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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, September 2009

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), September 2009, volume 5, issue 8...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

The Encyclopedia of Earth, a web-based “Wikipedia” reviewed by experts, provides a host of information about environmental issues. Topics include atmospheric science, environmental chemistry, renewable energy, agriculture, and many more.

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 /future/callforarticles.cfm

  • applied foresight... using the perspective

According to the World Health Organization, a pandemic of Novel H1N1 virus is underway. Formerly called Swine Flu, the Centers for Disease Control site explains the genetic differences between this virus and the historic swine flu virus. Strategies for prevention are also given.  

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

The Brown-Bag Lunch Series sponsored by IF @ AACC for September:
"Looking to the Future - Anne Arundel County & Anne Arundel Community College"
By Dr. Martha Smith, President of  AACC
Mr. Bob Burdon, President of the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Patricia Barland, Senior Planner for Anne Arundel County
Thursday, September 24
1-1:50 p.m. 
CADE 219
AACC, Arnold, MD (map)
This event is free and open to the public. 

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 over, but Spring Term registration will be available in November for both the online and traditional face-to-face classes.

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