In 2019, Students become
the ambassadors of the future !

mardi 1er janvier 2019

Dear All,

For this new year, I hope as Jerome C. Glenn that many universities and colleges will create their Embassies to the Future, in France and abroad.

Several universities have already begun to create their Embassies to the Future.

Please feel free to use the text below write by Jerome C.Glenn, Executive Director of the Millennium Project, if you would like to imitate with a university or universities.

The Millennium Project is working with universities to establish a new kind of student organization : a transdisciplinary “Embassy of the Future” to challenge and enhance student thinking about the future.

Each university “Embassy to the Future” would have a student Ambassador to the Future, a DCM (Deputy Chief of Mission), and several student attachés such as Science Attaché ; Political Attaché ; Environmental Attaché ; Economics Attaché ; Cultural Attaché, and so forth similar to nation-state embassies. General student members might be called “Citizens of (or for) the Future.”

The university student "Ambassador to the Future" would be selected—initially—by The Millennium Project Node chair in cooperation with a faculty advisor. (Millennium Project Node chairs at universities could also be the faculty advisor). The Ambassador would select her or his DCM. 

The faculty advisor with the Ambassador to the Future would contact department chairs to select the initial attachés ; e.g., the school of business would select the initial commercial attaché ; the science departments would select the science attaché, etc. The members (Citizens of the Future) would be recruited through traditional university student membership club channels like club recruitment fairs or university newspaper announcements.

When enough members are recruited (over 30 ?), then elections for the Ambassador, DCM, and Attachés could be held. Elections could be held every year and membership renewed each year. Any university student can join whether part-time or full-time and whether graduate or undergraduate.

What might Embassies to the Future do ?

• Conduct a one-hour once-a-week Meeting on the Future with a future-oriented faculty member and/or futurist in person or via video who might give 15 minutes initial remarks followed by 45 minutes of discussion.

• Results or key points from the discussion could be posted on social media of the Embassy for ongoing discussion.

• Each week the Embassy website might publish a Global Challenge infographic with its accompanying brief overview from The Millennium Project’s Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS) at could add their comments, and some new key insights could be added to GFIS.

• Hold a university-wide conference about the future ; have joint conferences (online or in-person) with other embassies in-country or internationally.

• Explore The Millennium Project’s main website to see how Members might want to participate in the global activities.

• Draw on materials from GFIS, State of the Future reports, Futures Research Methodology series, and other research to initiate student discussions and projects.

• Host World Future Day (March 1st) as teach-in and participate in round the world 24-hour conversation in your time zone.

• End each semester with a party dressed as you will look in the future.

• Come up with better ideas

The first Ambassador to the Future is Nikola Medová, graduate student at Olomouc University selected by Professor Pavel Novacek, Chair of the Central European Node. The next is Ms. Aytan Merdan, PhD candidate, David Tvildiani Medical University, selected by Dr. Tamar Chachibaia, Chair of the Republic of Georgia Node.

Q : How long is the assignment ? One year ? Two ?
A : A year, but can be re-elected

Q : Can there be more than one embassy per country ?
A : Yes, but just one embassy per university

Q : Would the Ambassador to the Future and Faculty Advisor have free access to GFIS ?
A : Yes

Q : What are the requirements to be an ambassador ?
A : The student Ambassador to the Future should be really interested in creating the Embassy for the Future and providing leadership. They should be interested in the general global future, not just one facet like technology or the environment but the big picture.

Q : Is there funding for this ?
A : No, but it is such a cool idea, you can probably get local sponsors if you needed a budget. A small membership fee could be charged similar to other university clubs or apply for grants to align the embassy’s program with student and faculty research.

Q : I don’t have a formal relationship with a university, how should I begin ?
A : You could write a letter to the University President similar to the text below, then follow up with a phone call to request a meeting.

Draft Letter to University Presidents :

The Millennium Project is exploring the idea of establishing a new student organization as a transdisciplinary “Embassy of the Future” to enhance student thinking about the future. Would you help select your university’s student Ambassador to the Future ?

As you may know, The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank established in 1996 to conduct and improve concepts and methods for global futures research. We would like to explore creating university student Ambassadors to the Future.

Such university Ambassadors might conduct monthly meetings on the future with relevant faculty and external futurists via video conferencing. The student Ambassador and Members of the Embassy might also create social media drawing on materials from The Millennium Project and research from other think tanks to initiate student discussions and projects. We would welcome a faculty and/or student liaison to explore how this might work for your university.

Each Embassy can be designed differently ; please see the attached for more information and suggestions, but we encourage innovation ; there is no one way to explore the future.

To know more about it, contact me :

All the Best and Happy Near Year !

Dr. Saphia Richou
Présidente de Prospective Foresight Network

Millennium Project French Node