Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), Millennium Project

CI-ChartCollective Intelligence is a Next Big Thing. You can participate in its evaluation now. The GFIS is now available  or those who want to keep track of global change, gain insights into future possibilities, and help shape tomorrow.

 Subscribers get insights from futurists, scientists, thought leaders, and other experts around the world. Applications of GFIS include discovering new opportunities, creating networks of groups unique to your interests, gaining access to new markets, and participation in international surveys, discussion groups, and interaction with expert reviewers. The objective: making you smarter about what’s next.

 GFIS is more than new software tools, a vast body of intelligence/knowledge/data, and access to global experts; it is also an evolving system for producing synergies among these three elements that have greater value than the sum of their separate, individual values. Based on the 15 Global Challenges (see box below) which have been updated and improved by The Millennium Project for the past 16 years, GFIS provides a framework for anticipating global change.  Teams of highly qualified expert reviewers for each challenge interact with subscribers to continuously update and improve insights. Each challenge area includes:

  1. Situation Chart – Current Situation, Desired Situation, and Policies to Address the Gap
  2. Overview: One-page summary & regional considerations, followed by 100-300 pages of detailed content
  3. Digest: News articles, Scanning items, and Updates to the challenge by day, week, month, and year
  4. Updates: Latest edits to the challenges with sources that triggered them
  5. Scanning: Important information with ability for annotation and to rate their relevance
  6. News: Latest news items, ability to rate their relevance, and see their new feed sources
  7. Comments: public feedback on any item
  8. Real-Time Delphi survey: questions added at any time; answers added to situation chart and else-where
  9. Discussion: Blog-like area to discuss questions subscribers and reviewers would like to explore
  10. Models: Interactive computer models, mathematical as well as rules-based and conceptual
  11. Resources: Top websites, books, videos, presentations, and papers/articles

 As a subscriber, you can search in each of these menu options separately as well as the GFIS as-a-whole. You can also search in other separate sections of the GFIS that contains numerous unique studies on the future, totaling over 10,000 searchable pages. Studies include elements of the next economy; environmental security; management implications for future science and technology; global scenarios such as energy 2020, S&T 2025, Latin America 2030, and Middle East Peace; and an annotated scenario bibliography of over 850 scenario sets.


 The Millennium Project is a global think tank with 49 Nodes (groups of institutions and individuals) around the world that connects global and local perspectives among over 3,500 participants investigating future possibilities. It was founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University, Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory system of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. Its work is funded by corporations, governments, universities, UN organizations, and foundations and is distilled in its annual “State of the Future” reports, “Futures Research Methodology” series, the Global Futures Intelligence System, and special studies on the future.

 The Millennium Project, continuing its tradition of forward-thinking global scholarship, has once again delivered an opus that is impeccably researched and worthy of world leaders’ study.The Futurist, January/February 2013

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