Introducing the Millennium Project
and the Global Arts and Media Node

Welcome to the official page for the GLOBAL ARTS AND MEDIA NODE, chaired by the c3: VisionLAB and dedicated to the goal of aggregating information on future trends in the arts, media and transmedia. The Global Arts and Media Node is one of 40 “Nodes” (groups of individuals and institutions) of THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT, a non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers working for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities.

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In November 2009, the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity IMMERSE IN THE FUTURE symposium in Los Angeles served to inaugurate the creation of the Global Arts and Media Node. Here Jerome C. Glenn of The Millennium Project addresses the Millennium Project’s 15 Global Challenges. Part 1/6 – click here to view parts 2-6.

Jerome Glenn is co-founder and director of The Millennium Project and co-author with Ted Gordon of its annual State of the Future report since 1997. He was the Washington, DC representative for the United Nations University as executive director of the American Council for the UNU 1988-2007. He has over 35 years of Futures Research experience working for governments, international organizations, and private industry in Science & Technology Policy, Environmental Security, Economics, Education, Defense, Space, Futures Research Methodology, International Telecommunications, and Decision Support Systems with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project. He has addressed or keynoted conferences for over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and/or corporations around the world on a variety of future-oriented topics.


The 15 Global Challenges updated annually continue to be the best introduction by far to the key issues of the early 21st century.
Michael Marien, editor, Future Survey

The 15 Global Challenges provide a framework to assess the global and local prospects for humanity. Their description, with a range of views and actions to addressed each, enriched with regional views and progress assessments are updated each year since 1996 and published in the annual State of the Future. The short description of the challenges appears in the print version of the report, while a detailed, more complex one is on the CD that accompanies the report. The detailed version of the Global Challenges available in the CD’s Chapter 1 are totaling over 1,300 pages. For each Challenge, there is a more comprehensive overview, alternative views or additional comments from participants on the overview, regional perspectives and relevant information from recent literature, a set of actions with a range of views from interviews with decision makers to address the challenge, additional actions and views on those actions, and suggested indicators to measure progress or lack thereof.

The Challenges are interdependent: an improvement in one makes it easier to address others; deterioration in one makes it harder to address others. Arguing whether one is more important than another is like arguing that the human nervous system is more important than the respiratory system. These Challenges are transnational in nature and transinstitutional in solution. They cannot be addressed by any government or institution acting alone. They require collaborative action among governments, international organizations, corporations, universities, NGOs, and creative individuals. Although listed in sequence, Challenge 1 on sustainable development and climate change is no more or less important than Challenge 15 on global ethics. There is greater consensus about the global situation as expressed in these Challenges and the actions to address them than is evident in the news media.

We are welcoming input on the description and update of the challenges. Those will help improve the next edition of the State of the Future report. Please email your comments and suggestions to: millennium-project@igc.org.

A short (about 2 minutes) video versions of each of the 15 Global Challeges is available on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2C7D2B78000F1C2D

15 Global Challenges

    1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all while addressing global climate change?

    2. How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict?

    3. How can population growth and resources be brought into balance?

    4. How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes?

    5. How can policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives?

    6. How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone?

    7. How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor?

    8. How can the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced?

    9. How can the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work and institutions change?

    10. How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass destruction?

    11. How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition?

    12. How can transnational organized crime networks be stopped from becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises?

    13. How can growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently?

    14. How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?

    15. How can ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?

How are these 15 Global Challenges up-dated and improved each year?

  1. Feedback from Millennium Project research – education, energy, collective intelligence, etc.
  2. Staff and Interns scanning the Internet.
  3. Experts are asked to review last year’s text.
  4. The 15 Global Challenges are on-line for public input
  5. Regional input is requested from Node Chairs
  6. Feedback is invited via Millennium Project email lists
  7. Conferences, seminars, publications are monitored
  8. Daily news reports from Interns
  9. International travel of lead author (50-60% time – 10 to 15 countries per year), conversions, audience feedback
  10. Then distilled for patterns and data double checked


The Global Climate Change Situation Room

This innovative approach to global collaboration is being developed by a pioneering collective intelligence system that is creating new software, user interfaces, and software linkages that will connect networks of outstanding experts around the world.

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Millennium Project Planning Committee Meeting, Boston

July 7, 2010

Annual Meeting of Global Futures Think-Tank

Kate McCallum, founder of the c3 and Ed Lantz, c3 Board Chairman both participated in the annual meeting of the global futures think-tank, the Millennium Project, in Boston. The Millennium Project brings together futures experts from 35 Nodes around the world to address global challenges. McCallum chairs the Global Arts and Media Node that is being created for the Millennium Project.  Both McCallum and Lantz presented activities undertaken over the past year, highlighting the goals and planning work the Node is working on accomplishing and the accomplishments achieved thus far as follows; the IMMERSE IN THE FUTURE event featuring a keynote by Jerome Glenn, the June STATE OF THE ARTS Symposium and the contribution of the cover art for both the 2007 and 2010 STATE OF THE FUTURE reports provided by graphic artists Darwin Foye (‘07)  Abertico Acosta (‘10).

A reception was held in honor of the Millennium Project by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future at the University of Boston:


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