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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, April 2009

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), April 2009, volume 5, issue 4...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

A green roof provides a green plant space on top of a human-made structure. This ‘green technology’ provides a variety of economic, environmental and aesthetic benefits. The Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Web site describes these benefits and the technology. 

Jobs for the future? This College Board site lists occupations which will have the most job openings between 2006-2016, sorted by required level of education.
  • applied foresight... using the perspective

A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using computer software to optimize the relevant variables. This grid can actually save energy and be more cost effective. The Smart Grid: an Introduction, a U.S. Department of Energy publication for non-technical readers, explains this technology and its benefits. 

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

The Brown-Bag Lunch Series sponsored by IF @ AACC for April:
"Genes and Your Diet: What's on the Menu?"
By Dr. Karen Israel, Associate Professor of Nutrition at AACC
Tuesday, April 7
1-1:50 p.m. 
CADE 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 100) class listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement. Summer Term registration is now open for the online class.

Register for noncredit futures modules
For professional development or personal enrichment, these online modules may be taken alone or in combination. These modules are suitable for employers or educators looking for some background information in order to introduce their employees or students to futuring.

2009 WorldFuture Conference "Innovation & Creativity in a Complex World"
Register now for the conference in Chicago, Illinois from July 17-19.

Get a jump on the future with "The Art of Foresight" PDF
Produced by our partner the World Future Society