Five young Pakistanis receive Global Futures Fellowship

Pukhtun Nama Report

PESHAWAR: The Metafuture School awarded scholarships to five Pakistani young scholars to develop their skills in futures studies and transformative foresight.

The participants who succeeded in receiving the Global Futures Fellowship from Pakistan are, Muhammad Mudabbir Majid, Muhammad Moosa Hashim, Alina Salman, Hisham Sajid and Anum Qasim.

The winners of the fellowship have been nominated by AGAHI for their dedication and hard work, while excelling in their professional careers, creating social dividends for the communities they work in.

Sohail Inayatullah, founder and Chief Instructor of the Metafuture School said that the fellowship intends to develop the skills of selected youth and could play role in developing country.

“These projects can be about personal futures i.e. inner transformation or about broad external transformations, such as, the futures of water, or clean cities, of peer to peer solar networks or about national and global issues such as climate change 2050 or Asia 2050,” he said adding that they hope that selected youth will work within Pakistan to broader futures of community to make a difference.

On the occasion, Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder and President AGAHI, the flagship research institution on Futures and Foresight research in Pakistan said that he is very excited about encouraging young generation of Pakistanis to focus on Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight adding that they were able to nominate some of the most brilliant minds from the country and hope to expand the nomination process in 2021.

He said that the institutions approach to futures thinking and practice (theories, methods, tools and processes) is based on the “Six Pillars” model which inquiries into alternative and preferred futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them adding that this online school is dedicated to making futures studies aka “strategic foresight” work accessible to as many people around the world as possible so that we can transform the future together.

He said that over 200 individuals have taken the course so far. Organizations including the Australian National Disability Services, UN ESCAP, and many others have been part of these courses.

He stated that Metafuture is an educational think tank that explores alternative and preferred futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Through presentations, workshops and research, Metafuture helps local and global organizations and institutions create alternative and preferred futures. It is hosted by Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojević.