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futureportal… an ezine on the future - december 2006

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College, December 2006, volume 2, issue 11.

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

Interested in a credit course on the future? Click on the hyperlink below for course content information, then type FTR 100 in the 'search aacc' box (upper right corner of the page) for dates, times and locations. Some sections are online,  providing global opportunities. Review and/or register for a credit course.

Interested in a non-credit course (module) on the future? Click on the hyperlink below for content information about the various modules. These modules are all online, providing global opportunities. To register, type the module designator in the 'search aacc' box (upper right corner of the page).  Review and/or register for a non-credit course.

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

    Want to start a local futures institute? Here's a blueprint!

    Baby boomers are starting to retire. Not surprisingly, there are some new ideas about retirement and planning for it...Check out The New Retirement by Karen Hube.

    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

    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

    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 of Biology, Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.

    April '07
    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.