It is also crucial to understanding how we can develop more creative, collaborative and transformative approaches to work, which we explore in our Work States Futures macrotrend. But the power of awe shouldn’t stop there. When it comes to designing our future hospitals, schools, hybrid workplaces or tech labs, awe’s role and positioning is vital.
Awe, in the final analysis, should still fill us with a sense of mystery and wonder about the world we live in. We should still be asking ourselves: ‘What is the end of awe?’ It is its unifying purpose. ‘Why? Because it integrates us into the systems of life – communities, collectives, the natural environments and forms of culture such as music, art and religion and our minds’ efforts to make sense of all its web of ideas,’ says Keltner. The world in other words, and how we need to come to terms with it.
Awe: The Transformative Power of Everyday Wonder by Dacher Keltner is published by Allen Lane.