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futureportal… an ezine on the future - Summer 2007

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Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF@AACC), Summer 2007, volume 3, issue 7.... We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.
Get a jump on the future with "The Art of Foresight" (pdf) produced by our partner the World Future Society.

Inside this issue (please scroll down) - 

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

As drought conditions seemingly spread, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln follows a multifaceted study approach. It includes monitoring, planning, projecting impacts, and designing mitigation initiatives - in the hope of averting crisis situations.

What about the future of childhood? Futurist and author Richard Louv writes about the nuturing (and increasingly absent) relationship between children's development and the exploration of nature. 

  • futures thinking.........looking ahead

What can the "creative economy" do to enhance the changing nature of the US economy? Over the years it has changed from manufacturing to more services based, with job losses in some sectors. Developing the economy associated with the creative arts not only spurs business growth and jobs, but also the development of personal creativity. Read about this and related issues on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies website, including a policy brief pdf file.

Managing information overload is increasingly part of the discussions of our lives.  This article on the InfoWorld webpage highlights the issues, and offers a few tips on its "Do and Don't lists" to help simplify your life.  Good Luck!

Remember the old adage, one person's trash is another's treasure?  See how the city of Albuquerque, NM is changing waste to energy

  • on the local, regional and global

Interested in a course on the future for credit? Check our Exploring the Future (FTR 100) class listing. Fall 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. Click here for more information or to register.

Grab a cool glass of lemonade, sit back in your favorite chair and read a futures book this summer. There is a great book list on the IF@AACC website.  Challenge yourself and expand your mind! Enjoy!

It is still not too late to register for the 2007 World Future Conference, "Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century", in Minneapolis, MN from July 29-31. You can register on the conference Web site. If you are going, be sure to sign up for the workshop entitled, "So You Want to Teach the Future?", presented by  IF @ AACC advisory board members. The workshop provides a lot of great "how to" information that can be used to build a futures course. 

Does your organization need a speaker on the future?  See IF@AACC's speaker list and contact us. 

The 'Brown Bag' Lunch and Speakers Series will continue in the fall at AACC. There will be some great speakers so be sure to watch for the new schedule. Also, there will be no newsletter published in August.  See you again in September!