via John Hagel..

For me, narratives are related to, but different from, stories.  Stories are self-contained – they have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Narratives on the other hand are open-ended – the outcome is unresolved, yet to be determined.  Stories are also about me, the story-teller, or other people; they’re not about you.  In contrast, the resolution of narratives depends on the choice you make and the actions you take – you will determine the outcome and you are therefore an integral part of the narrative.

Now, not all of us will be drawn equally to any particular narrative. But narratives can become bright beacons calling us to reflect on whether the opportunity being framed is one that is meaningful to us as individuals. They are powerful antidotes to the institutions and practices we have today that discourage and ultimately squash passion in their quest for predictability, standardization and tight specification of all the actions we must take. They call us to re-connect with the passion we all felt as children and to move from the passion of the player that most of us had as kids to the passion of the explorer, motivating us to make a long-term commitment to a specific domain.

via post on narrative dancing with passion

narrative and passion


resonating with narrative for 100% of humanity

how to be you. if we’re after equity (ie: everyone getting a go) .. access to a narrative (for getting a go) needs to be 100% accessible. the most equitably accessible narrative – is the one on each person’s heart. that’s where the narrative we need is.. and we have to trust that. a narrative for 100% of humanity begs to be grounded in that. (ie: the ability to read, or to read a lengthy/academic agenda, or to understand a certain language, or to get to a place to hear the message/narrative, or to acquire some label/credential first … is not equitable from the get go. and today, it’s especially a tragedy be\cause tech can facilitate 7 billion+  curiosities. an equitable narrative. every day.)