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futureportal… an ezine on the future - April 2007

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College, April  2007, volume 3, issue 4...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
  • Interested in a course on the future for credit?
    Check our Exploring the Future (FTR 100) class listing. Summer term registration is now open. Also, you can register for our non-credit futures modules. These online modules may be taken alone or in combination. Click here for more information or to register.

 Inside this issue (scroll down)

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

Are you prepared for an emergency? The New York City Office of Emergency Management has prepared a guide for citizens. (While some information is specific to NYC, it has a wealth of general information also.)

Global water resource management seeks to prevent a “water crisis” as burgeoning populations stress the freshwater supplies. Such organizations as the World Water Council and the United Nations seek solutions for the associated problems for health, agriculture, the environment, and geopolitical tensions.

  • futures thinking... looking ahead

Earth Day is April 22...According to the Environmental Protection Agency web page, the average American generates 4.6 pounds of solid waste per day – much of which ends up in a landfill. As existing landfills approach capacity, siting new landfills requires negotiating geologic restrictions, government regulations, and the sentiments of local citizens (NIMBY – not in my back yard). Alternatives to traditional landfills are increasingly important, such as bioreactors, as well as the EPA recommendations of Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle.

What type of media will we be using in the future?  The way we communicate both individually and collectively has changed drastically in the last five years. Where will we be 5 to 10 years from now?  Take a look at the Future of  Media Report of 2006 produced by the Future Exploration Network.

Be sure to read  the most recent issue of Futuretakes.  This is a futures newsletter published by the WFS National Capital Region's advisory board.

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

April '07
Apr 9, Monday, 1-1:50 p.m. AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag: "The Future of Leadership" by Shad Ewart, Director of Business Programs, Anne Arundel Community College.

Does your organization need a speaker on the future?
See the Institute's Futures Speakers List.

Plan for 2007
Attend the World Future Conference, "Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century", in Minneapolis, MN from July 29-31, 2007. Register for the conference at the WFS Conference site

Interested in something not so local, but not so far?
Visit the WFS National Capital Region's Web site.

Attention all Futureportal readers
Help us improve the Institute for the Future @AACC by contributing to our planning survey. Your input before April 6, 2007 will be greatly appreciated.  Please know that your responses become the property of IF @ AACC. Thanks!

The more clearly we focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” Rachel Carson