contracts such at
    the European Nodes with the EU, Kuwait with the
    Kuwait Oil Company others
  • Book sales for local production of the State of
    the Future Beijing, Teheran, and maybe South
    Africa

13
Previous Sponsors
  • Corporations
  • Applied Materials
  • Deloitte Touche LLP
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors
  • Hughes Space and Communications
  • Monsanto Company
  • Motorola Corporation
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International
  • Shell International
  • Foundations
  • Alan F. Kay Hazel Henderson Foundation for
    Social Innovation
  • Amana-Kay
  • Foundation for Social Innovation
  • Foundation for the Future
  • Government Organizations
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Army
    Environmental Policy Institute
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Kuwait Oil Company
  • UN Organizations
  • UNDP
  • UNESCO
  • United Nations University

14
General Benefits for Sponsors
  • Extended corporate intelligence by acquiring an
    additional eye on global change that is
    inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural,
    inter-institutional.
  • Access to leading futurists, scholars,
    institutions, and research.
  • Information as it is being generated input to
    strategic planning.
  • Current work includes updating 15 Global
    Challenges, State of the Future Index, Middle
    East Peace Scenarios, early warning reports
    environmental security issues, global energy
    early warning system, and updating Futures
    Research Methodology version 2.1
  • Ability to shape the Project's annual program as
    a member of the Project's Planning Committee
    (similar to a board of directors) which meets
    twice per year.
  • Ability to test and or introduce your new ideas
    for global feedback
  • Additional channels with international
    organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs,
    universities, and other globally-oriented
    institutions.
  • Participation in a global improvement community
    to draw ideas into your organization.

15
Building on tradition
  • By and for businesses, governments, universities,
    NGOs, international organizations, and
    consultants
  • Globalization requires global perspectives and
    global foresight for improved strategic thinking.

16
Both Content and Methodology
17
  • The Millennium Project
  • 51 Idol Road, Pretoria 0081
  • 012-348-3555
  • and
  • AC/UNU
  • 4421 Garrison Street, NW,
  • Washington, D.C. 20016 USA
  • 1-202-686-5179 phone/fax
  • JGLENN_at_IGC.ORG
  • www.acunu.org
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