We’ve taken a standpoint on the state of our world. It is a world where problem-saturated narratives dominate and where healthy, perspective opening and possibility-generating alternative narratives are not given their place. This is an ethical standpoint. Shifting this power balance is ultimately what re:humanisation is about.
We’re disturbed by how individuals are disconnected from their ‘selves’ and are stuck in living out problem-saturated narratives. We want to help people re:author their stories.
We’re saddened by the state of teams in modern organisations. The typical team story is one of disconnectedness from each other, from team objectives and health. We want to be helping teams uncover their un-said narratives that limit their performance and co-partner in the re:authoring of new team narratives that improve effectiveness.
Modern organisations are experienced as places of subtle yet profound de:humanisation. They are not places of belonging and all too often resemble an un-community where humanity, passion, meaning and depth are missing in the organisation’s narrative. We want to participate in the re:claiming of humanity in the workplace and re:imagining the organisational narrative.
Narrative work and complexity thinking also have significance for the challenges we face on a societal level. Communities are struggling with local issues that rob them of humanity. We want to play a part in re:claiming humanity on a community level.
And so, through the promise of narrative work and complexity thinking, employees who are desperate to be heard by management are finding solace in being able to share their stories. Managers are discovering a new world of possibility as an array of novel solutions to their challenges arise through applying complexity principles. CEO’s are finding ways of sensing the pulse of their business through storygathering processes while also paying attention to traditional metrics. Traditional researchers are seeing that the quantitative-qualitative divide can be bridged by new narrative research methods. Institutions that disregarded the state of humanity are now seeing a turnaround in their productivity as they allow all levels of staff discover meaning and purpose in their work.