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Futureportal…an ezine on the future, July/August 2009

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), July and August 2009, volume 5, issue 7...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

Redesigning cities for a better future is known as "city foresight." Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) is a non-profit organization involved in designing environmentally sustainable urban communities.

Greenwashing refers to misleading claims about the environmental implications relating to a consumer product or the practices of a company. Terrachoice, a science-based marketing firm, maintains a list of the so-called Seven Sins of Greenwashing.

  • 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