Story power

Written by David Korten

Just as fabricated stories are an instrument of social control, so authentic stories are an instrument of liberation.  As the fabricated story that there is no alternative to the capitalist system is replaced by the New Economy story that it is possible to create a world of strong communities and living economies, people begin organizing to make the new story a reality in the places where they live.

Corporations command the power of money.  Governments command the coercive power of the police and military.  The power of civil society is the power of authentic values and aspirations communicated through stories of possibility.

David Korten, Agenda for a New Economy, 2d. ed., p.252

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