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Narrative the untold story



paper given by Jim Bright and Robert Pryor at the CDAA international careers conference in Cairns, April 28th 2011

paper given by Jim Bright and Robert Pryor at the CDAA international careers conference in Cairns, April 28th 2011



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  • Narrative:the untold story Robert Pryor Jim Bright ACU
  • Once upon a time...Dominance of constructivismNarrative as the sin qua non
  • there was a narrative...Telling stories Narrative identity, Storied futureProcess Construction, Deconstruction Co- construction
  • and everybody said the narrative was verystrong... “natural” “simple” active, agentic, creative metaphors collaboration “life themes” evaluate self-talk inventing a future – “next chapter”.
  • they were all agreed...almost no critical voicesneed for evaluation
  • because it made sense... Linearity equates to causality Control or mastery self-evidently important Reinforces rationality - the “reason” for acting
  • then one day the story wentout into the world... reality is “messy” loose ends the inexplicable non-linearity – the Butterfly Effect human action is overdetermined (Peck) consequences can be multidimensional (e.g. accidents) unplanned/chance events omitted rationalized
  • and people wonderedwhether the story was true validity lies, delusions, fallacies (Taleb’s Turkey) reliability change, time, context (auditors)
  • was the story all thought andno action? privileging epistemology over ontology “external” reality - opportunity structure, finance, labour market, legal constraints, obligations/commitments, implementation consciousness plus action
  • so the story went to see acounsellor who changed it Counsellor interpretation Return of the expert
  • what did the story think thatothers wanted from it? Self awareness “what I do not know I do not know”, demand for fluency, cf other techniques eg collage, emphasis on individuality culturally bound authority, social/cooperative
  • and they all agreed that... Narrative valuable Do not neglect complementary techniques Complexity Edge of chaos
  • and all the techniques livedchaotically and uncertaintlyever after... THE NEVER END (BUT LIMITED)