Dramatic changes have taken place in the world in the last two decades of this century. Conspicuous among these is the rapid development of East and South-East Asia, a region with one third of the world population, transforming from agricultural society to industrial society, from planned economy to market economy, from a homogeneous and unitary society into a heterogeneous and diversified society. The pace, depth, and magnitude of this transition, while bringing about benefits to local people, have exerted severe human ecological stresses on both local and cultural conditions and regional life support ecosystems. The sustainability can only be assured with a human-ecological understanding of the complex interaction among environmental, economic and social/cultural factors and with comprehensive planning and management grounded in ecological principles.
To ensure a wide participation of China in the Millennium Project and that the tremendous work is shared, the China Node has two co-chairs:
Dr. Zhouying Jin, Chair of the Node, is Director of the Institute of Quanti-Econoics & Techno-Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
Dr. Rusong Wang, Co-Chair of the Node, Director, Urban Systems Ecology, Chinese Academy of Natural Sciences, Beijing
See Node activities update presented by Dr. Zhouying Jin, Node Chair (report to be posted soon), at the Millennium Project Planning Committee, July 2008. Published the Chinese version of the 2006 and 2007 State of the Future
Zhouying JIN has recently published the English version of her book Global Technological Change; From Hard Technology to Soft Technology. See information about the book Soft Technology.pdf. The book is available on Amazon.com (Global Technological Change: From Hard Technology To Soft Technology (Paperback), by Zhouying Jin, List Price: $39.95 U.S. dollars plus shipping)