FutureScope 2001 Conference Heading for Minneapolis

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FutureScope 2001 Conference Heading for Minneapolis


Some 1,000 futurists from around the world are preparing to attend the World Future Society's annual conference, FutureScope 2001: Exploring the 21st Century, scheduled for July 29-31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference will beheld at the Hilton Minneapolis & Towers, one of the newest hotels in the city.

Conference attendees will be treated to a unique "world's fair of ideas," including sessions devoted to developments in technology, leadership in the 21st century, the global economy, the future of urban America, health care, education, business transformation, and life in 2025. The former president of Mexico, Miguel de la Madrid, is scheduled to attend.

More than 190 expert speakers will analyze trends and debate ideas, make forecasts about the social, economic, and technological issues that are shaping the twenty-first century--and respond to questions from conference-goers.

Among the speakers, representing more than 30 countries, will be the executive director of the Institute of Futures Studies for development in Bangkok, the former director of the Canadian Council on Environment and Food Policy in Ontario, and the executive producer of M-Web Africa in Brixton, South Africa. Scientists and representatives from Japan's Mitsubishi Research Institute, and Russia's Academy of Science will also make presentations, along with leaders from Lycos Europe, L'Oreal and the University of Cairo.

U.S. 'speakers at FutureScope 2001 will include the founder of VISA International, a state senator and the attorney general of Minnesota, a former vice president of Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc., the CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., and the principal architect of Sun Microsystems. The former executive producer of CBS Moming News,

IBM's chair in engineering management, and the senior vice president of new media for the Minneapolis Star Tribune will also appear, along with representatives from the FBI, NPR, the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

FutureScope 2001 will also offer numerous informal opportunities for gathering information and networking with people interested in sharing ideas and insights. The conference will draw an eclectic mix of knowledgeable representatives from universities, associations, government agencies, corporations, and research institutions--ready and willing to discuss current trends, innovative thinking, and future possibilities. Past Society conferences have attracted attendees from 3M. Company, Morgan Stanley & Co., Argonne National Laboratory, Bureau of the Census, Wired Magazine, Lucent Technologies, FBI, British Telecom, Walt Disney Imagineering, Honeywell, IBM, Honda R&D America, Procter & Gamble, and many other organizations.

Ten pre-conference courses will be offered on July 28 and 29 at FutureScope 2001. A complete description of courses and faculty is listed on A5. Professional members of the World Future Society are invited to an all-day Professional Members' Forum that follows the 2001 annual conference on August 1. This exclusive program is called "Mapping the Future: Making It Work" FutureScope 2001 attendees may join the forum by becoming professional members of the World Future Society before or during the conference for a $105 fee. …

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