Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers, Jamais Cascio explores the intersection of environmental dilemmas, emerging technologies, and cultural evolution.
Specializing in plausible scenarios of the future, his work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking. Openness, transparency and flexibility have the power to be catalysts for building a more resilient society.
Cascio’s written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, and New Scientist, among many others. He has been featured in multiple documentaries discussing social and environmental futures, including National Geographic Television’s SIX DEGREES, its program on the effects of global warming, the Canadian Broadcasting Company feature, SURVIVING THE FUTURE, and the 2013 independent film FIXED: THE SCIENCE/FICTION OF HUMAN AUGMENTATION. He has also been featured in several science-oriented television documentary series and dozens of independent videos for aspiring filmmakers.
Cascio speaks about future possibilities around the world, at venues including the Conference on World Affairs, the National Academy of Sciences, TED, National Geographic Aspen Environmental Forum, and Australia-Davos Connection Forum.
Government agencies, Fortune 50 companies, and major conferences around the world have sought his insights about the world to come.
He is the author of Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering. He served as technical advisor for the Australian Broadcasting Company’s alternate reality game about geoengineering, BLUEBIRD, and presented on the subject at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
Cascio has worked in the field of scenario development for over two decades, and in 2010 was named a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, where he is a primary contributor to their annual Ten Year Forecast program. At IFTF, scenario pioneer Global Business Network, and in his independent work, Cascio has crafted a wide array of scenarios on topics including energy (for an industry think tank), nuclear proliferation (for a political research non-profit), political change in a developing nation (for a US government agency), sustainable development (for a multi-client project), and much more. Cascio is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
He is co-founder of WorldChanging.com, the award-winning website dedicated to finding and calling attention to models, tools and ideas for building a more sustainable future. In his time at WorldChanging, Cascio wrote on urban design, climate science, renewable energy, open source models, emerging technologies, social networks, “leapfrog” global development, and much more. Currently he writes at OpenTheFuture.com.
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, looking at the future of the developing world and at the future of popular culture and political movements.