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Futureportal... an ezine on the future - December 2007

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (If @ AACC), December  2007, volume 3, issue 11....We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.

Inside this issue - please scroll down

  • applied foresight ... using the perspective
  • futures thinking ... looking ahead
  • on the horizon ... events local, regional and global

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

applied foresight... using the perspective

The future of our fresh water resources is enhanced by personal water conservation. This Eartheasy website gives some tips.

Wetlands not only provide habitat for wildlife and foster biodiversity, they can improve water quality and provide flood protection. The Wetlands Initiative is exploring the possibility of "nutrient farming" as an economically viable way to improve water quality. The idea is to use constructed wetlands to enhance water quality, and then sell credits to facilities in order to satisfy their water quality requirements. Historically, many wetlands were drained to become agricultural fields. In some cases, though, it may make sense to reverse the process. This Web site describes such a project.

futures thinking... looking ahead

This year's Nobel Prize for medicine honored three scientist for their work in gene targeting. This University of Utah website diagrammatically explains the technique.

Books make great gifts. This IF @ AACC Web site has a list of intriguing books about the future.

on the horizon... events local, regional and global

Interested in a course on the future for college credit? Check our Exploring the Future (FTR 100) class listing. Spring term registration is now open for both online and traditional classes. Also, you can register for our noncredit futures modules for professional development. These online modules may be taken alone or in combination. These modules are great for employers or educators looking for some background information in order to introduce their employees or students to futuring. Click here for more information or to register.

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. If you are unfamiliar with LISTSERV and its associated commands, you may want to add the commands
INFO GENINTRO
INFO REFCARD
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 various commands.