It is time to start the process to select the winner in the Utopian World Championship 2004. This will indeed be an inspiring task and yet difficult because of the high quality of the essays that have been submitted to the competition. The selection process will be held in two stages. In the first stage a reference group composed of eight people from various disciplines and nationalities, including representatives from SOC and the UWC team will select five proposals of the competing 24 to enter the second stage of the competition. This process will start this month of september and run until mid-october. Meanwhile an expert jury is assembled for the second stage of the selection process,in which four jurors will choose a winner among the five finalists together with the reference group and SOC. A juror may if she wish bring forward other proposals than the five finalists. By mid-November we hope to have elected a winner that will be announced at a prize gala. The names of the participants in the reference group and the jury will not be published until later in the process.