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Future Students ezine on the future - March 2008

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College! (IF @ AACC), March 2008, volume 4, issue 3....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

Childhood obesity is spiralling out of control in the U.S. Read what Hugh Price and Oliver Sloman, two Brookings Institute researchers offer as possible solutions to the problem.

Immigration will play a lead role in future U.S. growth and by 2050 the population in the U.S. will have grown from 296 million in 2005 to 438 million in 2050.  Passel and Cohn make several other projections about population growth and immigration in their article published by Pew Research

Veni, vidi ..Wiki? Wikis are learning tools for now and the future. Stop by the  Wetpaint Wikis in Education, "a place where educators come together to share tips about using wikis to enhance the learning experience."

futures thinking... looking ahead

According to Tarun Khanna, a Harvard business professor, entrepreneurship in China and India has lagged behind the rest of the world for most of the modern day world, but now entrepreneurial activity has awoken in these two giants and is reshaping their countries for the better. Read this most fascinating article.

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:

A Futures Studies Development Network (FSDN) is an emerging group on Mike Jackson’s Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network. According to futurist, John Smart, FSDN is "for futures students, faculty, alumni and others who want to help develop, improve, network, support, and expand futures studies courses and programs in postsecondary education (BS, MS, PhD) globally."

Futuristics in K-12 Classrooms? See noted futurist and IF @ AACC advisory team member, Art Shostak's A challenge for globalization: Teaching young learners how to scan the horizons.

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.