OECD Government Foresight Community meeting mini report
- Posted by Mara Di Berardo
- On 14 October 2021
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The OECD Strategic Foresight unit, headed by Duncan Cass-Begg, held its annual OECD Government Foresight Community Meeting online on October 11-13, 2021. About 200 people attended, mostly OECD Members’ government’s foresight staff, to discuss perspectives on futures of government foresight.
The OECD Government Foresight Community (GFC) brings together experienced strategic foresight practitioners in the public sector from countries and international organisations around the world. It aims to strengthen global foresight capacity by drawing on collective experience and bringing future insights to bear on key issues of our times
Jerome C. Glenn gave a presentation on the 11th of October on why we need to begin working on a global governance system for the transition from artificial narrow to artificial general intelligence.
The next day there was a session on long-term thinking that focused on existential or strategic threats. Héctor Casanueva, Paul Werbos, and Jrome Glenn talked about the proposed UN Office on Strategic Threats. Both the AGI study and UN office ideas were well received.
On Oct. 13, Héctor Casanueva (Chile node) was invited to give a short intervention during the “Longtermism” session regarding Latin America and anticipatory governance.
In addition to them, others from The Millennium Project in attendance were Shermon Cruz & Lizan Perante-Calina (Philippines), Christofilopoulos Epaminondas (Greece), Sirkka Heinonen (Finland), Stavros Mantzanakis (Greece), Clem Bezold, Catherine Cosgrove, Erica Bol, and others.
The OECD unit’ activity is increasing the collective intelligence of government futures personnel. It was a good engagement of government foresight staff with two Millennium Project initiatives.