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futureportal… an ezine on the future - april 2006

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College. April 2006, volume 2, issue 4 .
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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:

  • 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)

Whether you're global or local - you can register for
FTR100 Exploring the Future @ April 24, 2006.  This three-credit, general education, interdisciplinary college course gives students and other interested learners an introduction to the future through Anne Arundel Community College. Offered in the Fall term 2006 on campus for our local learners and online for global and local learners.

Noncredit Personal and Professional Development on the Future. Mix and match these modular brief noncredit online offerings to best suit your needs. Continue in April  '06. These courses will be available online  in Fall '06 also for global and local  learners.

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.

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
Here's a brief overview and definitions of some frequently used futures tools.

Many organizations study the future. This month’s example is the Centre for Futures Studies in the United Kingdom  Review some interesting futures publications.

Foresight demands creativity. 
Is innovation a "24/7" phenomenon? See Stephen Shapiro's characterization of innovation.

Are you "expecting nano-lifecycles to become the norm... for products and services," or an increase in  "specialization?" See if Jim Carroll's "10 Big Trends" match yours!

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
Is the future of nanotechnology  a "vision of self-replicating nanomachines that could devour the Earth in a "grey goo"... See the Physics Web's view on nanotechnology.  If physics' emerging present and short-term future are of interest to you see http://physicsweb.org/bestof/  the “best of Physics Web.”

Solar townships? …. When will they be viable …  Malaysia may have an example.

You might want to get in line for your space tourism tickets… if you win the lottery…

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 , March and April  '06!