What We Do
Previously a research director in IFTF's Technology Horizons program, Jake’s focus continues to be the examination of social invention and the redesign of systems in light of current tools and knowledge. While at IFTF full-time, he led the Governance Futures Lab, with the mission to re-imagine and experiment with the basic architectures and processes of governance. Jake joined IFTF in 2008 and brought with him the alternative futures methodology developed at the Manoa School of Futures Studies. He continues to explore new futures methodologies and also designs artifacts, games, immersive experiences of future worlds, and guerilla public engagement projects that inject the future into the mental ecology of the present.
Jake has conducted research, written, and lectured on a wide range of topics, including strategic foresight, governance design, comprehensive cognitive design, intellectual property, judicial foresight, kids’ technologies, Internet law and politics, mobility, and the future of learning and work. He holds a BA in visual anthropology from Auburn University, an MA in visual anthropology from Temple University, and a PhD from the Manoa School of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii with an emphasis in neuropolitics, governance design, alternative futures, and communication of foresight. He is currently an adjunct professor in the MBA in Design Strategy program at the California College of the Arts, where he teaches strategic foresight, tactical media, and social invention.
Making the Future
“As the world hurtles toward self-destruction, in large part due to mass aversion to forward thinking and an institutional lack of foresight capacity, futures practices must take on more urgency and must get better. Connected minds from across the planet are potentially the greatest source of imagination and problem solving ever invented. Connected minds generate more alternative futures, and some of these visions could lead the way to better outcomes for humans and the planet.”