"A Map of the Future”- Discussion with Jamais Cascio: Futurist, Author, and Founding Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (GNSD)

February 10, 2011, 6:00pm


“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there” – Charles F Kettering

Every day, people across the world ponder what the future holds—dreaming about what may be in store for themselves, their families, and even their country. Creating a plausible scenario for the future is a whole different beast, and a task that can be well executed by few. Gen Next will host Futurist and Author, Jamais Cascio, for an eye-opening discussion on the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation and how they play a role in designing a map of the future.

With over a decade of experience in the field of scenario development, Cascio will cover a wide range of outlooks including energy, nuclear proliferation, and sustainable development. Gen Next sees big challenges in the future, so we want to be better informed to do something about it.


Open to Members and Guests of Members only. Invite is non transferable. Must RSVP to Nicole@gen-next.org  to attend. Adding program to calendar does not constitute RSVP.

When: February 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Paradise Point Resort and Spa
The Dockside Room
1404 Vacation Road
San Diego, CA 92109
RSVP: Nicole

More on Jamais Cascio:

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Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009, Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society.

Cascio's work appears in publications as diverse as Metropolis, the Atlantic MonthlyThe Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy. He has been featured in multiple television programs discussing foresight and environmental issues, including National Geographic Television's SIX DEGREES, its 2008 documentary on the effects of global warming, the History Channel's SCIENCE IMPOSSIBLE, its 2009 series on emerging technologies, and the 2010 Canadian Broadcasting Company documentary, SURVIVING THE FUTURE.

Cascio speaks about future possibilities around the world, at a variety of venues. Recent appearances include Mobile Monday in Amsterdam, Lift10 in Geneva, and Social Business Edge in New York. He was a featured speaker at the TED 2006 conference, "The Future We Will Create," in Monterey, California.

In early 2009, he released his first book, Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering. Subsequently, he served as technical advisor for the Australian Broadcasting Company's 2010 alternate reality game about geoengineering, BLUEBIRD.

Cascio has worked in the field of scenario development for over a decade, and in 2010 was named a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future. After several years as technology specialist at scenario planning pioneer Global Business Network, he went on to craft a wide array of scenarios on topics including energy (for an industry think tank), nuclear proliferation (for a political research non-profit), and sustainable development (for a multi-client project). Cascio is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

In 2007, his work on calculating the carbon footprint of cheeseburgers went viral, appearing in dozens of newspapers and magazines, multiple radio programs, hundreds of websites, and even as part of a museum exhibit. Increasingly, the cheeseburger has become an icon of the surprising carbon impact of everyday life.

In 2003, he co-founded WorldChanging.com, the award-winning website dedicated to finding and calling attention to models, tools and ideas for building a "bright green" future. In his time at WorldChanging, Cascio wrote the plurality of the site's content, covering topics including urban design, climate science, renewable energy, open source models, emerging technologies, social networks, "leapfrog" global development, and much more. In March, 2006, he started Open the Future as his online home.

Cascio has also applied his scenario development skills in the entertainment industry, advising multiple television and film projects, and designing several well-received science fiction game settings, including Transhuman Space: Broken Dreams(speculating on the future of the developing world) and Transhuman Space: Toxic Memes (examining future popular culture and political movements).

Cascio lives outside of San Francisco, California, with his wife, two cats, four Macs, and the inevitable hybrid cars.



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