Sahana is the founder of Pluriversal Planet, an amplifier of the ‘movement’ aimed at shifting the current narrative based on the universal myth of progress, the myth of human centrality, and the myth of separation from nature to one that is regenerative and founded on the pluriversal principles of ‘a world where many worlds fit.’
The core of her work is to be a scribe, steward, and amplifier to a regenerative future founded on the philosophies and ontology of Pluriversality (myriad ways of being and relating with the universe), Interbeing (our profound interconnection), and Emergence (the realization of a constantly evolving complex, and intelligent Universe).
She envisions a future founded on the bedrock of these principles with a focus on the paradigm shifts needed in organizations and leadership as well as in the individual and collective conscience and consciousness.
She does this through writing, speaking, facilitating, catalyzing, and coaching. She also designs and holds spaces for generative and fearless dialogues as containers and crucibles for the new narratives to emerge. Her articles on these themes can be found here.
She believes that advancing the collective intelligence and sensemaking capacity is foundational to the transformation and evolution of any civilization, organization, team, or community. This necessitates acquiring capabilities that our traditional systems do not provide; hence, a shift from intended learning to emergent, transformational learning is critical both for the individual and the collective (organizations, communities, teams).
It is also necessary to deal with the unique risks we currently face given the intersection of globalization and exponential technology alongside simultaneous systems collapse, as evinced with the pandemic. She partners with organizations, teams, and individuals willing to undertake this pilgrim’s journey of transformative learning and move towards regenerative ways of being and operating in the face of uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity, and chaos.
She dialogues and speaks publicly on many of these topics like, On Emergence, Befriending Uncertainty, Leadership as a Quest, Catalyzing the Future, Organizations as Living Systems, and such, hoping to amplify and deepen important conversations and engage more people in working towards co-creating a future different from the past. Many of these dialogues can be found here.
She’s a certified organization development and change professional, coach, facilitator, community manager, learning and development architect, and instructional designer with 18 plus years of experience across global, diverse, and distributed organizations.
She has travelled extensively and presented at various global conferences in the past decade. She left the corporate world in 2016 to explore and enable organizations and leaders to reimagine a different way of being and operating—one that is regenerative and thrivable for all. You can find out about her service offerings here.
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The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A regenerative world—one that works for all—must necessarily be pluriversal. A Pluriverse embodies a world ‘where many worlds fit.’ The current story of growth and development running the show for centuries has collapsed, exposing its papered-over brokenness.
This universalized myth of human progress (Eurocentric and Western) imposed on the world as an objective reality through centuries of imperialism and colonialism has successfully wiped out, marginalized, and delegitimized other myriad ways of being, seeing, doing, and learning. It has posed as the only civilizational narrative available to the detriment of many—human and non-human lives—on this planet.
It is time to liberate our stories from the myth of progress, the myth of human centrality, and the myth of our separation from ‘nature.’ These myths are all the more dangerous and insidious because we have forgotten they are myths.
It is time to re-claim and re-member other ways of being, seeing, sensing, learning, knowing, and embodying . Construction of the pluriverse is thus an unshackling from all ‘isms’ as well as a de-construction from all forms of colonization, including that of the mind and the imagination.
A pluriverse upends the hegemony of a universal narrative and views the world as an interconnected and interwoven multitude. Myriad cosmologies find a place in this web of life of which the western worldview is merely one. A pluriverse is thus an intersecting and inclusive world of overlapping narratives.
A pluriverse thus accurately represents a living system—complex, diverse, intertwined, interdependent, and interconnected. Profoundly relational. Deeply resilient. Local yet overarchingly global.
A pluriversal world blurs the distinction between the margins or fringes and the center. It’s in a constant state of dynamic equilibrium as ontologies and cosmologies intersect and collide to diverge, merge, converge, and continuously evolve to co-create a world that can hold this ever shifting and transforming ways of being on and with this Planet.
Hence, the concept of pluriverse rejects any attempt at control or dogma. It supersedes all ‘isms’ to embrace the multiverse of ontologies and praxis available. It thus aims to destabilize the colonizing and hegemonic power of any ‘isms;’ it seeks to, instead, become a container and crucible for the myriad ways to inter-relate and co-create. It holds space for the unheard, unseen, unknown, and unacknowledged narratives to come together, lay the foundations, and weave the new narratives of a Pluriversal Planet.
The journey towards a truly regenerative future has no known trails; the paths can only be made by walking, being, and embodying our truths as individuals and collectives. However, there are compass points we can follow to walk this map-less territory.
We are in the midst of a Great Turning, to quote Joanna Macy.
How can we work together to be co-travelers and participants in this Great Turning?
Three question I ask myself:
~What is mine to do?
~What do I hold with radical tenderness and fierce compassion?
~What enrages me deeply and profoundly?
At the intersection lies my 'work'.
The first step is to decolonize and unshackle our minds and imagination from the imposed, Eurocentric narrative of 'universal' growth and development. Only then is it possible to sense and see the myriad other ways of being on and relating with this Planet. By liberating ourselves from the 'dangers of a single story,' we become free to
The first step is to decolonize and unshackle our minds and imagination from the imposed, Eurocentric narrative of 'universal' growth and development. Only then is it possible to sense and see the myriad other ways of being on and relating with this Planet. By liberating ourselves from the 'dangers of a single story,' we become free to co-create a world that is intricately interwoven and connected.
When myriad cosmologies are accepted and diverse ways of being, learning, relating, and embodying are legitimized, we can move toward 'a world that works for all'. A regen future is essentially one where imposition of any 'ism' or one worldview is rejected. Instead, it embraces multitudes of overlapping narratives founded on the principles of "creating conditions conducive to Life.'
Organizations--based on the principles of living systems and operating from 'life-affirming choices'--can become midwives for a regenerative future. They have the capacity to bring people together around an Evolutionary Purpose, which if guided by principles of regenerative business and regenerative leadership, can create a cohesive impa
Organizations--based on the principles of living systems and operating from 'life-affirming choices'--can become midwives for a regenerative future. They have the capacity to bring people together around an Evolutionary Purpose, which if guided by principles of regenerative business and regenerative leadership, can create a cohesive impact far greater than individuals' efforts. Such organizations can collectively shift the existing paradigms of exploitation, extraction and exclusion.
Inviting you to become a co-traveler of this map-less terrain of the uncertain, the ambiguous.