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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, February 2010

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), February 2010, volume 6, issue 2...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

Social networking may become key in critical problem solving for some situations. Recently the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) challenged participants to find 10 red balloons at undisclosed locations across the United States. The purpose of the challenge was to explore the role of social networking to solve time-critical, wide-scoped problems. The challenge was won by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology team in less than nine hours after the launch! More information is on the DARPA Network Challenge website.

  • applied foresight... using the perspective

An Urban Design Center is a place (real or virtual) where individuals' ideas can make a difference in sustainable living by planning desirable changes. Baltimore, Maryland is actively creating such a center.

Is joining the Futures Interested Group (FIG) for you? FIG at AACC promotes futuring and foresight activities for students and learners of all kinds. FIG is a student club that offers two types of membership: (1) Regular Members for registered students at AACC and (2) Associate Members for anyone else who wants to participate. Interested? Here's how to join.  

  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

The Brown Bag Lunch Series sponsored by IF @ AACC for February:

"Convergence of Social Networking, Gaming and Virtual Reality"
by John Coale
Associate Professor, American Military University
Defense Analyst, USG
Monday, February 8 
1-1:50 p.m. 
Careers Bldg, Room 129
AACC, Arnold, MD (map)
This event is free and open to the public. 

Interested in a course on the future for college credit?
Check our Exploring the Future (FTR 100) class listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement. Spring Term registration is now over, but Summer Term registration will be available in April for both the online and traditional face-to-face classes.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2010 Conference "Sustainable Futures, Strategies, and Technologies", which will be July 8 - 10 in Boston, Massachusetts. This is the annual conference of the World Future Society.

Produced by our partner the World Future Society