Incorporating pluriversal worldviews in sustainability governance

Led by Fronika de Wit

This research combines the fields of Futures Studies with the Pluriverse and studies how to improve the anticipation and imagination of Pluriversal Futures. It aims to provide (policy) recommendations for the  SDGs and the 2024 Pact for the Future that recognize the value of incorporating pluriversal worldviews.

It starts by reviewing the literature on futures thinking through a lens of the Pluriverse. Second, it uses two culturally diverse Amazon regions as its case studies: the State of Acre in Brazil and the department of Ucayali in Peru. Based on a qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews it depicts five dissimilar and sometimes conflictual vision-narratives of a safe and just Amazon in 2050. In its discussion, this study highlights three critical factors for Pluriversal Futures thinking: 1. Critical reflection on epistemological and ontological differences in Futures thinking; 2. Supporting the articulation of perspectives of excluded groups and removing barriers to indigenous self-determination; and 3. Working with skilled intercultural facilitators.