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.