Six Antenarrative Questions Behind Storytelling

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  1. WHO BENEATH plots our abstracting narrative roles? We have an example in New York Times Nov 24 2019. “Every one is playing their assigned role in a  drama where the ending seems knowing in advance as the House of Representatives heads toward a likely party line vote to impeach the president, followed by a Senate trial which will not convict him.”  This is the usual dialectic of narrative-counternarrative playing out in US politics. It’s two monologics in opposition See Bakhtin (1973, p. 12) “…narrative genres are always enclosed in a solid and unshakable monological framework. ”Theoretic narrative posits mono-system-wholeness, mergedness, representational coherence, and finalizedness. His counter-move is to treat story as a dialogic; what he terms the “polyphonic manner of the story” (Bakhtin 1973, p. 60).”
  2. WHICH BETS are futuring now? The futures are arriving, several at once, and we can prepare in advance for ones we want to help manifest.
  3. WHEN future’s REHISTORICIZING BEFORE?  My theory of time is with each bet on the future, a prism of diffracting opens to shine light on a history to justify it.
  4. WHAT lies BEYOND flashes of intuition? For Kant the Beyond was in the universal hereafter, but for Hegel the spirit manifests in-the-world. Marx ignored spirit for the material conditions. Me I am a shamanic apprentice, so there are many lower and upper world spirits that manifest.
  5. WHERE’s the grounding BETWEEN living stories? Living stories are, for me, always indigenous ways of being (IWOB) and indigenous ways of knowing (IWOK). Some poststructuralists such as Mikhail Bakhtin noticed the polyphonic dialogism of [living] stories and how narratives are always monologic. We are between other dialogisms: stylistics, chronotopic, and architectonic (has ways of moving beyond Kant’s cognitive architectonic).
  6. WHY we’re all BECOMING answerable to Heart-of-Care?  As a young man Mikhail Bakhtin wrote about the difference between the bystander (special) answerability and a moral answerability to intervene in wrong-doing when we are the person there in the once-occurrent event-ness of Being.

These six antenarrative questions help get us to all that is pre-narrative and pre-story, out of which the grand narratives and the living stories become constituted. At Cabrini University we worked on an Iceberg way of developing the 6 B’s of Antenarrative.

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Grace Ann and I just returned from France. Here are some slide sets from France:

How Storytelling Ethics can Restory Your Life Nov 22 2019 Pairs ESCE with Veterans and Horse Cases of Self-Correcting Storytelling Science

Click Here to go to November 22 2019 ESCE University Paris presentation by Grace Ann Rosile & David Boje of the Gold Mine Case using the 6 B’s

Click Here for Slides From The Pairs Presentation to Faculty of ESCE University on Nov 21 2019 by David Boje, Grace Ann Rosile, & Andani Thakhathi : WHY STORYTELLING IS IMPORTANT TO PARIS BUSINESS SCHOOLS!

Slides for: What is new in ‘storytelling science’ that could avert the 6th Extinction?  (November 14, 2019) presentation to the Storytelling symposium session is planned on Thursday, Nov 14, at 10h30 till 12h, room1102, at Kedge Kedge Business School (Adresse : 680 cours de la Libération 33405 Talence) symposium at the Annual meting of the Association of Human Resource Management in France (AGRH”), Bordeaux France.

We went to France directly from presentations at Cabrini ( and Western Carolina University (

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Grace Ann and I played Angel and Devil roles to get at the ethical dynamics of storytelling.

  1. RULE BASED ETHICS: Kant’s Categorical Imperative to Follow the Commandments to the letter. The weakness some have noted is that its about individuals, and can be a way of not attending to the social.
  2. UTILITARIAN ETHICS: Jeremy Bentham (1748- 1832) mentored John Stuart Mill (1806- 1873). To me, it’s become a Darwinian ethics thanks to Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) whose theory of evolution was the rich deserve God’s riches and the poor a life of misery. Utilitarians claim it’s best not to intervene since ‘hell is paved with good intentions’ about helping the poor. Social Darwinism was used to justify political conservatism, imperialism, and racism and to discourage intervention and reform.
  3. VIRTUE ETHICS: Aristotle’s ethics covers honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, fidelity, integrity, fairness, self-control, prudence, and so on. Aristotle named it Nicomachean Ethics after his father, see on line at
  4. ANSWERABILITY ETHICS: Mikhail Bakhtin broke with the Kantians because individual(ism) rules, virtue seeking and utilitarianism are not systemic enough. For Bakhtin there are two kinds of answerability: (1) the bystander who stands around watching misery and doing absolutely nothing about it; (2) the moral answerability of the intervenor, who is there and has some way to help by being in the once-occurrent event-ness of Being.