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Art of Hosting in the Philippines

Posted by bobstilger on April 17, 2015

About a year and a half ago, New Stories Team Member Valmae Rose introduced me to Juan Kanapi, Jr.  It was just after the devastating Typoon Haiyan and Valmae hoped that my work in Japan’s disasters might offer some insights in the Philippines.  Juan and I started into a series of conversations which included introductions to a number Read full post


Choosing Wellbeing

Posted by bobstilger on April 12, 2015

I recently came across this lovely blog on about the choices we can make in our lives.  It was written for teachers, talking about how to avoid burnout.  But I think it has insights for all of us.  — Bob Stilger Choice #1: Choose to Be Happy First, happiness is a choice. Choose to Read full post


Times and Stories: Reflections from David Spangler

Posted by bobstilger on April 11, 2015

NewStories friend David Spangler recently shared these thoughts about four different times.  I was struck by how these are also four different frames for stories.  Enjoy!  — Bob Stilger A number of years ago I took part in a small conference that had the encouraging title “You Were Born for Such a Time as This!” Read full post


Resilient Japan #57: New Stories for a New Japan

Posted by bobstilger on December 18, 2014

Just Back from Japan… I’m back in Spokane, my final trip to Japan this year complete.  Much to share! There are ongoing challenges in the disaster area.  Outside Fukushima, there’s tremendous pressure to return to the old normal — in spite of the fact that the old  normal was not working out very well.  Inside Read full post


New Stories Summit

Posted by bobstilger on September 24, 2014

People from all over the world are gathering at Findhorn this week for a New Stories Summit, which promises to be a deep inquiry.  Why are more and more people turning towards the imagery and trajectory of story?  What is it about this meme that is attracting energy at this time? My view, as usual, is Read full post


Fukushima (福島) and the Long Reach of Fear

Posted by bobstilger on August 20, 2014

Let’s get a more complete view of what’s important. I really want to highlight an excellent piece of work. Please take the time to read this outstanding article if you want to understand radiation and Fukushima: Fukushima and the Long Reach of Fear My friend Tim Connor of Spokane, Washington wrote this piece. Tim and Read full post


Creating More Access to More Thinking!

Posted by bobstilger on August 9, 2014

I’m a little surprised to have my first blog on the new New Stories website be about someone else’s work. It took me about 2 seconds to get over that.  And to remember that this site is here to give access to a wide variety of insights about how we’re creating new stories.  And that Read full post


Japan’s Edges: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #56 – June 1, 2014

Posted by bobstilger on July 10, 2014

I’ve just spent 8 out of the last 10 days in Future Sessions with people from all over Japan — Fukushima, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shikoku, Kyushu.  It’s been an amazing time.  I want to share some of the stories and learning that are brewing in me.  I feel like I am following bread crumbs.  This is Read full post


Resilience and Revival: Bob Stilger’s Posts from Japan #55 – May 14, 2014

Posted by bobstilger on May 15, 2014

In April I was one of the keynote speakers for the STIA+ conference in Seattle.  The video of my presentation, at the left, arrived today in time for it to be a present for my 65th birthday!  I’m back in Japan with new learnings, both from visits to communities struck by disaster in the US Read full post


Learning Resilience: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #54, March 14th

Posted by bobstilger on March 14, 2014

  I had very interesting night on March 7th! I was asked to speak at TEDxTokyo Teachers on Learning Resilience.  The presentation, itself, was a practice of resilience.  I was going to share when I spoke anyway (and the video later), but decided to share the whole episode. An evening of resilience… There were about Read full post