diversity 101 = pluriverse


  • A way to understanding an alternative future. – Juliet Schor, Sociology, Boston College
  • A book of dazzling breadth, provocative and persuasive scholarship. – Sylvia Marcos, Mexican feminist activist and scholar
  • For too long the North has imposed its one-size-fits-all agenda on the South. – Dan O’Neill, economist, University of Leeds
  • This Dictionary charts pathways for transition to an ecologically sane, politically more egalitarian, and socially more inclusive world. – Erik Swyngedouw, geographer, University of Manchester
  • A real breakthrough in post-development thinking. – Gilbert Rist, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • It is about a future that died long ago . . . and about the urgency of nurturing the manifold worlds that breathe seditiously. – Bayo Akomolafe, author of These Wilds Beyond Our Fences
  • A delight: stimulating, important. – John Holloway, author of Change the World Without Taking Power
  • May the Pluriverse open our minds to what we could not see. . . . – Frances Moore Lappé, founder of the Small Planet Institute
  • This Post-Development Dictionary addresses the systemic crisis we are living in by honouring cultural visions from all over the world. – Pablo Solon, co-author of Systemic Alternatives
  • A wild generosity of ideas marks this book. It is a gift to celebrate and gossip about. – Shiv Visvanathan, Jindal Global University
  • Calls out the free-market economic delusion that the imperative for survival demands. – Mogobe Ramose, author of African Philosophy Through Ubuntu
  • Pluriverse helps us to re-think our societies and the meaning of being human. – Jingzhong Ye, Humanities, China Agricultural University
  • A valuable contribution towards building a counter-epistemic community. – Debal Deb, author of Beyond Developmentality
  • Development as a solution to global crises has long been criticized but a plethora of alternatives exist. – Saral Sarkar, author of Eco-Socialism or Eco-Capitalism?
  • A menu of narratives that supply meaning and nurture hope. – Marina Fischer-Kowalski, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Whether you agree with the wisdom of plurality or not, this book will leave you thinking about radical social transformations. – Lourdes Beneria, Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • This book’s magnificent content puts forth real possibilities for building a future where we can live in peace with each other and the planet. – Medea Benjamin, Co-Director, CODEPINK: Women for Peace
  • This strategic move towards a pluriverse destabilizes the claim to one universal knowledge as disseminated by modernist development. – Susan Paulson, University of Florida
  • There are many alternatives to the domineering, profiteering, globalizing, disempowering ‘progress’ of the West. – Richard Norgaard, author of Development Betrayed
  • Contributions from a multiplicity of thoughtful and creative minds define the path forward. – David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World
  • In this essential compendium, diverse visionaries offer both answers and inspirations. – Paul Raskin, founding president of the Tellus Institute
  • In a critical time for humanity, this volume fills a need in our knowledge. – John Foran, climate activist
  • An experimental vocabulary in movement about what comes after and beyond the trap of ‘development’. – Verónica Gago, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires
  • This compilation of ideas and practices helps us to rethink development. – Diana Gómez, anthropologist, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá
  • A much welcome contribution to debates on development. – Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar, author of The Rhythm of the Pachakuti
  • A look at the remarkable spectrum of experiences, proposals and radical knowledge that challenge the contemporary crisis of civilization. – Edgardo Lander, Venezuelan Central University, Caracas
  • Homogenization is the name of our civilizational malaise. – Antonio Elizalde, Director, Polis: Latin American Journal of Sustainability, Chile
  • The time is overdue to unsettle the cognitive supremacy of the West. – Nina Pacari, Kechwa indigenous leader
  • The spatial-temporal weaving of the Pluriverse inscribes each of our bodies with unique synchronicities as we participate in the existential cycles of living matter. – Raúl Prada Alcoreza, Bolivian writer, demographer, member of Comuna
  • This search enables us to bring many ‘dispersed strengths’ into a single ray of light illuminating the analysis and processes of change. – Gioconda Belli, Nicaragua
  • A verse is needed to express a wish, to push for change, to eradicate injustices. All of these verses and more are gathered in this book. – Gustavo Duch, Catalonian writer, food sovereignty activist, horticulturist apprentice
  • Through ‘the cracks’, people been able to build life-alternatives to extractive models and construct new worlds characterized by non-capitalist forms of life. – Raúl Zibechi, Uruguayian writer, popular educator and journalist
  • Absolutely thrilling. Despite the limit of 1000 words, each entry in this Dictionary manages to exhibit an amazing capacity for synthesis and creativity on the authors’ part. – Jûrgen Schuldt, economist, Universidad del Pacífico, Lima

Foreword: The Development Dictionary Revisited WOLFGANG SACHS
Introduction: Finding Pluriversal Paths A KOTHARI etal

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academia.edu gg/pdf 2017 Designs fort he Pluriverse –  Radical Interdependence, Autonomy,and the Making of Worlds – by Arturo Escobar