On the Horizon's World Wide Web Site
by James L. Morrison

[Note: This is a re-formatted manuscript that was originally published in On the Horizon, 1994/5, 3(2), 3-5. It is posted here with permission from Jossey Bass Publishers.]

We are taking our service to a new level with the establishment of a World Wide Web (WWW) site, where you will have easy access to past issues of On the Horizon, a futures planning database, as well as to other information to help you work more effectively.

Picture yourself at your computer where you have just launched your World Wide Web (WWW) browser. At the prompt type "" to connect to our home page on Sunsite, one of the major Internet computers, where you will see our headline graphic and an index containing the following lines: Past Issues, Futures Planning Database, and Gems from Horizon List. If you click on the line, Past Issues, the screen will open to another index, each line of which contains a Volume and Issue Number. Double click on, for example, Vol. 1, No 1, for the first page of the first issue we published. You can then scroll through the issue. If you see an article you like, you can transfer (FTP) it to your computer where it can be stored and printed at your convenience.

At any point in your scrolling, you can return to the home page to select another feature. If you select Futures Planning Database, you will see a screen containing a subject heading index. Select a subject heading and you will go to a screen containing an abstract very much like the one at the (left, right, or wherever the boxed abstract is located), including the bibliographical citation and a section of the implications of that abstract for educational leaders. Many of the abstracts that do not get printed in regular issues of On the Horizon will be posted in this section. When you want to use or distribute this information to your colleagues, you can transfer a copy of it to your computer to print and distribute.

To contribute an abstract to the database, click on a line titled, My Contribution to the Database There you will see instructions (see box at left) and a form (above) for insertion of bibliographic information, your name, abstract, and statement of implications. We will edit this information and insert it in the futures planning database for others to review and use. We may also post it to Horizon List for discussion and commentary, which can then be inserted at the end of your abstract. The richness and utility of the database depends upon contributions from you and our colleagues in various organizational and cultural settings around the world.

To review the last section, Gems from Horizon List, return to the Home Page and select that line. Here we have indexed discussion strings by subject title that have been posted to Horizon List. These discussions will stimulate your thinking about critical emerging issues, trends, and potential events for formulating strategic plans and policies for your organization. Again, they are available for you to transfer to your computer for printing and distribution to your colleagues.

In addition, this section indexes relevant documents and services for educational leaders to use in planning for the future. To review these documents, click on the title, and you are taken to wherever the document resides on the Internet, be it in Geneva, Berlin, London, Moscow, Tokyo, or Washington DC.

A request: we need corporate sponsors to help us expand and maintain the WWW site. If you know of an organization that would support this venture, let us know. We would be delighted to acknowledge their support on our Home Page and on our masthead.

All material within the HORIZON site, unless otherwise noted, may be distributed freely for educational purposes. If you do redistribute any of this material, it must retain this copyright notice and you must use appropriate citation including the URL. Also, we would appreciate your sending James L. Morrison a note as to how you are using it. HTML and design by Noel Fiser, ©2006. Page last modified: 7/8/2003 10:44:31 PM. 16693 visitors since February 2000.