Interview de Renat Perelet - Co Chair of the Russian Node

mercredi 4 mars 2015

How long have you been working with The Millennium Project ?

Since late 1990s, at least.

What is your profession ? According to the purpose of The Millennium Project, what do you think the difference between your other job/project that you do ?  

Environmental management. I started with technological forecasting issues much influenced by great Erich Jantsch’s book ‘Technological Forecasting in Perspective’ (OECD, 1967). I enjoy to be associated with the Millennium Project and it helps me to deal with environmental management issues.

One sentence to present The Millennium Project, in order to attract more volunteers, what would you say ?

It deals with the state of the future (foresight, etc.) that should be of interest to everybody
  
According to The Millennium Project, how do you think it changes the world ? Mentally or practice… ?

It reminds me of the book ‘Limits to Growth’ that has changed the mentality of people and the their behavior since 1972. The same is slowly taking place to those who familiarize themselves with the Millennium Project.

What are you currently working on ? The Research ? The education ? The consulting ?

Environmental (ecosystem services) valuation, water management issues, environmental security research, consulting, teaching (cf : http://isa-ru.academia.edu/RenatPERELET)

For most of our kind, The Millennium Project seems far away from our lives, so could you please explain us that in general how long it takes for a project from the preparation to the realization ?

For the The Millennium Project it is several decades which reminds me of three stages of many new theories : first, everybody is apprehended and criticizes a new theory ; secondly, people think there is something right in it, and thirdly, when the theory is spread far and wide, people say : “So what, it is elementary’. For example, the notion of sustainable development started in the late 1970s, a working title of the Rio Conference (1982) was a conference on sustainable development but the majority of states (mostly developing countries and even some developed ones) did not accept it. It is only in 2002, the conference in Johannesburg got ‘sustainable development’ in its title ! Let’s see what will happen with the notion of ‘Green Economy’. 

How many team members in one project /one research ? Is everyone working for The Millennium Project as full time job ?

If the answer is NO, how do you work to finally achieve the goal ? It depends. It may have 5 to 7 researches (on average) to make a team, or 5 to 7 organizations.
 
All these years working with The Millennium Project, are there any remarkable changes to the world that you have witnessed ? Could you please give an example ? A story maybe ?
 
The Millennium Project has selected 15 directions in the world’s development. For example, there are debates about international water-related conflicts. Is water really a sole bone of contention or not ? It is still debated but the trend includes water firmly in the conflict taxonomy.