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futureportal… an ezine on the future - september 2006

Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College. September 2006, volume 2, issue 8

Get a jump on the future with "The Art of Foresight" 
Produced by our partner the World Future Society.

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Get information on starting a local futures institute, taking credit or noncredit futures courses, or requesting on-site presentations.

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 is still available for FTR 100  Exploring the Future, a 3-credit general education, interdisciplinary college course  for the Fall 2006 term. Available online and on campus, this course is open to a local and global audience. See overview.

September '06
9/11  , Monday, 1-1:50 pm 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT 100 IF Brownbag:  "Artificial Intelligence in Education...an 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.

Plan for 2007
Attend the World Future Conference, Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century,  in Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 29-31,2007.  If you are interested in presenting please review the proposal guidelines.

Interested in something not so local, but not so far
Visit the WFS National Capital Region's Web site

  • Applied foresight......using the perspective

See the winners of the WFS 2006 Visions of the Future Art Competition.

Reveiw past issues and make a contribution to the WFS Education/Learning newsletter Learning Tomorrow. See the Spring 2006 issue which contains an article by AACC's own futures learner Lisa Elizabeth Grabowski. 

  • Futures thinking...

Many organizations study the future. The DaVinci Institute, a non-profit futurist think tank based in Colorado, is one such organizaton. According  to the Institute, "we are a community of revolutionary thinkers and innovators intent on unlocking your future, one idea, one invention, one business at a time."

Is Ethanol really the antidote to our energy woes? See what the experts have to say about its viability as an alternate energy source http://worldwatch.org/taxonomy/term/445

Nanotechnology offers the hope of precise and cost effective manufacturing, working from the atomic to the macroscopic level. In the next few issues, we will explore some exciting possible applications of this technology.  Click here for some interesting background information about nanotechnology from the How Stuff Works Web site: http://science.howstuffworks.com/nanotechnology.htm