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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, June 2013

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), June 2013, volume 9, issue 6...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

There are a number of so-called disruptive innovations in the educational landscape today, such as MOOCS (massive open online courses). This is a short video of a presentation about these innovations and their trajectories from the 2012 World Future Society Conference.

futures thinking... looking ahead

Converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuels and other useful carbon compounds in a cost effective way is looking more promising. Key to this is developing a way which produces more fuel than is expended to accomplish the process. A research group at the University of Georgia has successfully done this on a small scale, using a microorganism to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas into fuels and other carbon compounds. Meanwhile, a research group at Princeton University has used carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to make methanol and other useful carbon compounds.

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 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.