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futureportal… an ezine on the future - october 2006

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College, October 2006, volume 2, issue 9.

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

Inside this issue (scroll down) -

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

Reveiw past issues and make a contribution to the WFS Education/Learning  

Do we want to live with "sprawl mall" or is there an alternative?  Some groups are suggesting to use futures tools to shape a more desirable future for their communities.  Check out Smart Growth.

  • futures thinking...looking ahead 

"The world is flat", according to author, Thomas Friedman.  Learn how today's businesses are using that information to develop and sustain their competitive advantage in the marketplace. Take a look at what business owners are referring to as  Business Intelligence

With the ongoing scare about E-coli contaminated spinach, it may be time to seriously think about the future implications of our industrial food system. Some discussion is on the Sierra Club Summit webpage.

  • on the horizon ... local, regional and global events

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.

February '07
2/5 Monday, 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag:  "Therapeutic Options for the Future",  by Matthew Yeazel, Assistant  Professor, Psychology, 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 Website.