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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, December 2013

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), December 2013, volume 9, issue 11...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 Big History Project is a free, online, interdisciplinary course. It is a journey through 13.7 billion years –  starting with the Big Bang, continuing through seven more thresholds of new complexity, and ultimately considering where things may be heading in the future. The Big History Project was initially developed by Professor David Christian at Macquarie University of Sydney, Australia. Now it is growing collaboration of many experts, and includes funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Here is the 2 minute introduction video, and the homepage also includes an option to view an 18 minute tour of history by Professor Christian.

futures thinking ... looking ahead

The Futurescape program of the Science Channel explores some interesting issues in science, medicine, and technology with a view to consequences of potential developments. The website contains archived videos of past shows. 

Coral reefs provide habitat to thousands of species of fish and other marine life, but bleaching and diseases have been devastating reefs around the world –  with implications for the future health of the oceanic ecosystems. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  maintains websites about coral reef conservation and the biology of corals. A recently published study by researchers at Oregon State University sheds light on bleaching and disease caused by pollution (rather than from increasing water temperature), and finds that damaged coral can recover when the water quality improves.

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 Spring 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.