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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, February 2012

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), February 2012, volume 8, 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
  • applied foresight... using the perspective

In Germany, renewable energy is a major initiative, and Germany has received the Gigaton Award from the United Nations for its progress in increasing the use of renewable energies. Information about the economics and technologies of solar photovoltaic systems, wind energy, and much more are on this Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety website.

  • futures thinking... looking ahead

Understanding and predicting solar storms has important implications for protecting  telecommunications and  energy grids. Here is a preview of a coming NOVA television program "Secrets of the Sun" which explores this phenomenon.

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

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

"Businesss & Technology: Your Probable Tomorrows"
by John P. Sagi, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Management
Monday, February 13 
1-1:50 p.m. 
Cade Bldg, Room 219
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 /BPA /SOC /PSY 105) course listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement, and it is offered in either online or face-to-face formats. Registration for the Summer and Fall 2012 terms begins in March.

Create the future... today at the blog of the international futures ezine, Futuretakes. The blog can be a learning resource, or just a great mind-expander. Many of the questions are cross-cutting and trans-disciplinary. They are organized into categories readers' convenience.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2012 Conference, July 27-29, in Toronto, Canada. This is the annual conference of the World Future Society.

The Futureportal supports the spirit of community among colleagues and the synergy of working together.