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futureportal… an ezine on the future - june 2006

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College. June 2006, volume 2, issue 6 .

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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 (scroll down) -

  • 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)

Local and global registration possible. Registration for FTR 100  Exploring the Future, a 3-credit general education, interdisciplinary college course began April 27, 2006 for the Fall 2006 term. Available online and on campus, this course is open to a local and global audience. See overview.

Education Section - World Future Society: The IF @ AACC connection.  Want to see some Emerging Ideas in Futures Education? Look at US Community College Futures? See Learning Tomorrow the developing newsletter of the World Future Society Education Section.

September '06
9/11  , Monday, 1-1:50 pm 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT 100 IF Brownbag:  "Artificial Intelligence in Emerging Trend and the Broader Future Implications..."  by Steven White, Professor, Computer Science,  Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.

October  '06
10/10  Tuesday, 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag: "Nutrition for the Future: Where Are We Headed?" Dr. Karen Israel, Biology,  Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.

November  '06
11/6  Monday, 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag:  "Extrapolating Future Issues from Predictable Trends",  by Steven T. Henick, Adjunct Professor, Business Management, Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.

"Does your organization need a speaker on the future?" See the Institute's futures' speaker list.

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

See the National Capital Region, World Future Society at 

Reminder - New Director at IF @ AACC. Professor Lawrie Gardner will lead the Institute for the Future @ AACC effective June 16, 2006. A solid member of the IF Advisory team and steadfast contributor to IF's development, Lawrie will lead IF's growth. Current director, Steve Steele, will use a sabbatical leave to make presentations on the IF model.  If you're interested in a presentation by Steve, contact him!

Applied foresight ... using the perspective

"Foresight? What do you mean? Here's one definition form Regional Foresight Information System of the Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland.

"If we just had a laboratory on the future..." Now there is one. The Future Applications Lab at Viktoria Institute "will help shape the future of information technology."

Continued Bird Flu View... A little foresight could go a long way. Read what 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.  Also see the U.S 'road map' for potential flu disaster.

Futures thinking ...  looking ahead

"When smaller is bigger" - see what's happening at Foresight Nanotech Institute, "the leading think tank and public interest institute on nanotechnology."

"How can I 'do' foresight?" See prominent futurist Richard Slaughter's article - "Developing and Applying Strategic Foresight"... (PDF).

Many organizations study the future. See the  Australian Foresight Institute (AFI) under the Faculty of Business and Enterprise (FBE)  at Swinburne University.

Kids and the Future?  See a set of futures Web sites for kids gathered by an IF @ AACC team.