futures thinking ... looking ahead
Using microfinance to eradicate poverty and to build a sustainable future is explained by the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, in his book Banker to the Poor: Microlending and the Battle Against World Poverty. Read an overview of his unconventional approach to lending, and watch a compelling 4 minute video of his work.
Gene splicing to produce genetically modified foodstuffs continues to be controversial. An alternative strategy to produce desirable genetic modifications is genetic marker-assisted selection (MAS). With MAS breeding, genes remain within a species, reducing unforeseen risks. MAS can be applied to both plant and animal breeding. Here's a quick 'primer' on MAS. on the horizon ... events local, regional and global
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.
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 of Biology, Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.
4/9 Monday, 1-1:0 pm AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag: "The Future of Leadership" by Shad Ewart, Director of Business Programs, Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.
Does your organization need a speaker on the future? See the Institute's Futures Speakers List.
Plan for 2007 - Attend the World Future Conference, "Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century", in Minneapolis, MN 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.