What is a Paradigm?

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A mental model that shapes everything you think, feel, and do.
– Brent & Largent. The Paradigm Conspiracy

“To look at our paradigm is to look at the blueprint we’re using to build our world.” -Brent & Largent, p. 5

Think of a Paradigm Shift as a change from one way of thinking to another. It’s a
revolution, a transformation, a sort of metamorphosis. It does not just happen, but rather it is driven by agents of change. When these “paradigms” change, we have a paradigm shift. Such shifts represent a change in the “rules we live by.” Knowing that the shift is occurring and in what direction is a very useful piece of information!

Specifically, this shift can result in institutional change and influence the roles and relationships of women and men regarding race, class, gender and religion.