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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, April 2013

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), April 2013, volume 9, issue 4...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Inside this issue...

  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • futures thinking... looking ahead
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

applied foresight... using the perspective

San Diego City College has recently joined the ranks of colleges offering a Certificate in Futures Studies.The program involves employing the methodologies of futures studies while critically thinking about the future to postulate probable and preferable futures. Additionally, SDCC offers both a Certificate and an Associate Degree in Peace Studies. According to the SDCC  website, this program emphasizes "human rights, conflict studies, peace processes and the concept of justice in relation to peace."

futures thinking... looking ahead

Fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, employs chemically treated, pressurized water to break rock formations and release embedded oil and natural gas. This recent National Geographic article considers  present and long term issues with fracking in North Dakota. The website also offers a short animation of the fracking process, and a link describing the problem of natural gas (methane) leaks.

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

The Brown Bag Seminar Series sponsored by IF @ AACC for April is in the evening:

"Is the Death of Newspapers Tomorrow's Headline?"
by Mr. Tom Marquardt
Retired Editor and Publisher, Capital-Gazette Newspapers
Tuesday, April 23, 7  PM
CADE Bldg. Room 219, AACC Arnold Campus
This event is free and open to the public. (map)

Interested in a course on the future for college credit?

Check our Exploring the Future (FTR /BPA /SOC /PSY 105) course listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement, and it is offered in either online or face-to-face formats. Registration is open  for the Summer 2013 term, and Fall 2013 registration opens April 17.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2013 Conference, "Exploring the Next Horizon". The conference will be in Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 19 - 21, 2013.

Create the future... today at the international futures ezine, Futuretakes blog. The blog can be a learning resource, or just a great mind-expander. Many of the questions are cross-cutting and trans-disciplinary. They are organized into categories for readers' convenience.

The Futureportal supports the spirit of community among colleagues and the synergy of working together.