Exploring Plural Futures

Plural Futures pushes us explore beyond the “Singular Future.”

Today the Singular Future is that of Technosolutionism. It sees technology’s development as being always good, always for the better, and the only way forward. We see this in the way we think about the future: new gadgets, new skyscrapers, driverless cars…

Plural Futures challenges us to think beyond technology – into the human.

Instead of asking the types of technologies or gadget we’ll have in 2050, Plural Futures asks “What might be the different ways of understanding of prosperity in 2050?” Instead of asking “How can we make cities smart?” it would ask “How can we make cities safer for women and more inclusive for all?”

Examples of Plural Futures

Afrofuturism is not for Africans living in Africa

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Design Is [Protopian]

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Copenhagen Catalog

150 principles for a new direction in tech.

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Do you have a Plural Futures to share?

Plural Futures is always looking to find and share more examples of talks, articles, images of diverse futures from perspectives that have been traditionally underrepresented.

Please email Daniel at Daniel@PluralFutures.com

2018 Futures Festival by the Association of Professional Futurists

The event showcased diverse futures brought by over 24 speakers from 13 countries. Below is just a small sample (3 out of 20 talks) that were presented in October 2018. See the entire event at http://futuresfestival.online/.

Making a Feminist Internet by Mariam Kauser

How can we achieve variance, dismantle hierarchical structures and promote plurality in the Feminist Internet space?
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African Futures by Njeri Mwagiru
A discussion on narratives, metaphors and symbolism of Africa

 

Website –  Video

Humanitarian Futures by Aarathi Krishnan & Jorge Camacho
How can design and cultural diversity decolonise humanitarian futures?

Webpage | Video

What are the new models of prosperity in the Global South?

Daniel Riveong of Plural Futures wrote a series of articles around the theme of the Global South & Rethinking Prosperity. He wrote these articles part as an Emerging Fellow at the Association of Professional Futures.

You can see the full list of articles on the Association of Professional Futurists Blog

Can We Reimagine Rural Areas as Equal to Cities?
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What visions of society from the Global South can we learn from?
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