The Project Management Institute recognizes projects that are reinventing our future with the release of 2021’s Most Influential Project Lists
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Project Management Institute (PMI) today announced the 50 Most Influential Projects of the Last 12 Months on its third annual Most Influential Projects List. The list, which debuted in 2019 in honor of PMI’s 50e anniversary, highlights exciting projects around the world and in all sectors that have achieved important milestones and have had an impact on our society.
Projects are the primary way to turn ideas into reality, and an idea is only an idea until we make it real through a project. The 2021 Most influential projects list shows how project managers and change makers have found ingenious ways to bring projects to life amid global disruptions, including the continuing pandemic.
âAs a special purpose organization, PMI is dedicated to supporting and uplifting those who enable change in the world,â said Michael DePrisco, COO of the Project Management Institute. âOur 2021 Most Influential Projects list proves how creativity, collaboration, discipline and determination can turn the boldest ideas into reality and change the world we live in, even during the most difficult times. ”
The main list of the 50 most influential projects includes innovation in transport, renewable energy, architecture, technology, etc. Some of the top-ranked projects include mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the Crew-1 mission. In addition, PMI published 30 lists honoring the 10 most influential projects in various regions and industries. In total, the lists include over 250 groundbreaking efforts across a wide range of industries.
Members of the project management community, including experts, volunteers, academics and industry leaders from around the world, provided feedback and nominations for this year’s list. The pool of candidate projects, which numbered in the thousands, was then validated by a PMIÂ® enlightened management team. The final list represents the vision of PMI’s projects, and the project professionals and the change makers behind them represent the creative spirit that shapes the way the world collectively reinvents a new future, makes ideas and dreams come true, and through therefore, change the world.
The winners include important triumphs such as creating a framework for the sustainability of the global ocean economy; give a new dimension to commercial space flights; and accelerate the long-simmering transition to more flexible working arrangements; in addition to very hard-hitting but lesser-known victories such as the Mumbai Metro and the Museum of the Future. The highest-ranked project on the Top 50 list is the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines created in less than a year by the companies Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech.
For a full list of projects and industry and region specific âTop 10â lists, visit pmi.org/most-influential-projects-2021. The list is also featured in a special edition of PMI’s award-winning publication PM NetworkÂ® magazine.
The 50 most influential projects *
- COVID-19 mRNA vaccines – For accelerated coronavirus vaccines
- The great experience of the WFH – To accelerate the long-simmering transition to more flexible working arrangements
- Give it 100% – To create a framework to sustain the global ocean economy
- COVAX – For acting as a global conscience on global vaccine equity
- Sand dollar – To establish the first government-backed digital currency
- Olympic Winter Games 2022 – To go green
- Riyadh Metro – For bringing the power of public transport to Saudi Arabia’s largest city
- When you see yourself NFT – To bring non-fungible tokens into the mainstream music
- Energy Island – To revolutionize renewable energies, once again
- Mission Crew-1 – To give a new dimension to commercial space flights
- Regenerate Australia – To protect an emblematic ecosystem with a sustainable climate plan
- Perlmutter – To map the universe at high speed â and this is just for beginners
- Bombay Metro – To dig deep to make transportation safer in one of the most populous cities in the world
- Atala Prism – To use blockchain to improve educational outcomes and lead to positive socio-economic change
- Andes Renovables – To build a sustainable energy source and boost the local economy
- Shield of Troy – To outwit some of the world’s most sophisticated criminals with a simple app
- Mineral – To cultivate next-generation technology to feed the world
- Reconstruction of the Al-Nouri Mosque Complex – For using architecture to help rebuild a community emotionally and economically
- Tiangong Space Station – To build a space station of the future
- Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic plant – For helping the UAE diversify its energy and economy
- Clubhouse – To no longer follow leaders in the social media space
- Expo 2020 Dubai – To work around COVID-19 to make a mega-event even bigger
- Perseverance – To return to Mars – helicopter in tow
- Floating city of the Maldives – Boldly for a more resilient future for coastal cities
- Bridgerton Costume Design – To equip a global pop culture phenomenon
- Propulsion center – To challenge systemic racism by fueling new generation thinking in black universities
- Burberry Social Retail Store – To create a state-of-the-art retail space with social currency
- Commercial alliance to develop climate solutions – To give large companies their own climate collective
- National wildlife census – For generating real data to save Kenya’s animals and its tourism sector
- Voyager Station – To bring space tourism closer to reality with an extraordinary luxury hotel in low earth orbit
- Earth Project – To reinvent retail through sustainable shopping
- Microsoft games accessibility test – To take inclusion in video games to the next level
- Without waste – To help supermarkets waste less while getting shoppers a bargain
- Tulsa Race Massacre Excavation – For helping to shut down a community rocked by racial violence
- PlayStation 5 – To literally change the game
- Multi-node quantum network – To take another step towards a non-hackable Internet
- Rewilding of the Galapagos Islands – To restore fragile ecosystems while developing sustainable economies
- Day light – To listen to LGBTQ + customers, then offer a banking experience tailored to their needs
- Warm heart – For pioneering an AI-powered renewable energy solution that also serves as an urban playground
- Edo West African Art Museum – To create a space for the home of long-scattered artifacts
- Opening – To take supersonic flight to new heights
- Atal Tunnel – To move mountains to improve transport in the Himalayas
- Aeson – To bridge the gap between heart failure and a transplant
- Wufengshan Bridge – To combine high-speed rail transport and road transport
- Museum of the Future – For incorporating its forward-looking focus into its next-generation design and build
- Pandora Brilliance – For bringing laboratory-created diamonds to the general public
- Airlander 10 – For promising premium air travelers, a smoother and more environmentally friendly upgrade
- Thinking Hut v1.0 – For trying to end educational inequalities with a school that can be built in less than a week
- Tokyo Toilet Project – To give public toilets a much needed makeover
- Design of Operation Hijab – To create a hijab that improves performance at work and stimulates inclusion
Consult the lists of the 10 most influential projects by region
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