Plural / Pluriel was a collective dedicated to pluralism in the digital world (London and Paris, 2017 – 2022).
Pluralism is the belief that diversity of opinions, ways of life and value systems is beneficial to society.
I created the collective because I was and I’m still convinced that it is not only possible to live with our differences in the digital age, but that coexistence of social, cultural and economic alternatives is the best protection against self-alienation.
Digitalization is much more than a technological phenomenon. It is the most disruptive force of our time and has as much to do with philosophy and social change than software engineering.
The collective was not affiliated to any political party. A pluralistic society can only be achieved through the necessary criticism of power structures. And our independence was thus vital.
Sadly, pluralism in its purest philosophical form (I’m not talking about prescribed diversity and neoliberalism) is a concept that is not playing the role it should in today’s public debates. What are climate change, widening social inequality and the rise of extremism if not the consequences of lack of perspective, after all?
We were unable make a big enough impact. But pluralism is not dead yet.
I have transferred most of our research and analysis to this website to ensure that it remains publicly available. And I’m still developing my personal thoughts and conducting research on the topic .
Iva Šokičić took over our meetup group and keeps organising virtual roundtables.
Please visit the website of our former members who continue to promote pluralism in their own unique ways.
Former Plural Members
Btihaj Ajana, researcher, London
Philippa Bowe, activist, France
Lyralen Kaye, activist, Toronto
Federica Lucivero, researcher, London
Dalila Madjid, lawyer, Paris
Jean-Lucien Mazeau, entrepreneur, Paris
Lukas à Porta, author, Paris
Shane Saunderson, author, Toronto
Iva Šokičić, freelance researcher, Zagreb