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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, April 2012

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

Microfinance provides impoverished people access to an array of banking services. Perhaps most importantly, it provides access to small loans in order to establish businesses. Muhammad Yunus, an economist and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has been a leading proponent of microfinance.  The Microplace website features information about the history of microfinance, ongoing discussions about its effectiveness, and ways to invest in a project. The Microfinance Gateway website is an interactive resource for people to learn , share ideas, and improve access to financial resources.

  • futures thinking... looking ahead

Climate justice links the ideals of global social justice with the serious agricultural and other problems caused by ongoing climate change. The impacts of global warming and its associated climate change are particularly serious for impoverished or indigenous people living in low lying areas, high altitude areas, or circumpolar regions. The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice provides a forum to develop sustainable policies globally. The website of the Climate Change, Agricultural and Food Security Research Program (Denmark) provides a wealth of information on research and programs, and features a 6 minute film entitled "How to Feed the World in 2050". This National Wildlife Federation site gives additional information about stresses induced by climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN website addresses ways to minimize the negative impacts of climate change and offers a free online course (or CD-ROM) about it. This master's thesis from Humboldt State University examines the interrelations of social issues.

  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global
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 is open for the Summer and Fall 2012 terms.

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 for 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.