Join the around-the-world 24-hour conversation on the future to celebrate World Future Day March 1

March 1, 2017

Futurists from the 55 Millennium Project nodes worldwide will join other organizations and the public on March 1 to exchange ideas about the future

Futurists worldwide plan to celebrate March 1 as World Future Day with a 24-hour conversation about the world’s potential futures, challenges, and opportunities.

At 12 noon your local time on March 1, you can click on a Google hangout at and join the conversation* (log in with a Google account).  It starts at 12 noon (midnight in New York) in Auckland, New Zealand and moves across the world, ending in Honolulu at 12 noon Honolulu time.

The World Futures Studies Federation, Association of Professional Futurists, and Humanity+ have joined forces with The Millennium Project** to invite their members and the public to participate.

“This is an open discussion about the future,“ says Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project. “People will be encouraged to share their ideas about how to build a better future.”

This is the fourth year The Millennium Project has done this. Previous World Future Days have discussed issues like:

  • Has the world become too complex to understand and manage?
  • Can collective intelligence and smart cities anticipate and manage such complexity?
  • Will there be a phase shift of global attitudes in the near future about what is important about the future?
  • Can new concepts of employment be created to prevent increasing unemployment caused by the acceleration of technological changes?
  • Can self-organization on the Internet reduce dependence on ill-informed politicians?
  • Can virtual currencies work without supporting organized crime?
  • How can we break free from mental constraints preventing truly innovative valuable ideas and understand how our brains might sabotage us (rational vs. irrational fear, traumatic memories, and defense mechanisms)?
  • How can we connect our brains to become more intelligent?

* If you join the video conference and see that the limit of interactive video participation has been reached, you will still be able to see and hear, as well as type in the chat box, but your video will not be seen until some leave the conversation. As people drop out, new video slots will open up. You can also tweet a comment to @millenniumproj and facilitators will read it live in the video conference.

** The Millennium Project is an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and universities. It produces the annual “State of the Future” reports, the “Futures Research Methodology” series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies.