On March 1, Future Day, six international futurist organizations will come together to conduct a 24-hour conversation about the world’s potential futures, challenges, and opportunities, according to Millennium Project CEO Jerome Glenn and Humanity+ Secretary Adam A. Ford.
In addition to The Millennium Project, the organizations are: Association of Professional Futurists, Club of Amsterdam, Humanity+, World Future Society, and the World Futures Studies Federation. Future Day events worldwide are already scheduled in more than 20 cities around the world.
This year, Glenn decided to help extend Future Day as a global online event and start a new tradition that could eventually help humanity “think itself together for a more beautiful future.”
“Wherever you are in the world, you are invited at 12:00 noon in your timezone to click on the Future Day button at the Millennium Project website or Global Futures Day to join this global video conversation about the future,” says Glenn. If the limit of interactive video conference participation is reached, new arrivals will be able to see and hear, but not have their video seen and voice heard. However, they can send a tweet including @MillenniumProj #FutureDay that can be read live in the video conference. As people drop out, new video slots will open up. “This is an open, no-agenda discussion about the future, but in general, people will be encouraged to share their ideas about how to build a better future,” notes Glenn.
The idea for Future Day originated with Humanity+ Vice Chair Ben Goertzel at a Second Life conference on September 15, 2011, according to Ford, who has been coordinating Future Day in 2012 and 2013 and is founder and president of Humanity+ Australia and Science, Technology & the Future. “Future Day each year gives us an ongoing opportunity to focus our energy on inventing the future we want,” he says. “We encourage schools, organizations, clubs, and groups of people to organize their own Future Day events globally and let us know at Future Day about their activities.”