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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, January 2011

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), January 2011, volume 7, issue 1...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

The International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) is underway. During this year, activities and events will explore the role of chemistry in promoting sustainability and improved quality of life, support international cooperation, and inspire interest to study chemistry among young people. IYC 2011 is an initiative of the United Nations  Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.  Many organizations are coordinating activities and learning opportunities. The American Chemical Society is organizing the four quarters of the year to focus in turn on  water in the environment, alternative energy, materials (including nanomaterials), and the chemistry of health.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which met from November 29 to December 10, 2010, adopted decisions which support international cooperation to achieve a low-emission future, but much work remains. The Futureportal will follow this work in the coming months.

  • applied foresight... using the perspective

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) works to promote peace internationally through numerous programs and activities. USIP goals encompass the prevention and resolution of violent international conflict, as well as facilitating post-conflict stability. Current field activities are underway in Iraq, Sudan, and elsewhere. USIP is a national institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress.

  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global
Interested in a course on the future for college credit?

Check our Exploring the Future (FTR /BPA /SOC 105) course listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement. Registration for the Spring Term is open for both online and face-to-face classes.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2011 Conference "Moving from Vision to Action", which will be July 8 - 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This is the annual conference of the World Future Society.