Moral Imaginations
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Moral Imaginations

New Deep Narratives: we need new stories of what it means to be human

It’s time to accept that an increasingly complex world, we need to adapt to more nuanced stories and resist the urge to hone in on the one that is the most black-or-white.

Darkest Before the Dawn by Andrius Banelis as part of the Reimagining Human Rights project shared under the Creative Commons licence
We Are All Made of Stars by Leena Kisonen as part of the Reimagining Human Rights project shared under the Creative Commons licence

I believe that we are in a period of story break-down, an era that one of my teachers Joanna Macy refers to as the “The Great Unravelling”

As many stories that we held so dear in our near-recent human history are unravelling, the rates of mental health problems are rising.

Don’t Stop Her Flow by Ove Pictures as part of the Reimagining Human Rights project shared under the Creative Commons licence

In a time of greater access to information and an explosion in the choices we have in every decision, it becomes harder to cling on to a simple story that used to be easier to keep making sense.

Stretch by Ivo Doide as part of the Reimagining Human Rights project shared under the Creative Commons licence

Perhaps it’s time to accept that an increasingly complex world we need to adapt to more nuanced stories.

We’re done with a certain phase of our existence, and we’re in that exciting moment of entering into a new way of being human, which requires a new story.

On The Road by Andrius Banelis as part of the Reimagining Human Rights project shared under the Creative Commons licence

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Phoebe Tickell

Cares about the common good. Building capacity for deep systems change. Complexity & ecosystems obsessive. Experiments for everything. 10 yrs #systemsthinking.