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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, October 2012

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), October 2012, volume 8, issue 9...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

Food security refers to not only the availability of food, but also the ability to purchase food. As the pressures for land, water and other resources needed to grow food increase, there may be unforeseen geopolitical consequences, as described in this UNESCO document and at this Earth Policy Institute website. This U.S. Department of State website describes initiatives to "feed the future". 

futures thinking... looking ahead

The Mars Curiosity Rover will be studying Martian soil as described on this NASA website. Additionally, the site features videos describing the Mars exploration as well as other projects.  As we look to the future of space exploration, we remember heroes who led the way.  Here is a memorial tribute to the lives and ideals of Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride by one of our colleagues.

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

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

"Ocean Acidification: Causes and Consequences"
by Dr. Paul Bushmann
Professor of Biology, AACC
Thursday, October 11, 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 opens in November  for the Spring 2013 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.