Video: Jake Dunagan

Retooling Our Political System

Filmed on October 23, 2014, at “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference

About this video

How do we organize ourselves to ensure individual liberty, social benefit, environmental stewardship and responsibility toward future generations? Not only is there a need, but there is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink and redesign our systems of governance for the future. This requires a careful examination of the challenges of an anthropocene epoch, the new tools and technological affordances at our disposal and the dynamics of power that influence—and sometimes thwart—positive systems change. Jake Dunagan will look at the current issues we face and explore directions, techniques and examples of future-friendly political system experimentation.

Speaker bio

Jake Dunagan is managing director and global foresight lead for verynice.co and research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a California-based think tank that helps organizations plan for the long-term future. There, he examines social invention and the redesign of systems in light of current tools and knowledge. Dunagan also leads the Governance Futures Lab, whose mission is to reimagine and experiment with the basic architectures and processes of governance. The only formally trained futurist on staff, Dunagan joined Institute for the Future in 2008 and brought with him the alternative futures methodology developed at the Manoa School of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii. In his work, Dunagan has focused on a wide range of topics including strategic foresight, governance design, comprehensive cognitive design, intellectual property, Internet law and politics, mobility and the future of learning and work. He holds a B.A. in visual anthropology from Auburn University, an M.A. in visual anthropology from Temple University and a Ph.D. from the Manoa School of Futures Studies.