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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, July-August 2013

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), July & August 2013, volume 9, issue 7...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

futures thinking ... looking ahead

Increasingly, water scarcity is becoming a compelling issue globally. With this scarcity, access to fresh water and water security are recognized as major components of international stability. This World Health Organization site lists 10 important facts about water scarcity. This University of Michigan site gives a thorough description of the big picture – from the allocation of global water supplies, consumptive and non-consumptive uses, and solutions for water sustainability and security. Recently, the UN World Water Assessment Programme has announced its  4th edition of the "Water for Life" UN Water Best Practices Award. There are two categories, on is “best water management practices” and the other is “best participatory communication, awareness-raising and education practices”. The deadline for submission is September 15, 2013.

applied foresight ... using the perspective

Establishing the fundamental rights of workers is pursued by the United Nations through several programs. In the light of recent tragedies involving factory workers, these efforts take on a new urgency. This site of the Southern Law Poverty Center presents educational material for school children, while this site addresses issues in the garment making industry.

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 2013 term.

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.

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