Scenarios of good anthropocenes in southern Africa

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dc.description.abstract In the rapidly changing and uncertain world of the Anthropocene, positive visions of the future could play a crucial role in catalysing deep social-ecological transformations to help guide humanity towards more sustainable and equitable futures. This paper presents the outcomes from a novel visioning process designed to elicit creative and inspirational future scenarios for southern Africa. The approach based scenario development on 'seeds of good Anthropocenes', i.e. existing initiatives or technologies that represent current, local-scale innovations for sustainability. A selection of seeds was used to create four distinct, positive visions in a participatory workshop process. Common themes that independently emerged in all four visions were i) decentralized governance and decision-making; ii) a strong emphasis on equity and empathy; iii) high levels of connectedness between people; and iv) a reinforced, respectful relationship with nature. The visions mainly differ in the extent of fusion between people and technology in everyday life, and how much nature plays a role in defining the human experience. The narratives presented here describe worlds that have undergone a more significant paradigm shift towards shared human values and stewardship of resources than is explored in most other ambient narratives for the region. These 'Good Anthropocene' scenarios therefore demonstrate more radical, previously unimagined ways of thinking about sustainability futures on the African continent and beyond. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject SOUTHERN AFRICA en
dc.subject HUMAN IMPACT en
dc.subject GEOLOGICAL AGE en
dc.subject SUSTAINABILITY en
dc.title Scenarios of good anthropocenes in southern Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 118 en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Futures en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11295 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10423 en
dc.bibliographictitle Hamann, M., Biggs, R., Pereira, L., Hichert, T., Blanchard, R., Warrington-Coetzee, H., King, N., Merrie, A., Nilsson, W., Odendaal, P., Poskitt, S., Sanchez Betancourt, D. & Ziervogel, G. (2020) Scenarios of good anthropocenes in southern Africa. Futures. 118:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Hamann, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Biggs, R. en
dc.contributor.author3 Pereira, L. en
dc.contributor.author4 Hichert, T. en
dc.contributor.author5 Blanchard, R. en
dc.contributor.author6 Warrington-Coetzee, H. en
dc.contributor.author7 King, N. en
dc.contributor.author8 Merrie, A. en
dc.contributor.author9 Nilsson, W. en
dc.contributor.author10 Odendaal, P. en
dc.contributor.author11 Poskitt, S. en
dc.contributor.author12 Sanchez Betancourt, D. en
dc.contributor.author13 Ziervogel, G. en

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