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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, December 2009

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), December 2009, volume 5, 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

Cloaking devices, which steer electromagnetic radiation around them, and their related science are described by two leaders in the field: Ulf Leonhardt of the University of St. Andrews and John Pendry of the Imperial College London.

  • applied foresight... using the perspective

Climate change -- in terms of the science and its interrelationship with health, the environment, and the economy -- is discussed at this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site. Proactive strategies are also presented, as well as a personal (household) greenhouse gas emissions calculator.

Is joining the Futures Interested Group (FIG) for you? FIG at AACC promotes futuring and foresight activities for students and learners of all kinds. FIG is a student club that offers two types of membership: (1) Regular Members for registered students at AACC and (2) Associate Members for anyone else who wants to participate. Interested? Here's how to join. See the second issue of FIGleaf, a learner-created newsletter.  

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

WorldFuture 2010 Conference "Sustainable Futures, Strategies, and Technologies" will be July 8-10 in Boston, Massachusetts. Registration is now open for this annual conference of the World Future Society.

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 both the online and traditional face-to-face classes.

Is gift-giving in your future? Check this IF @ AACC Web site for a list of futures books.

Produced by our partner the World Future Society