Our speaker this month will be Jake Dunagan.
Jake Dunagan is an experiential futurist, governance designer, and teacher. He is Director of Design Futures at verynice.co—a design, innovation, and foresight consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profits, and adjunct professor of Strategic Foresight in the Design Strategy MBA and Strategic Foresight MBA programs at the California College of Arts (CCA). Jake’s work has been centered on the concept of social invention and novel methods to help individuals, organizations, and governing institutions re-imagine and re-invent their futures. He has worked with governments, businesses, foundations, and non-profits around the world. Recent research projects include the future of social entrepreneurship, applied embodied cognition, judicial foresight, kid’s technologies, intellectual property law, and the future of work. He has created tools to increase citizen participation in political system design, as well as designed visual media, interactive experiences, and public engagement projects that inject alternative visions of the future into the present.
Jake is going to be talking to us about the future of governance. We are nearing consensus that our systems of government are partially or fully broken. And yet, most mainstream ideas for how to fix government are regressive, incoherent, or timidly incremental. What would a truly novel form of governance look like? What problems would it solve, or not? How might it work? Who would benefit? Who would suffer? Jake Dunagan, Director of Design Futures at verynice.co and former director of the Governance Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, has been leading efforts to empower a new generation of social inventors to re-design governance for the 21st Century. Combining a short lecture with participatory exercises, Jake will introduce the basic tenets of political system design and facilitate a group creation of a “mission statement” for a Free State of Austin.
For a decade and a half, I’ve served as President of EFF-Austin – and I put in additional years as both Vice President and President in the 90s. It’s been a great ride: while I was president, we worked hard in support of digital freedom, worked with coalitions global and local in the interest of Internet freedom and privacy, held many public meetings and events, spent some time lobbying the Texas legislature via Save Muni Wireless and the Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition. We’ve accomplished a lot, and we’ll continue to do more – but I won’t be at the helm.
Last week I resigned as President of EFF-Austin, and the Board of Directors, while accepting my resignation, elected a new President, Kevin Welch. Kevin has been organizing, managing and leading EFF-Austin’s monthly meetups. I’m happy to place the leadership of EFF-Austin in his very capable hands. Kevin describes himself as “an idealistic dreamer and an omnivore of knowledge.” He brings a great renewed energy to the office of EFF-Austin President.
I’ll still serve on the EFF-Austin Board of Directors, and look forward to another great year of commitment to its mission in 2017.
~ Jon Lebkowsky
It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Monday, December 12th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the backroom of The Cedar Door at 201 Brazos Street. We will have a full open bar for our guests to make use of (suggested 2 drinks per person), as well as free appetizers courtesy of The Cedar Door.
EFF-Austin (Electronic Frontier Foundation of Austin) is a local advocacy, educational, and community-organizational group that promotes bringing together those interested in learning about the myriad ways in which our ever evolving digital culture affects our communities and our societies. We host monthly meetups featuring speakers on a variety of topics – recent discussions have included Austin’s Regional Intelligence Center, technology and its role in voter empowerment, an overview of the internet’s Domain Name System, digital literacy, and cyborg civil liberties. In addition to this learning, EFF-Austin hopes to provide a resource whereby those interested in creating change in our digital world can meet like-minded minds and have a community to collaborate with and support them in their endeavors.
In addition to the party serving as a chance to get to know our fellow digital citizens in a more relaxed setting, the party is a great opportunity to learn about what’s planned for EFF-Austin in the coming year. Like last year, EFF-Austin has recently welcomed several new board members from diverse backgrounds, bringing us to a fully-staffed board of nine members. We have also seen the appointment of a new president and forged many new relationships with volunteers and other community groups. Given recent events in our country, we find EFF-Austin’s mission more vital than ever, and we hope that you will be inspired to get involved and help us create a free and open digital future for everyone. To that end, we highly encourage you, our fellow digital citizens, to let us know what you would like to see from EFF-Austin in the coming months.
No RSVP required, but we only have room for about 100 attendees at a time, so if you want to make sure you get in RSVP here to get on the list: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eff-austins-2016-holiday-party-at-the-cedar-door-tickets-29832314255
Ed Cavazos, EFF-Austin Board Member
Warren G. Hanes, EFF-Austin Advisor