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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, May 2014

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), May 2014, volume 10, issue 5...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Inside this issue...

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

futures thinking ... looking ahead

Economic indicators as tools to facilitate future planning now include the GPI, the Genuine Progress Index. The GPI is designed to measure sustainable economic well-being.  In contrast to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) which measures only economic activity, the GPI also accounts for environmental degradation, resource depletion, and adverse effects to both human health and quality of life. Several U.S. States and agencies in several countries are implementing the use of the GPI indicator, including Maryland, Vermont, Canada, and others.

applied foresight ... using the perspective

Millennials, generally grouped as the people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, will probably be about 75% of the work force by 2025. Here is a short video about millennials and the workforce of the future.

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 now open for the Fall Term of 2014.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2014 Conference, "What If". The conference will be in Orlando, Florida, USA, July 11 - 13, 2014.

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