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Future Students ezine on the future-November 2007

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College! (IF @ AACC), November 2007, volume 3, issue 10....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

A robot with a sense of humor??? Sounds strange, but a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati is working on developing a "bot" to recognize jokes. Read more about this artificial intelligence project and the strides being make in the field of artificial intelligence.

The old saying, "you are what you eat" could never be truer as more and more stores are selling organic food. See what the Natural Resources Defense Council has to say about the definition of organic foods and also the benefits.   

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

What are the trends for the future? Take a look at what the Trends Research Institute has forecast. You may also review a forecast of trends in the November-December issue of The Futurist magazine paublished by the World Future Society. See their Web site and become a member.

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 feel free to join us. These events are free and open to the public. 

""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.