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Report presented at the February 2003 Planning Committee Meeting, Washington, DC

Report presented at the July 2003 Planning Committee Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Human Security - Latin American Delphi


Report presented at the February 2003 Planning Committee Meeting

Latin American Node Activities Report (Brief)
Period: July 2002 – February 2003, and previsions for March/July 2003
(Partial synthesis, main activities)
Prepared by Eduardo Raúl Balbi, Co-Director, Latin American Node

1.  Institutional organization

a. Current Sub nodes:

- México        - Colombia
- Honduras    - Guatemala
- Cuba           -  Ecuador
- Chile           -  Uruguay

b. New Sub nodes

- Mendoza (Argentina)          - Córdoba (Argentina)

c. Potential Sub nodes

- Paraguay                  - Formosa (Argentina)
- Chaco and Corrientes (Argentina)

d. Main coordination and joint work with:

·    Latin American Net of Prospective Studies
·    Strategic Studies Center of Argentine Navy
·    Strategic Thinking and Prospective Center, Colombia
·    National University, Chile
·    Externado University, Colombia
·    National University of Córdoba, Argentina
·    Champagnat University, Mendoza, Argentina
·    University of Enterprises and Social Sciences, UCES, Buenos Aires, Argentina
·    National University of Formosa, Argentina
·    Technological National University, Argentina (several regional units)
·    Mexico Autonomous University, UNAM, Mexico
·    Guadalajara University, México
·    Strategic Studies for Development Center, CEED, Mexico
·    Many other institutions

e. Associated centers created

·    Chile:  Analytyka Consultores
·    Buenos Aires (Argentina): Scenarios and Strategy - EyE
·    Colombia:  Strategic Thinking and Prospective Center
·    Chaco (Argentina): Center of Studies for Peace

2. Academic and training activities

a. Last semester activities

·    Workshop in Mendoza - Champagnat University, base of Mendoza Sub node - Introduction to Prospective

·    Workshop in Cordoba-National University of Cordoba, base of Cordoba Sub node - Introduction to Prospective

·    Workshop in Argentine Naval War College - Superior Course - Introduction to Applied Prospective

·    Workshops in Ecuador, Colombia and Chile

·    Five workshops with Argentine Office of PAHO - Health Argentine Scenarios

b. Pending  activities

·    Second workshop in Mendoza - Basic training for professors (April/May)

·    Second workshop in Cordoba - Basic training in techniques  (April/May)

·    Seminar in Barcelona - Implementation of APER technique in public negotiations and normative previsions  (March)

·    Seminar in Bogotá - Prospective and negotiation  (March)

·    Seminar in Formosa – Use of  Prospective in future design for communities (June/August)

·    Seminar in Chaco - Prospective as support of Conflict Prevention  (June/September)

·    Workshop and Seminar in Montevideo, Uruguay - Introduction to Prospective; and Analysis of common futures scenarios of Argentina and Uruguay.  (May)

·    Three Workshops in Buenos Aires -  (May, June, July)

·    Other workshops in headquarters of different sub nodes

3. Other important activities

a. Last semester activities

·    Edition of Prospective Methodology  CD

·    Participation in Delphi Rounds of Millennium Project

·    Divulgation of Millennium Project and Latin American Net of Prospective Studies through conferences, papers and news reports.

b. Pending activities

·    Launch of On-line Course of Prospective in Spanish

·    Launch of On-line  courses of prospective in Spanish, with specific orientations (in coordination: Health futures, Environment protection futures)

·    Translation of  State of the Future 2002 and 2003, main part (book)

·    Starting the edition of  CD about "HOW TO MAKE IT"  several prospective techniques (two years project)

4. Research issues

·    Strategic Prospective – Colombia

·    Prospective and Human Security – Argentina

·    Prospective and Strategic Intelligence – Argentina; Chile

·    Prospective and Conflict Prevention – Argentina; Chile; Mexico

·    Prospective model for Companies in time of crisis – Argentina

·    Fresh Water resource and potential threats for MERCOSUR - Argentina



Report presented at the July 2003 Planning Committee Meeting, San Francisco, California

Miguel Angel Gutierrez, Director, Latin American Center for Globalization and Prospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina, attended the July meeting in San Francisco. He presented several activities of his Node.

Eduardo Raúl Balbi, President of Scenarios & Strategies (Escenarios y Estrategia–EYE), Buenos Aires, Argentina, couldn't attend the meeting, but sent in the report of his Node.
 

Report presented by Miguel Angel Gutierrez, Director, Latin American Center for Globalization and Prospective, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Please click here to see the power point presentation.

