Six Shamanic Concepts

Six Shamanic Concepts from Jose Ramos on Vimeo.

My students at the University of Sunshine Coast were intrigued by Prof Marcus Bussey’s Six Shamanic Concepts – yet they found it a challenging read and wanted a more accessible bridge to the ideas.

I promised them that I would interview Marcus and ask him about the idea, in a way that was more directly related to the practice of futures / foresight.

The six concepts are a coherent philosophical system for transformation and emancipatory foresight work. The idea include:

  1. geophilosophy;
  2. rhizome;
  3. intercivilisational dialogue;
  4. heterotopia;
  5. immanence; and
  6. hybridity.

They draw from broad influences but have anchors in critical theory, post-structuralism, and post colonial development discourse, among many others.

Filming and editing in the end proved logistically and technically challenging – as I was a solo interviewer / technician – I had various audio and video issues arise and the editing was dogged by poor software and my own time and skill limitations.

But the result is a watchable and a very interesting version of the Six Shamanic Concepts, with some technical rough spots attributed to my own lack of skill. I pushed Marcus to apply his ideas to the practice of foresight, who responded with a rather brilliant explanations of how it applies. He navigates the ideas like a skilled captain amid a sea of heterotopic possibilities.













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