Australian philosopher Ivan Illich once said,
“Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a powerful new tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story, one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step….If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.”
Stories have power. They invite us into a new way of seeing the world, even our own lives. Think about it. We don’t describe past events or experiences from our lives through facts or bulleted memorandums. We tell stories. Why? People best relate to stories. Stories have the power to move us. Stories have the power to draw us in to a new vision of a better life.
It would be easy to believe that companies don’t tell our stories. Most of us believe that companies exist only to make money or accomplish goals related to the bottom-line of a profit and loss statement. Yet, companies focused solely on dollars and cents still tell a story, one that often speaks to getting and gaining. At TYGES we want to tell a different story. We want to tell a more redemptive story, one that offers a vision of what life can be when lived for something more than profit and loss statements. We want to tell a story that speaks of hope, compassion and the power of self-giving community. And in the world of business, even recruiting, this means telling an alternative story–one much different than the those companies usually tell. With that said, we would like to introduce you to a new feature on our blog called, “Alternative Stories of Redemption and Hope.”
For years TYGES International has contributed to a variety of needs present within our local community as we’ve partnered with others making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Our hope has always been to play a small role in redeeming what seems irredeemable or at the very least offer glimpses of hope to those struggling to see through the darkness of suffering. In God’s grace we have been blessed to do so quietly, and honestly, we have preferred it this way. However, after talking it over as a team we decided that we should tell these stories, not to lift up TYGES International but rather the organizations, agencies and non-profit companies working tirelessly to tell an alternative story of good news and hope in what often seems to be a bad-news-oriented world. We want to join them in both telling and writing alternative stories that speak of redemption and hope as we bring awareness to issues that affect our society, issues like cancer, poverty, homelessness, autism awareness, addiction and others. We will do this by telling the stories we’ve learned first hand through our various community partnerships.
Our hope is that this feature will compel you to play your part in telling an alternative story as you explore creative ways to partner with organizations, agencies and companies like the ones we will introduce to you.
And we cannot wait to tell our first one next week!