Miguel presented in more details:

BOOKS IN PRESS: Global Terrorism, The challenge of new type of conflict

The Global Terrorism, The International Strategy & The Conflict Resolutions, Miguel Angel Gutierrez

USA, The West And The Rest After September 11/OCTOBER 7 2001: A Midterm Report, Johan Galtung

Anti-Terrorism Scenarios, Theodore J. Gordon

Scenarios of Global Geopolitical Change, Hazel Henderson

Counter Mind-Set, Jerome C. Glenn

The Nature Of Terrorism And Advice On Combating It In The Future, Bob Chernow

Thinking Like A Terrorist In Latin America, Joseph F. Coates

Colombia Bunny Toward the last Latin-American Vietnam? Edgardo Arrivillaga

“Impacts Of Global Challenge At The Security”, Repercussions In countries in crisis: Notes from de Argentine case, Horacio Walter Verdeja
El Escenario De La Inteligencia En Paises Emergentes Después Del 9/11. Un Análisis A Partir Del Caso De Chile, Guillermo Holzmann

Terrorismo Scenarios Carlos Moneta, Verónica Peredo

The Project "Lots of Hands", a TV Magazine Program for Children

Idea: Analía Crespo, Evangelina Gutierrez

Directed by : Analía Crespo, Evangelina Gutierrez Zabala

The ever growing environmental crises demand social awareness to promote and cultivate a friendly environmental conscience.  We all have a right to live a dignified life based on justice and equality for all people in this world, our home.  This is why environmental education from an early age is fundamental in the upbringing of sensitive people living in harmony with their natural and social environment.
“Lots of Hands” is a fun-filled TV Magazine Show for Children, which delves into and analyze diverse environmental and social problems, examining the causes, consequences, and potential evolution of these problems in the near future.  The specific objective of this project is not only to present the information to the child in an enjoyable and entertaining way, but also to help him/her develop a special sensibility and conscience toward the environment and society as a whole. Dynamic footage, amusing puppets, lovely and easy lo learn songs, colorful graphics and clever animation help kids understand the vital relationship between humans and the environment, and how what they can do to help taking care of the planet and inspiring good environmental behavior in others as well (family, school, and community).

This Project is also related to a Children’s Books Collection:  “Lots of Hands”.

The ever growing environmental crises demand social awareness to promote and cultivate a friendly environmental conscience.  We all have a right to live a dignified life based on justice and equality for all people in this world, our home.  This is why environmental education from an early age is fundamental in the upbringing of sensitive people living in harmony with their natural and social environment.

For this reason we have begun work on a series of didactic materials for young children in kindergarten and primary school. These materials delve deep into and analyze social and ecological problems.  The specific objective of this project is not only to present the information to the child in an enjoyable and entertaining way, but also to help him/her develop a special sensibility and conscience toward environmental and social problems.  We want to let the child know that he/she can make a big difference by getting involved right now, at home, at school and in his/her community.  At the same time the child begins making a positive change by becoming an active participant, and inspiring good environmental behavior in others (family, school, and community).

We are introducing a collection of children’s books for ages 6 and up, which focus on diverse environmental and social problems. The themes of this collection examine causes and consequences, and the potential evolution of these problems in the near future.  Our goal is not only to bring the child closer to the wonderful habit of reading, but also to empower him/her with the necessary tools to comprehend and find solutions to these problems with a sensitive conscience and a profound sense of responsibility to our planet and society as a whole.

The successful combination of narration and illustrations achieves the right integration of the story with lively and expressive images, which exposes the quality and originality of the collection.  Each book in the collection incorporates a fun activity section (related to the specific topic of the book) so the child can learn what he/she can do to help the planet.  In conclusion, each story not only presents an existing problem but also provides the necessary tools for the child to take an active role in contributing to the solution to these problems.  This encourages and instills a sense of responsibility in the participation in the caring of the environment, and in the making of it a daily habit.

El Río Llora - Cuento e ilustraciones de Analía Crespo y Evangelina Gutierrez
The River Cries – Story and illustrations by Analía Crespo and Evangelina Gutierrez

Description:
• Reading Level: Ages 6-8
• Hardcover - 16 pages (June, 2003)
• Original Language: Spanish.
• English version available
• Beautiful illustrations
• Activity Section
Note:  English version available to be distributed and commercialized by the Millennium Project

Other Titles from “Lots of Hands” Collection:
• “El Río Llora” -The River Cries - (Water)
• “¿Dónde están los árboles?”   - Where are the trees?  (Deforestation)
• “El Planeta se Lamenta” – Unhappy Planet - (Pollution)
• “Una y otra vez” – One more time - (Recycling)
• “Los animales Lloran” - The animals are crying - (Endanger Species)
• “Apágala …” -Turn it off - (Energy)
• “Un poquito para Todos” - A Little Bit for All – (Population and Resources)
• “Un doctor por favor…” -A Doctor Please …- (Threats to Health)
• “Guerra… que fea”  -War… what an ugly word - (Peace and Conflict)
• “Chicos del Mundo” – Children of the World” - (Children Rights)

Idea and realizations: Evangelina Gutierrez: eva1564@hotmail.com
Analía Crespo:  brisa_austral@hotmail.com

Researches Consultants:

