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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, June 2009

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), June 2009, volume 5, issue 6...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
Article submissions are being accepted for a special issue of the Journal of Futures Studies, the April 2010 issue entitled "So You Want to Teach the Future?". The guest editor, Stephen F. Steele of IF @ AACC, is looking for three types of work: (1) Articles of roughly 5,000-7,000 words that provide descriptions, discussions and case studies of how to teach the future. All articles are refereed by two reviewers; (2) Anecdotal essays, around 3000 words or so, with a spotlight on teaching futures and foresight, and (3) Future GIFTS - great ideas for futures teaching. Content will be negotiated between author and editor. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2009. See details on the IF @ AACC Web page.
  • applied foresight... using the perspective

Young people are our hope for the future. Unfortunately, violence affecting youths has become a most pressing problem. This Central Connecticut State University website eloquently argues for creative approaches to solving urban youth violence. This Center for Disease Control (CDC) Web site contains an array of information, strategies, and ongoing projects. However, violence affecting young people is not just an urban phenomenon. The CDC website contains this link to a World Health OrganizationPDF which discusses the world-wide problem.

Solving ocean pollution is a critical aspect of producing healthy seafood and one of the missions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Choosing both healthy and environmentally sustainable seafood is simplified with this Environmental Defense Fund Web site.
 

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

If time for summer reading is in your future...
The IF @ AACC Web site has a list of futures books for you to consider.

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. Fall Term registration is now open for both online and traditional face-to-face classes.

2009 WorldFuture Conference "Innovation & Creativity in a Complex World"
The conference will be 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