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The Culture Hack Curriculum

Introduction to Narratives

Revolutionary greetings and welcome to your introduction to narratives. In this module we will understand and unpack narratives from a Culture Hack perspective. Remember our definition of culture as “the normative values and belief systems that coordinate human activity”? Well, narratives are the principal manifestation of culture.

The first thing you will learn is how to identify and distinguish between narratives, their narrative form and the narrative spaces within which they exist.

We will then move on to understand the four principles of narrative forms

  1. The first principle holds that they have a visible material layer. 
  2. The second principle holds that it also has a hidden virtual layer. 
  3. The third principle holds that narrative forms are produced by their interaction between the material and virtual layers.
  4. And finally the fourth principle holds that narratives are always in interaction with other narratives.

By the end of this module, you should be able to analyze the component parts of a narrative form. 


  1. Narratives are interpretive social structures that frame our experience and function to bring meaning to everyday reality, guiding our actions and decisions. 
  2. Narrative forms are complex, adaptive, evolutionary systems. They are alive. They are born, can evolve, mutate, terminate and converge with other narrative forms within a specific environment or cultural context. Narrative forms drive how we collectively make sense of our reality.
  3. Narrative spaces are models of the relationships between narrative forms within a time frame. Through this model we can understand their interactions and dynamics.