Comparative research on public interest scenario projects in Brazil

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I seek funding from the Kellogg Institute for a trip to São Paulo, Brazil; the purpose of the trip is to interview organizers, facilitators, and participants in public interest scenario workshops that took place from 2013-2016 focusing on the future of democracy, civil society, and education in Brazil and Latin America. I seek to understand the context and motivations for these projects, the techniques for deliberation and debate that were used in the scenario workshops, and the effects they have had (if any) on public discourse, on politics and policy change, and on the careers and networks of participants. This research will contribute to my book, Futures in Contention, which examines the role of futures thinking and foresight methods in transnational debates and interventions related to democracy, development, peacebuilding and climate change.