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Futureportal...an ezine on the future - February 2008

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College! (IF @ AACC), February 2008, volume 4, issue 2....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...

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

applied foresight... using the perspective

Robots... good news and bad news. Review Marshall Brain's article "Robot Nation" (founder of How Stuff Works). Consider the interactive system that you currently engage and one view of what you might find in the future.

Communicating... wear it, roll it, face it? Whether it's the Video Bracelet or if you're planning to Rock and Scroll get ready to get in "touch" with one another in a variety of ways! What about "a 3-D scan of your face in a fraction of a second?" and have a 'virtual presence?'"

futures thinking... looking ahead

Down(?)... "up" on the farm. Vertical farming and your future. Going up for squash and down for rutabagas may be the next way to find our veggies! What are the advantages and disadvantages of farming "up?"

Keep in touch with the WFS Futures Learning Section. The Futures Learning Section is an emerging group committed to all forms of futures learning from traditional academic learning at all levels to profit and non-profit organizational futures training and beyond. Stop by the monthly newsletter that outlines education/learning workshops and sessions, even an Education Summit, at the World Future Society annual meeting in Washington, DC, July 2008. You'll find -

Education Summit for 2008 World Future Society Meeting - YES!
Sessions on Education and Learning at the WFS July 2008 Meeting
Update Futures Learning Section in the WFS

on the horizon... events local, regional and global

Educational Opportunities:

Coming in March 2008 - A three-credit combination - FTR-100 Exploring the Future + the World Future Society annual meeting July 2008 in Washington, D.C.--a summer course from Anne Arundel Community College. Want to know more? Registration begins in late March 2008. Contact us for more information.

Professional development and the future? IF @ AACC offers noncredit futures modules. These are short on line 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.