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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, September 2012

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), September 2012, volume 8, issue 8...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Inside this issue...

  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • futures thinking... looking ahead
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

applied foresight... using the perspective

With world-wide demand increasing for diminishing fresh water supplies, global water security has become a major concern. The Global Water Security Intelligence Community Assessment of February 2012 predicts that water problems, such as shortages and poor water quality, will risk political instability, exacerbate regional tensions, and threaten global markets during the next 10 years. The US Water Partnership is a public-private partnership seeking to channel expertise and resources to remediate water supply problems. The World Water Council is an international, French not-for-profit association which promotes the wise management of water resources so that all people have safe water.  The World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO provides water managers and decision-makers with information and data, and has developed a set of World Water Scenarios to 2050.

futures thinking... looking ahead

Thorium-232 may one day serve as a secure nuclear fuel alternative. From mining to waste, Thorium-232 does not produce bomb material, and it is much more abundant in nature than uranium. This site of the World Nuclear Association gives details as well as the estimated world thorium resources. So far, India is the world leader in developing a commercial thorium-232 reactor, but several other countries are actively involved in research and development. Additional information about the future promise of thorium is presented in the Berkeley Energy Review, a publication project of undergraduate students of UC Berkeley whose aim is to develop a resource for collective learning about energy technology.

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

 The Brown Bag Lunch Series sponsored by IF @ AACC for September:

"The Search for Exoplanets: Is the Solar System Unique?"
by Dr. Beth Hufnagel
Professor of Astronomy, AACC
Monday, September 17, 1 - 1:50 PM
CADE Bldg. Room 219, AACC Arnold Campus

This event is free and open to the public. (map)

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 13-week and 8-week terms.

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.

The Futureportal supports the spirit of community among colleagues and the synergy of working together.