On January 27th and 28th, 2020, the Futures Project Global Advisory Board convened in Berlin for its inaugural meeting. In attendance were Advisory Board Members from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, with representatives from South America and Australia joining by video conference. The group brought insights and perspectives from diverse professional and civic backgrounds in the public sector, business, academia, research, and civil society.

The multisector and international composition of the Advisory Board reflect two of the key values that underlie The Futures Project’s approach: to be boundary-spanning, in terms of both sector, geography, and other societal divides, and to highlight diversity and inclusivity, bringing a multitude of voices and perspectives to the table. Throughout the meeting, the Advisory Board returned to these values in its discussions about the growth, activities, and impact of the Futures Project.

The Board also had engaging discussions with special guest Sophie Pilgrim of the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser for the Secretary-General on Digital Cooperation and the UN75 initiative, and The Futures Project is proud to be a partner for the UN75 Global Conversation Project.

The Futures Project Team is now busily carrying forward the action plans that resulted from the Advisory Board meeting. We will soon be announcing our first projects, which will include many opportunities for collaboration and hands-on engagement. We are grateful to our Advisory Board for their thoughtful input and constructive criticism, and we look forward to continuing to build The Futures Project.

picture credits: Eyal Philip Peleg