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Future Students ezine on the future - October 2007

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), October 2007, volume 3, issue 9... We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.

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

Inside this issue  -

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

What is Generation Next? If you are 18 - 25 years of age, you are in this demographic category. Find out how this group views their lives, futures, and politics at this Pew Research Center website. Demographics play a key role in futuring and determining what the future will be like.

Urban Planning for a sustainable future is conducted by CISRO, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation. This Australian research institute has evaluated futures scenarios for cities using models integrating the parameters of land use, transportation emissions, and airshed.

  • futures thinking........looking ahead 

 Did you know that the U.S. generates over 21% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions -- followed by China with 17%, Russia with 6%, and India with 4%? Carbon dioxide is the biggest culprit contributing to greenhouse gases. The Low Impact Living website has some strategies for us individually to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. 

Speaking of the about hybrid vehicles?  Here's some information from "How Stuff Works" about how they work and their benefits. 

Update on WFS Futures Learning Section: With the support of the World Future Society and guidance from interested WFS members, the Futures Learning Section has made progress in establishing several functional networks of learning professionals as well as resources for futures learning.  You can become a member of this group by following the directions at the bottom of this ezine to register for the group's list serve.

  • on the local, regional and global

Fall is here once again and so is the Brown Bag Series sponsored by IF @ AACC. Please join us - these events are free and open to the public. 
"Emerging Futures in Four Asian Nations: Critical Challenges for America" by  Dr. Arthur Shostak, Futurist and Professor Emeritus, Drexel University.
Monday, October 8, 2007,  1-1:50 p.m.,  AACC, Arnold, Maryland, CALT 100.  

"The Campus of the Future" by Susan Jurow, Senior VP, National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Monday, November 12, 2007, 1-1:50 p.m., AACC, Arnold, Maryland, CALT 100.  This seminar is a must for anyone in higher education.

Additional Educational Opportunities:
IF @ AACC offers noncredit futures modules. These are short online courses for anyone interested in an introduction to futuring, but without the time to devote to an entire semester. These modules are great for employers or educators looking for some background information in order to introduce their employees or students to futuring.

Here's how to join the FuturesLearning Listserv ...

Thanks to Peter Bishop, Futures Studies, University of Houston,  the list, FuturesLearning, has been created through the University of Houston. This list is open to all interested parties, meaning, anyone may add/delete themselves to/from the list.
LISTSERV subscription requests need to be sent to the LISTSERV address rather than to the list itself.  You do this by sending mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UH.EDU with the command

   sub FuturesLearning Your Name

as the body of the message. Because LISTSERV verifies mailing paths for new subscribers, it is preferred that users subscribe themselves by the method outlined above. If you are unfamiliar with LISTSERV and its associated commands, you may want to add the commands


as additional lines of your message. LISTSERV will then send you a file containing a General Introduction to Revised LISTSERV that will give you some instruction on the service and a Quick Reference Card of the various commands.