State Of The Future Index
Data source: United Nations Organization Millennium Project.
The State Of The Future Index is a measure of the 10-year outlook for the future in general. It is constructed with key variables and forecasts related to the global challenges that have emerged from the largest on-going participatory futures process in history.
The Millennium Project brings together futurists, scholars, business partners and policymakers who work for international organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations and universities. It collects and assesses judgements from several hundred participants to produce the annual State of the Future report.
The 15 challenges used in producing the State of the Future Index are:
1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all?
2. How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict?
3. How can population growth and resources be brought into balance?
4. How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes?
5. How can policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives?
6. How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone?
7. How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor?
8. How can the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced?
9. How can the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work and institutions change?
10. How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass destruction?
11. How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition?
12. How can transnational organized crime networks be stopped from becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises?
13. How can growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently?
14. How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?
15. How can ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?