Organizing Hope
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Organizing Hope

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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Chapter 17: Good labour: Affirmative work awareness and hope

Małgorzata Ćwikła

Abstract

Work is a phenomenon that enriches human life and adds profound meaning to it. It is not only about being able to support yourself and your family but also about having a sense of doing something valuable. The chapter is devoted to good yet often forgotten elements of work. It presents the perspective of a selected group of employees who were asked to describe only what is positive about their job. As it turned out, the task was inspiring and creative, and the research participants willingly abandoned their usual compulsion to complain, surprised to find out how much good they were able to see in their work. This affirmative attempt to move away from trends fixated on the negative factors at work leads to the notion of hope, understood here as one of the tools used to design the future of work and to voice the individual needs and aspirations of employees.

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