Jerome C. Glenn

July 11, 2009

Jerome C. Glenn is the co-founder (1996) and director of The Millennium Project (on global futures research) and co-author with Ted Gordon of its annual State of the Future for the past fourteen years. He was the Washington, DC representative for the United Nations University as executive director of the American Council for the UNU 1988-2007.

Glenn invented the “Futures Wheel” a futures assessment technique, Futuristic Curriculum Development, and concepts such as conscious-technology, transinstutions, tele-nations, management by understanding, definitions for environmental security, feminine brain drain, information warfare, feelysis, nodes as a management concept for interconnecting global and local views and actions, and coined the term “futuring” in 1973. Saturday Review named him among the most unusually gifted leaders of America for his pioneering work in Tropical Medicine (national Leprosy system while a Peace Corp Volunteer), Future-Oriented Education, and Participatory Decision Making Systems in 1974. He was instrumental in naming the first Space Shuttle the Enterprise and banning the first space weapon (FOBS) in SALT II.

Recent research includes: upgrading Futures Research Methodology Version 1.0 to 3.0, Global Energy Collective Intelligence, Elements of the Next Economy, National Future Strategy Units, Future Education and Learning Possibilities by 2030, Global Energy Scenarios for 2020, 2025 Science and Technology Scenarios, Middle East Peace Scenarios.

He has over 35 years of Futures Research experience working for governments, international organizations, and private industry with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project. He has addressed or keynoted conferences for over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and/or corporations around the world on a variety of future-oriented topics.

Glenn was the Deputy Director of Partnership for Productivity International involved in national strategic planning, institutional design, training, and evaluation in economic development and micro-finance in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America and created CARINET in 1983 as the leading computer network in the developing world subsequently bought by CGNet.  He has been an independent consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, UNU, UNESCO, FAO, UNEP, US/EPA, USAID, and several governments and corporations.

He has published over 100 future-oriented articles in such as the Nikkei, ADWEEK, International Tribune, LEADERS, New York Times, McGraw-Hill’s Contemporary Learning Series, Current, Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Journal, Foresight, Futures, Technological Forecasting, Futures Research Quarterly, and The Futurist. He is author of Future Mind: Merging the Mystical and the Technological in the 21st Century (1989 & 1994), Linking the Future: Findhorn, Auroville, Arcosanti (1979), and co-author of Space Trek: The Endless Migration (1978 & 1979).

Glenn has a BA in philosophy from American University, an MA in Teaching Social Science – Futuristics from Antioch Graduate School of Education (now Antioch University New England), and was a doctoral candidate in general futures research at the University of Massachusetts.  He received the Donella Meadows Medal, Kondratieff Medal, Emerald Citation of Excellence, honorary professorship and doctor’s degrees from two universities in South America (Universidad Ricardo Palma and Universidad Franz Tamayo) and is a leading boomerang stunt man.

See essays by this author:
2050 Global Normative Scenarios
Millennium 3000 Scenarios
See blog posts by this author:
The state of the future
See selected books by this author:
2010 State of the Future
2012 State of the Future
Futures Research Methodology Version 3.0