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Few look at the future from a systems perspective. My talks help leaders shift their thinking and approach to problem-solving by introducing new ways of exploring how we live, work, and prepare for the future.

This is Ja-Nae Duane, an author

For over 20 years, behavioral scientist Ja-Naé Duane dedicated herself to one mission: Make life better for one billion people. This award-winning innovator and expert on global systems focuses on helping corporations, governments, and universities understand and develop systems of the future using emerging technology such as VR/AR, AI, and blockchain. Ja-Nae guides companies forward, helping them get out of their own way to create exponential innovation and future forecasting. She has had the pleasure of working with companies such as PWC, Samsonite, Constant Contact, Natixis, John Hancock, AIG, Deloitte.  A top-rated speaker within the Singularity University community and the author of the bestseller, “The Startup Equation,” Ja-Naé at helping both startups and multinational firms identify new business models and pathways for global scale.

Over the years, her work has caught the attention of The Associated Press, NPR, The Boston Globe, and BusinessWeek. Dr. Duane holds degrees from Brown University, I.E. Business School, Northeastern University, Carnegie University, Bentley University, and Boston University. Ja-Naé is a member of the Loomis Council at the Stimson Center, and holds an appointment at Brown University and collaborates with National Institute of Health and MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research.

The Future is Now

It’s easy to think about the future as something in the far off distance. But technology and the systems that define our lives are rapidly changing what we consider “the future.” Ja-Nae explores the megatrends that have brought the future to our doorstep, providing the tools and insights so you can embrace the future now.

Economics in Our Exponential Age

Economies have changed and will continue to change in this exponential age. So, how will organizations, governments, and global citizens identify the themes associated with the effects of these economic changes and know how to navigate them effectively? Ja-Nae examines the economic concepts as these disrupt financial markets, risk management, and business as we know it.

Reimagining the Future

Forecasting Your Impact: Thinking about the future is just a fun exercise for your imagination. New research suggests that the brain reacts to the future in ways that we had never before imagined. Ja-Nae walks through learning how to build this practical skill while guiding you in forecasting the exponential impact that you would like to make on the world.

The Future of Business Models

As we move away from industrial-era business models, research shows the shift happening, but it doesn’t pinpoint a specific model for the long-term. After examining over 500 businesses, there are common patterns that these companies share. Ja-Nae will explain what the research really means, the future of business models, how companies can prepare for the shift, and case studies from actual organizations who are thriving while creating an abundant future for all.

Navigating Uncertainty in an Exponential World

How can organizations not only survive and adapt to today’s transformative environment but how can organizations achieve exponential growth while navigating the increasing uncertainty that the future provides? Ja-Nae guides the audience through a strategic framework that helps organizations navigate the future while creating long-term, sustainable growth.

Economic Nudges in Our Exponential World

Exponential technologies have enabled significant changes in how global citizens work with governments, buy from organizations, and work with them both towards an abundant future. Ja-Nae explains how those changes have implications for organizations and governments while providing ways to leverage these changes.

The Organization of the Future: Building Your DAO

Since Web 3.0 is here to stay, every organization should be thinking about what their organization would look like as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). DAOs will completely transform what organizations look like, how decisions are made, the transparency of those decisions, and how organizations co-create with their customers. In this workshop, Ja-Nae examines the fundamental shift that is occurring in our organizational systems and guides participants through how to start thinking about becoming an DAO while identifying opportunities to not only create value and impact, but capture value through new opportunities.

Web 3.0 and the Future of Your Business

For the past 20 years, the web has operated as a centralized model where large tech organizations maintained power and governance. Now, a new way of business has begun to transform how you will look at organizational structure, markets, economies, and the boundaries between the physical world and the digital one. Ja-Nae will walk you through the history of the web, what Web 3.0 is, how we got here, and how it is transforming every aspect of our lives and the implications for your organization.

Intelligence Tools for an Exponential World

As disruptive change becomes the norm, how can organizations, governments, and change makers create a strategy that works when all the models out there are from a less flexible age? Ja-Nae will guide you through how to create a strategic model that works for you in these exponential times while preparing for systemic shocks and providing actionable tools for an abundant future.

The Future of Innovation

Today’s organizations need a different mindset in order to survive. But what prevents organizations from identifying and responding to those changes? Companies must find a way to innovate with things changing so quickly. Ja-Nae examines the common threads driving innovation during historical periods of exponential growth and explains what’s different now and what your company needs to do today to innovate and thrive.

E-Citizen: Tools for the Global Citizen in an Exponential Age

By 2022, it’s estimated that there will be 50 billion-plus network devices in a world with only 8 billion people.It’s an opportunity for changemakers to lead the way how we work and reimagines the future of humanity. Ja-Nae explains the forces leading to this change, provides actionable tools and strategies for everyone in the audience to be the change.

Scaling to Impact a Billion People

As you create your moonshot, how do you create a strategy that will allow you to scale for global impact? Where do you begin? Ja-Nae explains the core fundamentals needed for delivering exponential impact and provides a framework to guide you on your journey to reach a billion people.

Systems of the Future

It’s easy to think about the future as something in the far off distance. But technology and the systems that define our lives are rapidly changing what we consider “the future.” What are the systems of the future? Ja-Nae explores the fundamental shift in the economic principles and the implications on our business models, ecosystems and collaborations.

Beyond Your Edge: Identifying Your Untapped Power to Navigate the Future

In this rapidly changing world, it is a leader’s job to anticipate threats, shape opportunities, and provide forward clarity. But how do you identify the skills you need to navigate the future? Leveraging her expertise as a research scientist and 4X entrepreneur, Ja-Nae draws on recent research and lessons learned to unlock the future. She also explores the critical importance that building trust within an ecosystem plays in long-term success when faced with the forces of converging exponential technology.

To the Metaverse!

Virtual worlds? New economies? New investment opportunities? We are moving into an existence where the lines between the physical world and the digital world are blurring. Ja-Nae will guide you through what the metaverse is, the opportunities that organizations have to not only create value, but capture value through new opportunities, and understand the economics of doing business both in the physical world and within the metaverse.

The Future of Business

For over 200 years, we have been working in centralized models within organizations. With this shift to Web 3.0, all of our business models and their internal systems are drastically changing the business landscape. Leaders need to be thinking about completely transforming what organizations look like, how decisions are made, incentive structures, and how organizations co-create with their customers in the future. Ja-Nae will walk you through the shifts that are occurring, the implications on your business, and considerations as you identify ways to transform your organization for this new future.


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