Across the African diaspora, the concept of African Renaissance has long been a source of inspiration, envisioned by generations of political leaders, activists, scholars and artists. Birthed by the Pan-African movement during the global struggle against western imperialism, the concept encapsulates a fervent aspiration for a new era of cultural, economic, and spiritual restoration, where the continent would transcend the enduring legacies of slavery and colonialism by constructing a revitalised civilisation rooted in its ancestral philosophical paradigm. By the turn of the next century, Africa is projected to account for nearly half of the world’s population, with over half of its inhabitants below the age of 25. This demographic shift will propel Nigeria to the forefront of the global stage, surpassing both India and China in population. These transformative changes will not only reshape the global geopolitical order but also place Africa at the heart of the world’s trajectory. While this transformation presents a wealth of new opportunities, it also poses unprecedented challenges.
Building upon the spirit of the Pan-Africanist leader Thomas Sankara’s profound words, ‘Everything that we can imagine, we can create,’ how can the global African diaspora harness the transformative power of human imagination to envision a future that transcends boundaries?
THE GLOBAL MAPPING OF DREAMS
Starting in March 2024, polymath artist and futurist Pierre-Christophe Gam will launch the Global Mapping of Dreams (GMD) — a groundbreaking, digital-native prospective investigation that engages the global African diaspora in the radical reimagination of the Pan-African renaissance. The GMD will utilize TOGUNA World’s framework to catalyze and facilitate an ambitious transcontinental conversation on Black futures.
Conceived during Pierre-Christophe Gam’s fellowship at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and artist residency at the Penn Center for Inclusive Innovation and Technology (UPENN), the GMD will bring together a diverse collective of visionary dreamers, thinkers, and doers from various disciplines, including art, design, technology, science, agriculture, and religion. Through a series of immersive collective dreaming exercises, these participants will embark on a journey of shared imagination, shaping a vision for the future of Africa.
A GLOBAL THINK / DREAM-TANK
In collaboration with the Penn Center for Inclusive Innovation and Technology (PCIIT), the collective visions and aspirations gathered through the GMD will undergo rigorous analysis. Led by Pierre-Christophe Gam and researchers from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), this meticulous examination will uncover profound and invaluable insights into society’s priorities and aspirations, providing a blueprint for crafting initiatives that address real-world community needs for more inclusive and sustainable futures.
The findings will be disseminated on Togunaworld.com, enriched with insightful essays, engaging podcast discussions, bespoke art, and films designed to ignite inspiration and provoke thought, encouraging a new generation of dreamers towards positive action.
The GMD stands as a groundbreaking installation that merges art, spirituality, and foresight. This visionary project bridges the realms of art, technology, and academic research, fostering active engagement among communities across the African diaspora in the radical reimagination of our world. Serving as an innovative Think/Dream tank, it provides an inclusive and expansive platform for profound cross-cultural discourse on the Pan-African Renaissance. The GMD is firmly rooted in the belief that only by transcending the boundaries of our present reality and embracing the boundless potential of our imagination can we create a world where justice, equity and shared prosperity prevail.
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