· Centro Latinoamericano de Globalización y Prospectiva, Nodo Latinoamericano del Millennium Project, of American Council for the United Nations University
· Axa – Acción  por el Agua (Action for Water)
· Epart – Foundation for the Art and Culture, Buenos Aires Argentina



Report presented by Eduardo Raúl Balbi, President of Scenarios & Strategies (Escenarios y Estrategia–EYE), Buenos Aires, Argentina
2003 Millennium Project
Summer Planning Committee Meeting
17 & 18 July 2003 – San Francisco, CA

Latin American Node Activities Report (Brief)
Period: February 2003 - July 2003, and previsions for July 2003/February 2004
(Partial synthesis, main activities)

1.  Institutional organization

a. Current Sub nodes:

- México
- Colombia
- Honduras
- Guatemala
- Cuba
- Ecuador  (Change of location and Director)
- Chile
- Uruguay  (Activities suspended during 2003)
- Mendoza (Argentina)
- Córdoba (Argentina)
- Formosa (Argentina)
- Chaco (Argentina)

b. New Sub nodes

-Mar del Plata (Argentina)
- Buenos Aires (Argentina)

c. Potential Sub nodes

- Paraguay
- Bolivia

d. Main coordination and joint work with:

· Latin American Net of Prospective Studies
· Argentine Navy Strategic Studies Center
· Strategic Thinking and Prospective Center, Colombia
· National University, Chile
· Externado University, Colombia
· National University of Córdoba, Argentina
· Champagnat University, Mendoza, Argentina
· University of Enterprises and Social Sciences, UCES, Buenos Aires, Argentina
· National University of Formosa, Argentina
· Technological National University, Argentina (several regional units)
· Mexico Autonomous University, UNAM, Mexico
· Guadalajara University, México
· Strategic Studies for Development Center, CEED, Mexico
· Ecuador Army Polytechnic College
· Conflict Management Observatory, Bogotá
· Many other institutions

e. Associated centers created

· Chile:  Analytyka Consulters
· Buenos Aires (Argentina): Scenarios and Strategy - EyE
· Colombia:  Strategic Thinking and Prospective Center
· Chaco (Argentina): Studies for Peace Center
· Mendoza (Argentina) Prospective Analysis Center

2. Academic and training activities

a. Last semester activities

· Preparation and launching, Round 01 Human Security Preliminary Research –Concepts, definitions and main research fields (closed July 14th)

· Design and preparation, on-line courses: General Prospective (main course) and a first specialization (Prospective in health), with certification by National University of Córdoba, Argentina

· Workshop in Argentine Naval War College - Superior Course - Introduction to Applied Prospective

· Workshop in Buenos Aires, with Special Research Team over “Fresh Water, Risks, and threats”, Argentine Navy Strategic Studies Center

· Many conferences (3) special classes (5) and meetings ( 2) over advantages of prospective thinking and common uses of futures research points of view and “products”

b. Futures activities

· Launching on-line courses: General Prospective (main course) and a first specialization (Prospective in health), with certification by National University of Córdoba, Argentina

· Analysis and conclusions, Round 01 Human Security Preliminary Research –Concepts, definitions and main research fields (July, August 2003)

· Preparation and launching, Round 02 Human Security Preliminary Research –Concepts, Final concepts and definitions; indicators (August, September 2003)

· Final report, Preliminary Research, Human Security (December 2003)

· Workshop in Mendoza - Basic training for professors (September 2003)

· Workshop in Cordoba - Basic training in techniques  (October 2003)

· Seminar in Barcelona - Implementation of APER technique in public negotiations and normative previsions  (probably, October 2003, or February 2004)

· Seminar in Bogotá - Prospective and negotiation  (November 2003)

· Seminar in Chaco - Prospective as support of Conflict Prevention  (September 2003)

· Seminar in Formosa – Use of  Prospective in future design for communities (Second semester 2003)

· Other workshops in headquarters of different sub nodes (TBD)
 

3. Other important activities

a. Last semester activities

· Promotion and sale of Prospective Methodology  CD and other Spanish products

· Divulgation of Millennium Project and Latin American Net of Prospective Studies through conferences, papers and news reports.

b. Pending activities

· Final design of web site and data base of EyE, and put it  into air (August 2003 )

· Launch of On-line Courses of Prospective in Spanish  (early 2nd semester 2003)

· Translation of  State of the Future 2002 and 2003, main part (book) (ASAP)

· Edition State of the Future 2002 and 2003, with brief (book) in Spanish, CD format.(early 1st semester 2004)

· Work in edition of  CD about "HOW TO MAKE IT"  several prospective techniques (two years project)

4. Research issues

· Strategic Prospective – Colombia

· Prospective and Human Security – Argentina

· Prospective and Strategic Intelligence – Argentina; Chile; Colombia

· Prospective and Conflict Prevention – Argentina; Chile; Mexico

· Prospective model for Enterprises in crisis time  – Argentina

· Fresh Water resource and potential threats for MERCOSUR - Argentina



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