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Catalyzing Newport Talk with Jake Dunagan

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Monday, June 20, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Catalyzing Newport Talk with Jake Dunagan

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The Future as a Cognitive Prosthetic

a public lecture presented by
Jake Dunagan, Ph.D.

Monday, June 20
4:00 - 6:00pm
Rosecliff Mansion, Ballroom, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

Join the steering committee of Catalyzing Newport for a talk with Visiting Catalyst Jake Dunagan. As a society, we will be dealing with unprecedented volatility and complexity over the coming generations. And yet, we’ve inherited a way of looking at the future that assumes consistency, linearity, and predictability. Jake will introduce concepts for thinking more effectively about the future, and the need for raising our collective foresight capacity. 

The future is always an abstract projection from the present, and is often hard to conceive. In order for futures to be made thinkable, they need to be made feel-able. It is better to be surprised by a simulation, than blindsided by reality. Experiential futures is a recent methodological development that attempts to create fully embodied engagements with possible futures. Bringing the future into the present allows a relationship to be created with tomorrow. With this cognitive bridge in place, we can then begin to take actions to design and build better futures, together. 

This program is offered by Catalyzing Newport, an initiative led by historical and cultural organizations to strengthen the city's historical fabric and to address current challenges and opportunities. Jake is participating in a week-long residency to explore ways we can engage citizens in collective imagination and more robust social foresight. 

Jake Dunagan is managing director and global foresight lead for and research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a California-based think tank that helps organizations plan for the long-term future. Jake specializes in social invention and the redesign of systems in light of current tools and knowledge.


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When & Where

Rosecliff Mansion, Ballroom
548 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI

Monday, June 20, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. For over 40 years, we have cultivated diverse expressions of the public humanities through vital and innovative public programs, research, and media projects that have reached millions of people in Rhode Island and beyond. We are a catalyst for engagement with our state’s remarkable history and culture, and believe in the power of the humanities community to inspire and improve Rhode Island.

The Council was founded in 1973 as an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A private nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the Council is supported by federal and private funds.

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