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futureportal… an ezine on the future - december 2005

Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of The Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College. December 2005, volume 1, issue 10
News & Previews from the World Future Society
December 2005 (Volume 6, Number 12)
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Please feel free to share this issue and archived issues with your colleagues. Get a start with "The Art of Foresight" (Posted here with permission of our Partner
World Future Society)

on the horizon- upcoming events

"Brown Bag" Schedule for Spring 2006

February '06
2/6  1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Cade 207 IF Brownbag: "Will There Still Be Males and Females?  The Future of Gender Roles" by Shirley Parry, Director, Anne Arundel Community College Women's Institute. Free but you must rsvp.

March '06
3/6 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Cade 207 IF Brownbag: “A Senior Manifesto- Society’s Basic Provisions for Older Workers: A future view” by Richard Seabrook, Professor, Computer Science,  Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp .

April '06
4/3 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Cade 207 IF Brownbag: “Does History Repeat Itself and Other Myths about the Future." Dr. Elizabeth Kessel, Professor, History,  Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.

IF @ AACC Brown bag sessions are free, but you must rsvp.

Credit course on the Future: Spring 2006
Focus on the Future is a three-credit college course on the future. You may register for SOC284 Focus on the Future through normal college enrollment procedures. This course is constantly updated, but you can view the current course syllabus

Some conferences and futures sessions  of note:
WorldFuture 2006: Creating Global Strategies for Humanity's Future
July 28-30, 2006 
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Professional Members' Forum: July 31, 2006

Anytime: "Does your organization need a speaker on the future?"  See the
Institute's futures' speaker list.

See upcoming activity sponsored by our partner, the World Future Society, a global leader in the study of the future at

See the National Capital Region, World Future Society

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  • Applied Foresight

Continued Bird Flu View... What can YOU do? Follow the updates from  the Center for Disease Control (USA) and the  World Health Organization say about bird flu?  Thinking locally, acting locally, hence, globally: Pandemics, flu and avian (bird) flu... clearly global and local concerns.  See some of the steps each of us can take to impact the future and to prevent flu as provided by one local health department. 

Careers are futures? Absolutely.  Mapping-Your-Future  provides middle school learner through adult learners can find valuable tips for applying foresight in career building on this useful website.

Educators - Want to add the future to your course?  Kindergarten through graduate school teachers and professors are adding a view of the future to their courses.  If this is you, stop by our teacher feature at IF @ AACC. This month's highlight is a complete learning module that features the first chapter of Ed Cornish's future's text Futuring (downloadable as a pdf file for student reading) and a set of Power Point slides that support the chapter for educator use!

  • Futures thinking

Running on empty? "... five emerging technologies--from buoys that harness the power of waves to bacteria that extract electricity from wastewater" provide foresight for new fuel futures. 

The End of the IT department as we know it? If John Mahoney, chief of research at IT sector advisory group Gartner "A new organisation type is emerging."  What's happening? See "Dateline 2011."

Robots and other "bots"... they're not for science fiction anymore..."in Japan and the United States, engineers are finally putting some practical exoskeletons through their paces outside of laboratories."

Space? What is the "The Potential Importance of Passenger Space Travel Services"or the "Spaceport Business - Potential Markets Through 2020.  See Space Future archives.

What can art say about the future? What do"images of China like those currently on display in an exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert museum" mean about China now and the future?  "Images from a country in transition.." may give some insight and foresight.

Looking for the future across countries? The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has organized lists of futures groups by member country.  Whether you're looking for Socioforesight (Belgium) or  the Korea Development Institute (in Korean and English) you can expand your futures view!

Other organizations thinking about the future?  World Futures Studies Federation -- an organization of some 300 individuals and 20 institutions around the world whose mission is to promote futures education and research. The WFSF is a global network of practicing futurists -- researchers, teachers, scholars, policy analysts, activists and others from over 60 countries -- established in 1967.





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