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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, Summer 2012

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), Summer 2012, volume 8, 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

applied foresight... using the perspective

The Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis of Indiana University is a research institute which studies the workings of human institutions for the betterment of humankind. A special focus studies small group behavior in the process of working for the mutual self interest of its members.The workshop has recently been renamed to include the name of its founders, the Ostroms. They were former IU professors, and Elinor Ostrom received a Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009.

futures thinking... looking ahead

Understanding the implications of climate change is an interdisciplinary endeavor. This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website provides information about the underlying science, impacts and adaptions, making a difference, and current research. In 2010 EPA produced a report, Climate Change Indicators in the U.S., which presents 24 key indicators of climate change. This United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) website provides information about global climate change issues.

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

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 Fall 2012 term.

Create the future... today at the international futures ezine, Futuretakes blog. 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.