Transforming Futures at the World Futures Studies Federation Conference

Incites for the week

This week’s posting is a draft of the paper I am presenting at the World Futures Studies Federation conference “Global Research and Social Innovation: Transforming Futures” in Bucharest, Romania later this month:

Greetings to the ancestors of this land and to all of you gathered here today. I am Kanaka Maoli, a Native Hawaiian and a student of decolonial futures. The question I wish to put before you today is:

What distinguishes indigenous conceptions of futures from a post-enlightenment Euro-American vision of futures?

I am going to begin with a discussion of principles that have become a part of my personal futures toolbox; a toolbox that I am in the process of building in order to facilitate images of futures that are radically democratic, socially egalitarian and diverse. And I conclude with an example of decolonizing futures — an introduction to a group of Kanaka Maoli in Hawaii who are…

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About Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.
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