The narrative of the individual has been central in our culture since the start of the Enlightenment. Each person is raised to become autonomous and high-achieving, resulting in achievements in science, technology, and education.
But the individual narrative has also created a world of power and privilege, inequality and trauma—for example, the high divorce rate, political conflict, and instability within the family.
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A paradigm is a mental model or a frame of reference. A paradigm is a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitute the way of seeing reality.
Paradigm shifts do not happen by themselves. They are driven by agents of change - scientific, cultural, and philosophical. Paradigms change when they can no longer hold the new experiences, perceptions, or discoveries.
The concept of self-help still dominates the mainstream. However, we cannot continue along our current path. We are at a place where either the system collapses or a new paradigm arises.
It appears that we are moving towards a new paradigm where we embrace the whole instead of only the parts - where the relationship is at the front instead of the individual.
A new paradigm shift from the age of the individual to the age of relationship is witnessed. We are born in relationships, live in relationships, suffer in relationships, and are changed in relationships.
This new view of relational well-being, where the welfare of one is dependent on the welfare of all, encourages collaboration, co-creation, and cooperation. It is equal and healing.
Narrative structure is the way forward in the modern meeting environment.
Amazon does things differently. At the start of each meeting, each participant reads a narratively-structured six-page memo. This memo doesn’t carry the writer’s name. In many cases, its creation is a team effort.
The idea is to create a study hall environment at the beginning of the meeting. Everyone sits in silence to read and absorb the ideas tucked away in the memo’s narrative. Then, they start the meeting in earnest by jumping straight into the discussion.
That’s the key difference that memo culture offers. Meetings no longer involve one person standing in front of a group and presenting a bunch of dry facts. Instead, participants extract context and meaning from the memo, as well as key data.
Production of new TV content has increased exponentially since the last decade, due to a variety of streaming platforms competing against each other and a whole lot of channels on the air.
But paradoxically, cultural consumption is moving towards the tried and tested classic programs and series, which seem comforting, familiar and a safe bet.
It seems that recently the idea of 'self' as in 'self-love', 'self-made', 'self-care' etc. has been gaining more and more importance especially in the Western culture.
While the self can be perceived as both an internal and external entity connected to the outside world, one should be aware of the fact that the we learn to love ourselves only by being loved by others and vice versa.
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