Narratives for a Better Future
Edited by Daniel Ericsson and Monika Kostera
Crumbling social institutions, disintegrating structures, and a profound sense of uncertainty are the signs of our time. In this book, this contemporary crisis is explored and illuminated, providing narratives that suggest how the notion of hope can be leveraged to create powerful methods of organizing for the future. Chapters first consider theoretical and philosophical perspectives on hopeful organizing, followed by both empirical discussions about achieving change and more imaginative narratives of alternative and utopian futures, including an exploration of the differing roles of work, creativity, idealism, inclusivity and activism.
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- Organizing Hope
- Introduction: Organizing hope: Narratives for a better future
- Chapter 1: Hopeful organizing in the crucible of the interregnum
- Chapter 2: Alternative futures: ‘Hope is a thing with feathers’
- Chapter 3: The utopian quest for an alternative
- Chapter 4: Epimethean hope or Promethean expectation? The role of organisational behaviour
- Chapter 5: Transforming work into “play”: Genuine conversations as hope for meaningful organizational change
- Chapter 6: Hope in business organizing for societal progress: Three narratives
- Chapter 7: Post-Pandoran hope for moving wisely beyond the neo-Promethean Anthropocene
- Chapter 8: ‘Hope-full purpose’: Time, oblivion, and the strange attractors of Pandora’s box
- Chapter 9: Against organization – farewell to hope?
- Chapter 10: Idealists and dreamers: Struggling for more resilient communities via alternative organisations
- Chapter 11: Cadriste (R)Evolution
- Chapter 12: The hope of discomfort: Using democratic citizenship education for transformative learning
- Chapter 13: Technologies of the commune: A bridge over troubled water?
- Chapter 14: “Dad, Do Not Cry”: Imagination and creativity on their own terms in inclusive cities and communities
- Chapter 15: Street performances in hope for the future of the urban sphere: Human interaction, self-realization and emotive enactment
- Chapter 16: There is hope in organizing: Dialogic imagination against linearity
- Chapter 17: Good labour: Affirmative work awareness and hope
- Chapter 18: Actors of goodness and hope in action
- Postscript: Avalanche
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