Global 2100 Research Coordinator

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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


The Global 2100 Project is seeking volunteers to conduct and guide a new study of the future of the world.

The vision of the project: to provide an opportunity for thoughtful young adults everywhere to:

  • Consider current human plans for our species’ global civilization;
  • Carefully analyze the implications of these plans for the life of a child born today;
  • Draft an alternative plan describing how young people would manage human affairs on Earth if they were now leading; and
  • Engage in an extended, global, and civil intergenerational dialogue about actions and changes young people would like their parents’ and grandparents’ generations to support now, without delay.

The Global 2100 project will be modeled after the Global 2000 Report for President Jimmy Carter, who has warmly endorsed the new global study. The original Global 2000 Report sold 1.5 million copies in nine languages and had an impact on thinking worldwide. The Global 2100 Study will be prepared by a team of thoughtful young adults supported by respected mentors from many disciplines. The Study will address matters of the global economy, resources, population and environment over the lifetime of a child born today. The Study will report on the worlds young adults would manage human affairs on Earth if they were in charge right now.

The Global 2100 Project is being organized by Our Task, a 100% voluntary, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to environmental awareness and accountability and dedicated to informing young adults about what is happening to Earth. It was founded in 2006 and is based in Arlington, VA, USA. Our Task’s Mission is to transform young adults into global thinkers and empower them to lead the next generation in building a sustainable future. Dr. Gerald O. Barney, who directed the original Global 2000 Study and founded Our Task, will contribute to and support the Global 2100 Study. A Wide range of other organizations is being invited to be collaborators on the Project.

The Global 2100 Project needs a wide range of both young adult volunteers to conduct the project and professional volunteers to serve as mentors and coaches.

The Research Coordinator position could be an exciting and challenging role for someone who has or wants to have a solid understanding of the most respected global data and projections available today, and who wants to make a difference in the world.

Job description:

We are looking for someone who has the skills, creativity, and energy to develop and lead the research for the overall Global 2100 Project.


Recruit, supervise, and support a team of young adult researchers to undertake the following tasks:

  • Synthesize global outlook studies on global issues into a comprehensive picture of the future of Earth under the "Plan A" (the business-as-usual scenario) and other alternative scenarios;
  • Start with the "Plan Bs" identified by Our Task;
  • Summarize the changes called for in each Plan B;
  • Using web-based survey tools, engage young adults in assessing and prioritizing the recommendations in each proposed Plan B;
  • Create a "Youth Plan B" describing how thoughtful young adults would lead the world if they were now in charge.
  • Be the liaison point between young adult researchers and adult mentors
  • Act as one of the public "faces" of the project.

Skills required:

  • Experience of leading a research project on global issues;
  • An degree in one or more fields related to the project;
  • Deep knowledge of the issues of the global economy, resources, population and environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with socially and culturally diverse audiences and stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting, motivating and managing a team of volunteers;
  • Demonstrated experience with conducting interdisciplinary research across the disciplines of economics, environmental science, development, politics, security, and sustainability;
  • Able and willing to allow the values and priorities of young adults shape the project;
  • Connections with think tanks and other potential collaborating organizations is highly preferred.

What will you have achieved by the end of this assignment:

  • A deep understanding of global outlook reports;
  • A deep understanding of human’s plans for the future of Earth, including Plan A (business as usual) and alternative Plan Bs;
  • Contacts in a wide range of organizations;
  • Hands-on experience for your resume;
  • A letter of recommendation on request;
  • Name on Global 2100 report;
  • Experience speaking about global issues (being a 'face of project’).


Ideally we would like to have someone who can commit for at least ten hours per week for six months or longer.

This agreement is not intended to be a legally binding contract.


  • Research
  • Technical Writing
  • Program Management

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Ideally, 10 hours per weekfor at least 6 months
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