New Book: Prout in Power (2017)

Prout in Power: Policy Solutions that Reframe Our Futures By Sohail Inayatullah Proutist Bloc India Publications, New Delhi, 2017   Created in the late 1950s by the Indian philosopher, mystic, and social activist P.R. Sarkar, Prout or the Progressive Utilization Theory is not only a theory of social change and transformed leadership, but an alternative […]

Sample Chapters from Prout In Power (2017)

Ehealth Futures for Bangladesh http://www.metafuture.org/pdf/ehealthbanladesh.pdf The Futures of Higher Education http://www.metafuture.org/pdf/futureshighered.pdf Arab Spring Scenarios http://www.metafuture.org/pdf/arabspring.pdf The Futures of Crime and Prison http://www.metafuture.org/pdf/crimeandprisons.pdf Social Movements and Strategy http://www.metafuture.org/Articles/Transformative%20strategy%20for%20the%20Prout%20movement%2015%20may%202009.pdf Democratic Governance Asia 2030 http://www.metafuture.org/pdf/democraticgovernanceasia.pdf   These are earlier (draft) versions of chapters, for the final (published) version click here: Prout in Power (2017) (PDF)       […]

Prout Indicators (2011)

Questions To Ask New Movements/Organizations/Revolutions/State and Corporate Policies  By Sohail Inayatullah[1]  While PROUT as a theoretical framework is quite sophisticated, as a methodology for policy development and for evaluating revolutions, social movements, it remains comparatively undeveloped. This note articulates PROUT as method. The questions posed can be used as a check list to determine how […]

Expanding Economic Thinking: Shrii Sarkar and Amartya Sen (2004)

By Sohail Inayatullah There is a general sense of exuberance that with the recent Nobel award going to a social welfare economist the trend away from financial markets being primary has been validated by the economics profession. It is thus heartening that the Nobel Committee has finally discovered the People’s economy. We say finally because […]

Notes on PROUT Policy on Intervention (2003)

Sohail Inayatullah Prout supports intervention in sovereign nation states by a duly created world body. It rejects intervention by particular nation-states, even broad based coalitions. This is largely as the self-interests of nation-states (geo-political control, resource and ideology control) go against the self-interests of the planet. Ideologically, Prout rejects the UN as such a world […]

A Proutist View of the Futures of South Asia: Steps to a Confederation (2003)

By Sohail Inayatullah While we are all aware why we do not have peace in south asia, there is a paucity of explorations on how to create a better future. The lack of peace defined as both individual peace (inner contentment), social-psychological peace (how we see the Other), structural peace (issues of justice, particularly territorial […]

Reclaiming Community: Histories and Futures (2001)

By Sohail Inayatullah I start out with a simple question: 1. Who are the carriers of the codes of the future? In the middle ages, interestingly enough, it is the exact social formation many of us find troubling today. I quote extensively from Macrohistorian Johan Galtung. Thus a class of burghers (living behind the burg, behind […]

Locating Sarkar: Economy, Epistemology, and Social Theory (1999)

From Sohail Inayatullah, Situating Sarkar: Tantra, Macrohistory and Alternative Futures. Maleny, Gurukul Publications 1999. Finding Sarkar’s works exemplary because of his ability to resolve classical economic, epistemological and social contradictions, in this essay, we locate the works of P.R. Sarkar within a range of discursive schemes, and, at the same time, I attempt to reveal […]

Civilization, Leadership and Inclusive Democracy (1999)

By Sohail Inayatullah In the context of civilizational approaches to economy and polity, this essay explores models of leadership. These models include: the taoist-sage; the tantric-sadvipra; the islamic-caliph and the western-liberal. The potential of these ideal-types to decline to evil is discussed, particularly when they evolve outside of democracy and inclusiveness. Leadership is considered the […]