The Millennium Project was established in 1996 as a unique think tank with 28 Nodes–groups of institutions and individuals who connect global and local perspectives–around the world plus 2,000 volunteer futurists, scholars, business leaders, scientists, and policymakers from more than 50 countries, acting under the auspices of the American Council for the United Nations University. It is dedicated to exploring global futures by interviewing and surveying individuals at corporations, universities, NGO's, UN organizations, and governments to understand world change and to identify actions to reach the best possible future for humanity. The MP has an international network of “nodes” which are groups of individuals and institutions that connect global and local views on the future by participating in research initiatives. Nodes mobilize the leading minds in the respective countries to support (provide research input e.g., by responding to Delphi questionnaires) projects of the MP as well as to initiate their own special research projects utilizing the network and knowledge of the MP which includes a repository of methodologies, tools and studies. It is the mission of the SA Node to:
- spread the culture of futures thinking in the region;
- deepen expertise in futures amongst institutions and individuals in southern Africa; and
- galvanise and mobilize southern African experts and networks to participate in the activities of the Millennium Project.
More information: http://www.sampnode.co.za