The Millennium Project is perhaps one of the most well-known – as well as the most ambitious programs in the field of future studies. It was started in 1996 by Jerome Glenn, with the goal that can’t be called unambitious: To improve humanity’s prospects for building a better future.
During more than twenty years of its existence, the project has grown into the largest network of ‘futurists’, for the lack of better word, of people who are not only thinking about the possible futures but also undertake practical steps of building a bit better future for us all. Current ‘collective intelligence network’ of the Millenium Projects includes 4,500k professionals grouped in 62 national and regional nodes.
And now the number is 63!
Thanks to the efforts of Erica Bol, from Teach the Future project, and other people from the Dutch Future Society, there exists now the Dutch Node of the Millenium project! We at Summ( )n were very proud to receive an invitation to the inaugural session of this new entity.
The kick-off meeting of the newly formed Dutch Node was hosted last week, by the TrendLab at the Fontys School in Tilburg. The gathering was very warm and amicable, yet very sleaves-up too. Sure, there was some general introduction of the purpose and the activities of the Millenium Projects itself, by Erica Bol:
But the meeting then went straight to the discussions of how the Dutch Node could shape its agenda and activities to contribute to the Project’s goals in a meaningful (Dutch) way. Even the presentations by each participant went further than ‘That’s me and that’s what I do’ but talked about possible projects and collaborations. Here Freija van Duijne, from the Dutch Future Society, presents her ideas about the interactions with the Millenium Project:
The Dutch community of ‘futurists’ is relatively compact, and I knew many of the participants already. Yet it was a pleasure to meet new people, and learn about their work, too. This includes Monica Veeger, from the group Futures Research and Trendwatching, who was our host in this meeting in the the Fontys’ TrendLab (I wasn’t even aware it exists and was glad to learn about their activities, too):
As I said, the meeting was more than a series of self-presentations. Working in smaller teams, the Dutch Node has immediately dived into a range of scenarios about the future of work, developed by the Millenium Project, and explored their relevance to the Dutch society. Lots of insights have emerged, and immediately a few possible next steps and directions, too.
All in all, a very important milestone for the Dutch community, and an opening window for many important actions in the future, and for the future! Such as
Such as, in fact, the Teach the Future initiative that Erica is pushing forward so passionately; at the end of the gathering we also briefly brainstormed about this program, too.