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Future Students ezine on the future - January 2008

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College! (IF @ AACC), January 2008, volume 4, issue 1....We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.

Get a jump on the future with "The Art of Foresight" (PDF) produced by our partner the World Future Society.

Inside this issue...

  • Welcome to New Directors at IF @ AACC, January 1, 2008.
  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • futures thinking...  looking ahead
  • on the horizon... events local, regional and global

A U.S. company, Terra Industries, Inc. is in the forefront for providing agricultural and industrial users of energy with alternative sources. Terra Industries manufactures and distributes many varieties of nitrogen-based products to the agricultural and industrial markets. See what this 'green' company is doing to preserve our environment.

The EPA has several clean energy programs that are designed to help energy consumers, state policy makers and energy providers improve their knowledge of clean energy technology. See what you can do to make a difference in the environment by participating in any one of these programs.

  •  futures thinking............looking ahead

Harry Potter and his invisibility cloak have nothing on a group of engineering students at Purdue University.  These students have taken the first steps toward developing a cloaking device to be used for military as well as other purposes. Read more about this fascinating topic.

Want to see what others are saying about future topics? Start subscribing to The Futurist magazine published by the World Future Society. See their Web site and become a member.

Update on WFS Futures Learning Section: With the support of the World Future Society and guidance from interested WFS members, the Futures Learning Section has made progress in establishing several functional networks of learning professionals as well as resources for futures learning. You can become a member of this group by following the directions at the bottom of this ezine to register for the group's list serve.

  • on the local, regional and global

Educational Opportunities:

Want to start your New Year with a bang? IF @ AACC offers noncredit futures modules. These are short online courses for anyone interested in an introduction to futuring, but without the time to devote to an entire semester. These modules are great for employers or educators looking for some background information in order to introduce their employees or students to futuring. 

How about studying the future for credit? IF @AACC offers a course on the future for three college credits. Check our Exploring the Future (FTR 100) class listing. Spring term registration is now open for both online and traditional classes.  

Here's how to join the FuturesLearning Listserv...

Thanks to Peter Bishop, Futures Studies, University of Houston, the list FuturesLearning has been created through the University of Houston. This list is open to all interested parties, meaning anyone may add/delete themselves to/from the list. LISTSERV subscription requests need to be sent to the LISTSERV address rather than to the list itself. You do this by sending mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UH.EDU with the command sub FuturesLearning Your Name as the body of the message. If you are unfamiliar with LISTSERV and its associated commands, you may want to add the commands
as additional lines of your message. LISTSERV will then send you a file containing a General Introduction to Revised LISTSERV that will give you some instruction on the service and a Quick Reference Card of various commands.