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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, December 2008

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), December 2008, volume 4, issue 11...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

Places of outstanding value to humanity are designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Among these sites are the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the Pyramids of Egypt. The World Heritage program seeks to protect these sites and to encourage international cooperation for their preservation.

  • applied foresight...using the perspective

Scientists at Bristol University in the United Kingdom have successfully designed a tissue-engineered trachea using the patient's own stem cells.  This use of the patient's own cells to design the trachea is at the cutting edge of stem cell research. 

The Rocky Mountain Institute is a non-profit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources so that companies, governments and organizations are more efficient. Recently RMI  announced its initiatives to decrease dependence on oil at the Automotive News Green Car Conference in Detroit.

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

Interested in a course on the future for college credit? Check our Exploring the Future (FTR 100) class listing. This is a 3-credit hour General Education course, which also satisfies the diversity requirement. Spring term registration is now open for both online and traditional face-to-face 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.

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.