About the Plurality University
"If, as the saying goes, 'politics is the art of the possible', it follows that we need arts in order to multiply possibilities." Bruno Latour
Although past centuries have demonstrated the ability of human societies to transform, today we seem unable to confront the nature and magnitude of the challenges ahead. Climate change urges us to reconsider our role as "masters and possessors" of nature; technological advances challenge our ability to command our own creations. We have neither the tools nor the collective mechanisms to deal with the anthropological aspects of such transitions – let alone resolve the contradictions which oppose them. Our hypothesis is that humanity will only find its ability to take control its own future by explicitly building on the power of imaginaries. However, we should not hope to find a single grand narrative for the future, any more than we can allow ourselves to passively adopt the “singularity” narrative currently arising from Silicon Valley. We need a multiplicity of stories and other imaginary productions from every cardinal point in our multipolar world. And we need these imaginaries to equip us and enable us to
- Imagine the worlds that come next: mobilize the power of myths and imagination to represent prospective transitions; explore different, out of the box futures; and expand the scope of alternatives.
- Act in situations of radical uncertainty: Produce and provide tools that help people, organizations and society at large discuss possible futures; embrace controversy as a means of exploration and a way to challenge our assumptions; make choices, experiment and take action in an uncertain and diverse world.
- To make these practices and outputs more accessible and useable for decision-makers, professionals, the media and students;
- To build upon the richness and diversity of imaginaries of the future in order to shift public debate, expectations and aspirations – thereby widening the scope of alternatives available to business, public actors and society at large.
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