Towards a Typology of Used Futures
The images of development in the developed world spur images of similar developments in the developing world, without consideration of local contexts. This purchase of used futures leads to a disincentive for local experimentation and importing of structures that have been successful elsewhere. The result is a plethora of examples of failed interventions and costly experiments in the developing world which have failed to achieve their targets and only installed xeroxed functionalities and organizations without their capabilities. This article attempts to initiate a dialogue on the types of used futures and how to move away from the colonization of thought processes and policies.
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