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Decolonizing Futures: Exploring Storytelling as a Tool for Inclusion in Foresight

Bisht, Pupul (2017) Decolonizing Futures: Exploring Storytelling as a Tool for Inclusion in Foresight. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Bisht, Pupul

Taking into account the dominant Western worldview that shapes the disciplines of futures studies today– as the singular form of futures exploration, this major research project explores ways in which storytelling can be used as a tool for opening up the discourse to non-western perspectives. Through a series of participatory and co-design workshops, the research highlights the dominance of a western perspective that ‘colonises’ most contemporary futures explorations. The research proposes an alternative method for storytelling futures that may be used as a new method in the scenario generation phase of the foresight process. This method is designed as an adaptation of the culturally-inclusive Kaavad storytelling tradition of India and offers an alternative framework that supports a futures exploration that is informed by non-western ways of knowing, doing and being. When tested with a diverse group of participants, the proposed method shows that transformative visions of the future that reflect authentic worldview of participants can be generated through methods and frameworks that support, respect and celebrate epistemological plurality.

Date: 13 December 2017
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 15:08
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2018 15:08
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2129

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