Invitation to assess the variables for the
State of the Future Index

using the Real-Time Delphi

Invitation - Instructions - The questionnaire



On behalf of the Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University, we have the honor to invite you to participate in a study to choose variables that should compose the State of the Future Index (SOFI).

State of the Future Index is a global index designed to assess the future outlook over the next 10 years, based on 20 years or so of historical data.

The global version was created in 2000 and variations have been created for several countries since then. The Millennium Project is re-assessing the SOFI's statistical foundation to see how to improve its ability to forecast whether the future in general is getting better or worse and to identify the factors responsible. You are invited to take part in this process by providing your judgments in the on-line questionnaire.

The Millennium Project is a worldwide system for collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing judgments about emerging global challenges that may affect the human condition. Its annual State of the Future and other special reports are used by decision-makers and educators to add focus to important issues, clarify choices, and improve the quality of decisions. Since the Project's beginning in 1996, over 2,000 people have participated in the Project’s questionnaires and interviews.

Those who participate in this study at will receive the results in a complementary copy of the next edition of the State of the Future. No attributions will be made, but respondents will be listed as participants.

You do not have to complete this questionnaire in one visit. When you return to the questionnaire you will see your previous answers and the inputs provided by others. You can change your previous textual and numeric answers. You are encouraged to return to this questionnaire several times before the deadline of March 15, 2007.

Please contact Elizabeth Florescu <> if you have any questions or need clarification about this invitation.

We look forward to including your views, and to sharing the results with you.

Sincerely yours,

Jerome C. Glenn, Director, Millennium Project
Theodore Gordon, Senior Fellow, Millennium Project






Current Sponsors: Applied Materials, Dar Almashora (for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation), Deloitte & Touche LLP, Ford Motor Company, U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute
Inkind: CIM Engineering, Smithsonian Institution, World Future Society, and World Federation of United Nations Associations

Planning Committee
Alper Alsan
Mohsen Bahrami
Eduardo Raul Balbi
Eleonora Barbieri-Masini
Peter Bishop
Frank Catanzaro
Paul Crake
José Luis Cordeiro
George Cowan
Cornelia Daheim
Francisco Dallmeier
Philippe Destatte
Nadezhda Gaponenko
Michel Godet
John Gottsman
Miguel A. Gutierrez
Sirkka Heinonen
Hazel Henderson
Arnoldo José de Hoyos
Reyhan Huseynova
Zhouying Jin
Geci Karuri
Anandhavalli Mahadevan
Kamal Zaki Mahmoud
Shinji Matsumoto
Rubin Nelson
Pavel Novacek
Concepción Olavarrieta
Youngsook Park
Charles Perrottet
Cristina Puentes-Markides
David Rejeski
Saphia Richou
Stanley G. Rosen
Mihaly Simai
Rusong Wang
Paul Werbos
Paul Wildman

Sponsor Representatives
Ismail Al-Shatti
John Fittipaldi
Eduard Martin
Michael K. O’Farrell
Michael Stoneking

Jerome C. Glenn, Director
Theodore J. Gordon, Senior Fellow
Elizabeth Florescu, Research Director
Hayato Kobayashi, Research Asst

Regional Nodes
Baku, Azerbaijan
Beijing, China
Berlin/Essen, Germany
Brussels Area, Belgium
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cairo, Egypt
Calgary/Ottawa, Canada
Caracas, Venezuela
Cyber Node, Internet
Helsinki, Finland
Istanbul, Turkey
London, UK
Mexico City, Mexico
Moscow, Russia
New Delhi/Madurai, India
Paris, France
Prague, Czech Republic
Pretoria/Johannesburg, South Africa
Rome, Italy
Salmiya, Kuwait
São Paulo, Brazil
Seoul, Korea
Sidney, Australia
Silicon Valley, USA
Tehran, Iran
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tokyo, Japan
Washington, D.C. USA


- access the questionnaire at

- at your first visit, you are requested to register (enter your email address and postal address to which we should mail the results)

- when you return to the questionnaire, provide just your email address (which is always your login key)

- proceed to the questionnaire

- when asked to enter the access code:

- read and follow the instructions provided on the questionnaire page

Please contact Elizabeth Florescu <> if you have any questions or difficulties with the questionnaire.

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