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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, November 2008

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), November 2008, volume 4, issue 10...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

Future space exploration projects of the U.S. include a long term human presence on the moon. The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Web page links to current and future projects.

  • applied foresight...using the perspective

Social entrepreneurs use innovative principals to address social problems and to create more humane futures. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, headquartered in Switzerland, advances this work.

Graduate students in the Futures Studies Program at the University of Houston are studying seven key issues affecting the long-term future of the U.S. Using a time horizon of 2028, they have developed a website which features information about these issues. The site promotes scholarly investigation and facilitates public discussion.

The Acceleration Studies Foundation is a nonprofit organization which promotes the development of enhanced foresight methodologies. Its website offers a wealth of opportunities to network with futurists' discussions.

  • on the horizon...learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

The Brown-Bag Lunch Seminar Series sponsored by IF @ AACC continues in November with "Obstacles to Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning" by Timothy Mack, President of the World Future Society. The seminar will be Monday, November 10, 1 - 1:50 PM in CADE 219, AACC, Arnold, MD (map). This event is free and open to the public.

You can register for noncredit futures modules for professional development or personal enrichment. These online modules may be taken alone or in combination. These modules are suitable for employers or educators looking for some background information in order to introduce their employees or students to futuring.

Registration is now open for the 2009 WorldFuture Conference "Innovation & Creativity in a Complex World". The conference will be in Chicago, Illinois from July 17-19.

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