Ja-Nae Duane

Singularity Expert: Impact, Entrepreneurship, Disruption

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-Nae 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. Ja-Nae holds degrees from Brown University, I.E. Business School, Northeastern University, Carnegie University, and Boston University. Currently, Ja-Nae is a Ph.D. candidate focusing her research on the future of information systems and is a research fellow at the Center of Information Systems Research at MIT.

Speaking Topics

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.

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.

Fireside Chat - Convergence (IoT & AI)

10 Minutes to Happiness: Ja-Nae Duane at TEDxCreativeCoast

Systems of the Future Keynote -Ja-Nae Duane | Deloitte's Restart Europe Broadcast

Revolutionizing Business During COVID-Ja-Nae Duane

MTP - Massively Transforming YOUR Purpose

GSP19 Denmark - Fireside Chat: Women who Scale

Publications

Political affiliation moderates subjective interpretations of COVID-19 graphs

Patient Preference for Telehealth Background Shapes Impressions of Physicians and Information Recall: A Randomized Experiment

The Virtual Doctor is In: The Effect of Telehealth on Patient Experience

Entrepreneurship: 6 Forces Shaping the Future of Work

Moonshots and Crown Jewels: Redesigning the Global Startup Program (GSP)

Scaling to Impact a Billion People

Don’t Be Shortchanged, Earn Your Worth

Do You Validate?

Finding your Startup Equation

The Craft of Culture Startup culture is an art, not a science.

The Ultimate Alternative to the Business Model Canvas

Solving the Women in Tech Problem

BOOK: The Startup Equation: A Visual Guidebook to Building Your Startup

How to Get Your Team’s Creative Juices Flowing

Tapping Worcester's innovative potential

External Links

Podcast: Startup Equation Ja-Naé Duane & Personal Breakthroughs Karl Scheible