Chapter 4

The Narrative of Interconnection

“Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet” Kate Raworth

The narrative of interconnection tells us that we are intimately interconnected with nature, with all life, with each other, in a state of ‘interbeing’ – as a part of it.

It is not new. 

It has been around for thousands of years and is still carried by many cultures, particularly indigenous ones, some of whom are the last defenders of the remaining wild places on our planet.

Western civilisation lost sight of this narrative (as far back as Plato), instead choosing to carry the narrative of separation, mostly for what seemed like good reasons at the time.

But today we know that this narrative has allowed us to live beyond our means – to design an economy which currently needs 1.6 planets to sustain it – and is collapsing our ecosystems, and destroying lives to support ‘business as usual’.

We know what the narrative needs to be instead, and we know what design upgrades we need it to help us choose.

The work now is about letting go of that harmful narrative of separation, to instead embrace the healthy narrative of interconnection.

The narrative that will help us redesign our economy as an Economy in Service to Life.

“Those who tell the stories rule the world.”

Hopi American Indian proverb

To do this, we need to find the stories in our culture that are weaving our harmful narrative of separation – what we’re calling ‘horror stories’ – and think about how to evolve them into ‘love stories’, that weave the healthy narrative of interconnection instead.

The next chapters focus on how we can encourage that evolution (get comfy, there’s a lot in them!).

Chapter 5 - Evolving Our Stories »