The Millennium Project
The Millennium Project

Founding Year: 1996

Staff: 10


Jerome C. Glenn (CEO, Co-Founder)

It aims “to assist in organizing futures research, improve thinking about the future, and make that thinking available through a variety of media”. This unique organization is energized with 60 global “Nodes” contributing to its bi-annual “State of the Future” report integrating information on 15 Global Challenges.

The 15 Global Challenges:

  1. Sustainable development while addressing global climate change;
  2. Sufficient clean water for all without conflict;
  3. Balancing population growth and resource use;
  4. Enabling genuine democracy to emerge from authoritarian regimes;
  5. Enhancing decision-making with more collaborative global foresight in a period of accelerating change;
  6. Global convergence of information and communications technologies to work for all;
  7. Reducing the gap between rich and poor in ethical market economies;
  8. Reducing the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms;
  9. Education that better equips humanity to address its global challenges;
  10. Ways for shared values and new security strategies to reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and use of weapons of mass destruction;
  11. Improving the human condition through progress on the status of women;
  12. Stopping transnational organized crime and its networks;
  13. Meeting growing energy demands safely and efficiently;
  14. Accelerating scientific and technological breakthroughs to improve the human condition;
  15. Routine incorporation of ethical considerations into global decisions.


  • Special library on Global Scenarios, Lone Wolf Terrorism, Elements of the Next Global Economic System, Possibilities for Education and Learning in 2030, Future Global Ethical Issues, and Environmental Security.
  • State of the Future series (2017, v.19.1, 140p., ~30$) – Gives an overview of humanity’s present situation, challenges and opportunities, potentials for the future, and actions and policies that could improve humanity’s outlook – in clear, precise, and readable text with unparalleled breadth and depth. Includes a 50-page report on “Future Work/Technology 2050”. Co-authored by Jerome C. Glenn and Elizabeth Florescu.

Note: The MP is distinctive for its “Node” structure, its breadth (arguably at the expense of depth), and attention to several topics that are widely neglected, e.g. (transnational organized crime, ethical decisions, various technologies, collaborative foresight).  Although touted as futures research, it is more accurately seen as an ambitious integration of many current trends. SSG Principal David Harries formerly served as head of the Canadian Node. (MM)

The Millennium Project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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