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futureportal… an ezine on the future - february 2006

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College. February 2006, volume 2, issue 2 .
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Get a jump on the future with "The Art of Foresight" produced by our partner the World Future Society.

Inside this issue (scroll down) -

  • on the horizon ... events local, regional and global
  • applied foresight ... using the perspective
  • futures thinking ...  looking ahead

On the horizon- upcoming events (near AACC, Maryland)

February '06
Noncredit Personal and Professional Development on the Future. Mix and match these modular brief noncredit offerings to best suit your needs. Start in February '06.
 
2/6  1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, Cade 207 IF Brownbag: "Will There Still Be Males and Females?  The Future of Gender Roles" by Shirley Parry, Director, Anne Arundel Community College Women's Institute. Free but you must rsvp.

March '06
Noncredit Personal and Professional Development on the Future. Mix and match these modular brief noncredit offerings to best suit your needs. Continue in March '06.

3/6 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, Cade 207  “A Senior Manifesto- Society’s Basic Provisions for Older Workers: A future view” by Richard Seabrook, Professor, Computer Science,  Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.

April '06
4/3 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, Cade 207  IF Brownbag: “Does History Repeat Itself and Other Myths about the Future." Dr. Elizabeth Kessel, Professor, History,  Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.

IF @ AACC Brown bag sessions are free, but you must rsvp.

Anytime: "Does your organization need a speaker on the future?"  See the
Institute's futures' speaker list.

On the horizon- upcoming events (regional and global)

WorldFuture 2006: Creating Global Strategies for Humanity's Future
July 28-30, 2006, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Professional Members' Forum: July 31, 2006

See upcoming activity sponsored by our partner, the World Future Society, a global leader in the study of the future at  http://www.wfs.org/

See the National Capital Region, World Future Society at http://www.natcapwfs.org/events.html 

Applied foresight ... using the perspective

Creativity, it's tied to futuring.  Foresight, futuring and creativity have a solid relationship. Which type of innovator  are you?  See Wired’s overview of Tom Kelley’s Ten Faces of Innovation to find out!

Looking for answers to questions on teaching and learning about the future on the IF @ AACC website. Find futures fast with our Practical Guide to the Future!

Continued Bird Flu View... We're still watching. Follow the updates from  the Center for Disease Control (USA) and the  World Health Organization say about bird flu?  Thinking locally, acting locally, hence, globally: Pandemics, flu and avian (bird) flu... clearly global and local concerns.  See some of the steps each of us can take to impact the future and to prevent flu as provided by one local health department. 

Futures thinking ...  looking ahead

Limits to Growth?  In 1972 the Club of Rome released the Limits to Growth.  This work had a profound impact on thinking then and now.  How accurate was it?  Stop by and review this abstract of this interesting "oldie, but goodie."

Where in the world is the Web going?!  See Elon University and the Pew Foundation's Imagining the the internet, Prediction Database  You can even submit your own predictions!  By the way, what is the "Web" anyway?  Here's one explanation.

Googling over Google? If you're wondering what might be the future of Google, see this interesting presentation of four scenarios.  An interesting use of scenario building, too!

What impact might human migration have?  See this NATO report on some possible outcomes.   Food for thought.

Kids and the Future?  See a set of futures Web sites for kids gathered by an IF @ AACC team.

Reminder: Noncredit Personal and Professional Development on the Future. Mix and match these modular brief noncredit offerings to best suit your needs. Start in February '06.