Social Complexity as Narrative Dynamics
Narratives are both stable, coherent and homeostatic---they persist over time, often independent of the conditions "on the ground." They can resist change. AND they can evolve, self-organize, and change, responding to circumstances and conditions.
Given that conflict is all too often a function of two or more very stable narratives that resist change, replicating themselves across social and political landscapes, how can we support the evolution of these narratives? How can they move towards a new stability, one that would support new relationships between conflicting parties?
The Narrative Laboratory at CNCR is conducting experiments, modeling the dynamics of narrative evolution, as well as building models from case study research, breaking new ground in narrative science.