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futureportal… an ezine on the future - november 2006

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College, November 2006, volume 2, issue 10.

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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 ... events local, regional and global
  • applied foresight ... using the perspective

    Good advance information is key to preventing a pandemic. See how the experts could use a tool called "prediction markets" to forecast infectious disease outbreaks. Review an article from the October issue of  Microbe Magazine.

    Review past issues of "Learning Tomorrow" and send your thoughts or suggestions to the World Future Society website: WFS Education/Learning

  • futures thinking ...  looking ahead

    Recent articles in periodicals are discussing the need for responsible use of nanomaterials. A September Washington Post article about the National Research Council's report detailed some potential environmental and health problems arising from nanoparticles and nanotechnology. There is an opportunity, while nanotechnology (or molecular manufacturing) is still in its infancy, to address safety and explore possible unintended consequences. The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology presents some issues and opinions...

    Interested in reviewing some top world trends? Here is a thought provoking, recently published book by James Canton, The Extreme Future: the top trends that will reshape the world for the next 5, 10, and 20 years, available in the Truxal Library at AACC. 

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

    March '07 3/5 Monday, 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag:  "Pandemics and Our Future: A Look at Bird Flu, " by Dr. Jill Loukides, Professor, Biology, 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.