Think tank named one of world’s best

February 16, 2014

An international think tank, which is chaired in the UK by Dr Martin Rhisiart at the University of South Wales, has been ranked 6th Best Think Tank in the World for New Ideas and Paradigms.

The Millennium Project connects futurists around the world to explore prospects for humanity as a whole.

Over 3,500 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organisations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities have participated in its research.

The ‘Global Go To Think Tanks Index’ is compiled by the University of Pennsylvania and asks 2,000 experts to rate think tanks throughout the world in various categories.

The Millennium Project, which is funded by the UN University, US EPA, UNDP, and UNESCO, was rated 6th in the Special Achievement Category IV for “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by a Think Tank.”

The Millennium Project was born from a three-year feasibility study from 1992-1995. It is an independent, international think tank with 50 Nodes (groups of institutions and individuals) around the world that connect global and local perspectives, producing new approaches to build a better future.

Dr Rhisiart, Director of the Centre for Research in Futures and Innovation at the University of South Wales, is Chair of the UK Node. He said: “The Millennium Project is unique in its approach to assessing long-term challenges and strategies for progress. It has also pushed boundaries in its methods – most recently with the Global Futures Intelligence System. It is pleasing to see the Millennium Project recognised amongst leading international think tanks.”

Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project, added: “Humanity needs a way to systematically think together about the future. The Millennium Project has made great progress in building common platforms and systems that we hope other think tanks can use, as well as the public. We are very pleased to receive this recognition via the Think Tank Index.”

The Global Go To Think Tank Index has been produced annually since 2006 by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania. The Program maintains a database of over 6,000 think tanks around the world and is considered to be the only authoritative ranking of think tanks. The Index is intended to acknowledge their important contributions to the policy process, monitor think tank trends worldwide, and assist in improving the capacity and performance of think tanks around the world.

The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank connecting 50 Nodes around the world that identify important long-range challenges and strategies in their regions, and initiate and conduct foresight studies, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. Its mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media. It produces the annual “State of the Future” reports, the “Futures Research Methodology” series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies.

Global participatory futures research, State of the Future Index, Real-Time Delphi, Global Futures Intelligence System, Tele-Nations, and TransInstitutions are some of the innovative ideas and methodologies introduced by The Millennium Project.

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