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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, May 2013

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), May 2013, volume 9, issue 5...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

The future of public service looks brighter than ever thanks to the work of The Mission Continues. This organization provides public service opportunities for post-9/11 veterans through six month long fellowships, awarded on the local level. Building on the service skills these veterans have already demonstrated, the fellows serve with a community service non-profit organization which addresses environmental, social or educational issues. While serving the community in this way the fellows are also connecting with opportunities for full-time employment and an ongoing role in public service.

futures thinking... looking ahead

"DeExtinction" - or, undoing extinction - is an exciting idea posed by serious scientists to recover DNA from animal remains and fossils and revive extinct species. Though seen by some as a problem of ethics or ecology, support and scientific investigation has continued to grow. Dominic Basulto of The Washington Post calls it "the mind-blowing idea of the year." Public awareness took off with a feature in National Geographic magazine. The idea caught the attention of the Long Now Foundation, which sponsored the TEDxDeExtinction event on March 15th, 2013.  A very good resource to get you started is our contributing editor's YouTube playlist on DeExtinction, composed just for the FuturePortal.

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

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 both the Summer 2013 term and the Fall 2013term.

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.

The Brown Bag Seminar Series sponsored by IF @ AACC will resume in September.

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.