Leverage points conference 2019

Marie Rappaport (Speaker), Moreno Cely, A. (Speaker)

Activiteit: Talk or presentation at a conference


Bolivia, as one of the countries bringing together governmental development planning with local knowledge, offers the possibility to open a dialogue of communities belonging to different ontologies and epistemologies for managing social and environmental problems. In this context, the ongoing project “Co-creating new knowledge through joint learning on life systems for adapting territorial development plans – Wakichina” proposes a transdisciplinary research approach to develop life systems indicators for the implementation of the regional development plan in three different municipalities in Bolivia. Part of the research is focus on the factors that determine the knowledge-sharing space and the consequent implications for the applied participatory methodologies. How do external factors like the historical, political, or academic context influences the research frame? How and where in this frame do the applied methodologies help to open a space for integrating different forms of knowledge? How do internal factors like personal objectives and ideals of the local actors shape this dialogue? These are some of the questions that this research is trying to answer, drawing on a combination of participatory and ethnographic data collection methods. Acknowledging that we all have partial perspectives, integrating different forms of understanding and visualising the same territory, requires building spaces of respectful and more effective dialogue through listening and sharing. Initial results show that open dialogue helps bridging different epistemologies and ontologies for the co-construction of knowledge on social and environmental problems in a multi-ethnic country like Bolivia. More effective dialogue could be the leverage point to connect multiple perspectives and world views. The implications for sustainability transformations in building an ideal territorial planning, where all local actors have something to say, open the possibility for a more equitable future
Periode6 feb 20198 feb 2019
Gehouden opLeuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany