The Millennium Project Opens a New Node in Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of its Worldwide Futurist Network
Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 19, 2015
On the occasion of the launch of the Bulgarian edition of the “2013-14 State of the Future”, Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project went to Sofia and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov, President of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, establishing the Bulgarian Node of The Millennium Project. “We look forward to connecting leading researchers in Bulgaria with other futurists around the world,” said Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov.
Although the Academy is the institutional host, Dr. Mariana Todorova will be the Chair of this Millennium Project Node in Sofia. She is the first person to receive a PhD in Futures Studies in Bulgaria and has been recently elected Member of the Bulgarian Parliament. Her husband, Dr. Boyan Ivantchev is the co-chair and pioneer in behavioral finance and neuroeconomics. Together they organized the launch of the Bulgarian edition of the “2013-14 State of The Future” and arranged a series of lectures and media interviews. “Jerome Glenn’s lecture on technological change and future of work and the Bulgarian edition of “2013-14 State of the Future” provoked huge media interest,” said Dr. Todorova. “The Millennium Project was discussed in the most influential news programs and TV shows in the country.”
“The first global futures research study that the Bulgarian Node will be invited to participate in will be on the futures of artificial intelligence and other technologies that could change the future of work,” said Jerome Glenn. “World experts are divided on whether AI, robotics, synthetic biology and other future changes will eliminate more jobs than they will create. So, we will invite the best minds via the Bulgarian Node and the other Nodes around the world to help us think through what we should do about this.”
The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank connecting 55 Nodes around the world that identify important long-range challenges and strategies, and initiate and conduct foresight studies, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. Its mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today. It produces the annual “State of the Future” reports, the “Futures Research Methodology” series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies. Over 4,500 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities have participated in The Millennium Project’s research, since its inception, in 1992. The Millennium Project was selected among the top ten think tanks in the world for new ideas and paradigms by the 2013 and 2014 University of Pennsylvania’s GoTo Think Tank Index, and 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate for its contributions to collective intelligence systems.