Narratives are about seeking to get answers to 3 scenarios:
What future do we face?
What future do we want?
What must we do to get there?
What Narratives Do:
Narratives have carved the paths of history;
Our narratives also bring out the best in us.
For decades now, we’ve been destabilizing the world,
Failed to imagine the consequences of our actions on our societies & our biosphere,
Which they are connected. Now, following this failure and the stark realization of what it has entailed,
Need to do just the opposite: rely on power of imagination to get us out of the holes we’ve dug ourselves.
It is incumbent upon us to imagine the contours of a more equitable and sustainable world.
Imagination being boundless, the variety of social, economic, and political solutions is infinite.
Global solutions begin with the right story or narrative;
Narratives shape our perceptions, form our realities & influence our choice.
When its infinite possibilities are harnessed, imagination corresponds to a superpower
Literature about narratives makes it clear that we think, act, & communicate in terms of narratives,
We must understand the model of how the world operates begins with a story.
Provide the context in which the facts we observe can be interpreted, understood, & acted upon
Equate much more than the stories we tell, write, or illustrate figuratively;
End up being the truths, or the ideas we accept as truths,
Underpins the perceptions that shape our “realities”
In the process forms our cultures & societies
People are engaged in elaborating novel and imaginative ideas, products, & strategies.
Are developing new ventures, start-ups, economic policies, or mammoth projects
So doing, create and shape the future.
These original ideas translate into narratives that produce models
Influences behavior and help construct the future.
Ultimately, become instruments of policy & project market power;
1) POWER OF THE NARRATIVE – https://nautil.us/the-power-of-narrative-15975/
2) Klaus Schwab, founder and executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Thierry Malleret, founder of the Monthly Barometer,
Wrote “”COVID-19: The Great Reset” is a guide for anyone who wants to understand how COVID-19 disrupted our social and economic systems,
What changes will be needed to create a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable world going forward.