The Myth Gap

What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough

Alex Evans

Once upon a time our society was rich in stories. They united us and helped us to understand the world and ourselves. We called them myths.
Today, we have a myth gap.
Does that matter? Alex Evans argues powerfully and persuasively that it does. In this time of global crisis and transition– mass migration, inequality, resource scarcity, and climate change - it is only by finding new myths, those that speak to us of renewal and restoration, that we will navigate our way to a better future. It is stories, rather than facts and pie-charts,that have the power to animate us and bring us together in to change the world.
Drawing on his first-hand experience as a political adviser within British government and at the United Nations, and examining the history of climate change campaigning and recent contests such as Brexit and the US presidential election, Alex Evans explores:
*how tomorrow’s activists are using narratives for change,
* how modern stories have been used and abused,
* where we might find the right myths that will take us from a dark age of uncertainty towards the broad, sunlit uplands that we all seek.

  • Transworld Digital
  • Published 12th January 2017
  • 176 Pages