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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, October 2009

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), October 2009, volume 5, issue 9...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 Partnership for Public Service seeks to develop public servants by inspiring young people, developing talent, promoting innovation, and securing support among stakeholders.

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

Stream restoration develops a healthier, more stable stream system after it has suffered some environmental degradation. This North Carolina State University site describes the strategies and some ongoing projects, and this Ohio State University site provides a map of restoration projects within the US.

Is joining the Futures Interested Group (FIG) for you? FIG is a learner group seeking to
(1) promote futuring and foresight related activities in our communities, (2) promote collaboration of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni, (3) provide easily accessible resources to support futuring and foresight. More information is at the FIG site, and you may sign-up electronically.
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

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

"Making Sense of Retirement"
by Robert Keeley, Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Investment Firm
Monday, October 12 
1-1:50 p.m. 
Careers Bldg, Room 129
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