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Jamais Cascio
Jamais Casio

Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies and cultural transformation, and specializes in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, particularly regarding the environment and technological development. A recurring theme in his current writing is the importance of openness, transparency and flexibility as a toolkit for social and technological progress.

In 2003, he co-founded, 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 covered 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's essays on the environment, technology and social change appear in and are discussed by both online and print publications, and have been cited by numerous academic and online writers. Cascio has spoken about future possibilities around the world, at venues including: South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas; FuturShow3000 in Bologna, Italy; the Future Studies graduate program at the University of Hawaii; and the TED 2006 conference, "The Future We Will Create," in Monterey, California.

In 2004, Cascio was selected as a founding Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

Cascio has worked in the field of scenario development for over a decade. 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, nuclear proliferation, and sustainable development. He is currently an affiliate at the Institute for the Future, and serves as the Global Futures Strategist for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.

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, and four Macs.

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