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Better Stories Needed: How Meaningful Narratives can Transform the World

Better Stories Needed: How Meaningful Narratives can Transform the World Humanist Manag J (2017) 2:1–6 DOI 10.1007/s41463-017-0027-5 EDITORIAL Better Stories Needed: How Meaningful Narratives can Transform the World 1,2 Michael Pirson Published online: 12 October 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 The world is going through major upheaval and many people feel drawn to despair (Pirson 2017a, b). As George Monbiot and others suggest our current problems, as intractable as they may seem, rather point to our lack of imagination. It looks like we are experiencing the phase preceding a major paradigm shift and all the crises that go along with it (Kuhn 1996). The dominant paradigm cannot explain the social anomalies and it appears as if outside events such as terrorist attacks, extreme weather or political unrest force our mindsets to shift. As a typical reaction to such threats, people across the world turn to the old and more familiar paradigms hoping to find comfort. The elections of strongmen across the globe show that humanity’stribal instincts have kicked into overdrive. Because we lack an alternative narrative that features a universal purpose in a world of globalization, many people seek solace in the soothing stories of a seemingly glorious tribal past. However, our human need for community and purpose http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Humanistic Management Journal Springer Journals

Better Stories Needed: How Meaningful Narratives can Transform the World

Humanistic Management Journal , Volume 2 (1): 6 – Oct 1, 2017

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Springer Journals
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2017 Springer International Publishing AG
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2366-603X
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2366-6048
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10.1007/s41463-017-0027-5
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Humanist Manag J (2017) 2:1–6 DOI 10.1007/s41463-017-0027-5 EDITORIAL Better Stories Needed: How Meaningful Narratives can Transform the World 1,2 Michael Pirson Published online: 12 October 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 The world is going through major upheaval and many people feel drawn to despair (Pirson 2017a, b). As George Monbiot and others suggest our current problems, as intractable as they may seem, rather point to our lack of imagination. It looks like we are experiencing the phase preceding a major paradigm shift and all the crises that go along with it (Kuhn 1996). The dominant paradigm cannot explain the social anomalies and it appears as if outside events such as terrorist attacks, extreme weather or political unrest force our mindsets to shift. As a typical reaction to such threats, people across the world turn to the old and more familiar paradigms hoping to find comfort. The elections of strongmen across the globe show that humanity’stribal instincts have kicked into overdrive. Because we lack an alternative narrative that features a universal purpose in a world of globalization, many people seek solace in the soothing stories of a seemingly glorious tribal past. However, our human need for community and purpose

Journal

Humanistic Management JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 1, 2017

Keywords: Ethics; Quality of Life Research

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