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futureportal...an ezine on the future - Summer 2008

Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), Summer 2008, volume 4, issue 7...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

Where's the Internet going in the future? The Pew Internet and American Life Project, headed by Susannah Fox, Tani Quitney Anderson and Lee Rainie, produced a survey to evaluate where the Internet is headed in the next ten years. Although the report was published in 2005 it has projections through 2015. Take a minute to look at this very insightful survey.

India will be experiencing a consumer explosion in the next two decades. According to McKinsey and Company, if India continues on its current high growth path, incomes should triple over the next two decades. This will place India as the world's fifth largest consumer. Read how this will affect our economy and the global economy.

applied foresight...using the perspective

Wanting to learn more about alternative fuel sources? The National Biodiesel Board(NBB) is the national traded association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States. Their Web site if full of lots of useful information concerning the biodiesel industry such as sustainability issues, trading rules, recently passed regulations concerning blend specifications and so much more. Learn about all of these topics at NBB's Web site.

on the horizon...learning opportunities & events

This July, students of a special section of FTR-100, "Exploring the Future", will participate at the World Future Society Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Offered by Anne Arundel Community College, FTR-100 is a 3 credit-hour general education college course. Registration is now open for this section, as well as for the totally online section.

Recently FTR 100 earned the designation as a diversity course at Anne Arundel Community College (effective Fall 2008). Students seeking an associate's degree at AACC are required to earn 3 credit-hours in a diversity course. The study of the future, using its well-developed methodology, incorporates the many aspects of diversity, promotes awareness of social issues, and fosters effective citizenship.

Also, you can register for noncredit futures modules for professional development or personal enrichment. These online modules may be taken alone or in combination. These modules are suitable for employers or educators looking for some background information in order to introduce their employees or students to futuring.

Registration is now open for the 2008 World Future Conference "Seeing the Future Through New Eyes". The conference will be in Washington, D.C. from July 26-28.

If time for summer reading is in your future, the IF @ AACC Web site has a list of futures books to consider.

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