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Poetry as a Method for Futures Literacy: Verses of Long-termism, a curated session at UNESCO Global Futures Literacy Design Forum (Abstract)

Julkaisun tekijät: Nick Balcom Raleigh, Amos Taylor, Essi Silvonen, Anna Sacio-Szymańska, Noora Vähäkari, Solveig Zophoniasdottir

Konferenssin vakiintunut nimi: UNESCO Global Futures Literacy Design Forum

Julkaisuvuosi: 2019

Verkko-osoite: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000372250


In our changing world, one may ask if there is the need (or even a use) for poetry in response to the challenges we face? The premise for this lab is yes, there is a need and use for poetry. We recognize the limitations of scientific disciplines in dealing with the complexity of the global problematique - and specifically with the limitations of the human mind, or language, in comprehending and encompassing complexity. The workshop, organized by the FLxDeep initiative funded by EIT Climate KIC, will serve as a demonstration of an innovative poetry-based way to foster reflection in a futures literacy lab. After a short discussion of how long-termism – taking long-term impacts into account when acting in the present – could direct greater resources toward climate action, participants will write poems, share their work, and discuss the insights they’ve produced. By applying poetry as a participatory method, the conversation will be situated in the lived experiences and meaning-making of the individual writers, enabling co-equal conversations among the workshop organisers (researchers), subject-matter experts, and non-experts. The intention is to discover new potential for how long-termism as a theme and poetry as a method can be integrated into processes that support personal and collective futures literacy.

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