Important Update on Symposium

Because we received an unexpected number of abstracts for blind review (over 80), we are currently rethinking the logistics of the symposium. We are delighted by the strong interest the symposium has generated and want to use this opportunity to foster research and interdisciplinary dialogue on futures studies in philosophy, history, and STS. We therefore need more time to organize the review process and figure out creative solutions to increase the capacity of the symposium.

New timeline:

  • Friday December 8 [UPDATED]: Decision notification

  • Friday December 15 [UPDATED]: Symposium participation confirmation to be sent by authors of accepted abstracts to organizers (automatic registration)
  • Friday January 5 [UPDATED]: Final symposium schedule and beginning of registration period for audience members
  • Friday March 30, 2018: Full draft of papers to be shared with other speakers

Many thanks for your patience!


Yashar Saghai, Roberto Poli, Peter Galion, and Russell Powell

Publication of the State of the Future 19.0

The Millennium Project has released its annual report, the State of the Future 19.0 (available through this link). It begins with the stunning claim that "Most children born today are likely to be alive in the year 2100." Contrast this with the fact that only a minority of foresight studies venture beyond 20 years from the present. The report highlights 15 global challenges that the Millennium Project has been tracking since 1997. It updates its State of the Future Index (link to the interactive visual presentation of SOFI 2015-2016). Chapter 4 summarizes three alternative Future Work/Technology 2050 Global Scenarios that its team has created; these scenarios serve as inputs to national workshops (17 so far, others in preparation) to explore potential strategies to address the issues they raise. The report integrates the information collected from the Millennium Project's unique 63 national, regional, and thematic nodes and their active members. The executive summary of the State of the Future 19.0 is available here.