Food For Thought: Appetizers

Communities Report on Culture of Health

Simone, Kate, Zulma and Lucy
  In 2016 Kate Seely, Simone Poutnik, Zulma Patarroyo and Bob Stilger from NewStories visited people in West Virginia, Cherokee Nation, New Mexico and Northern California to discover what they were doing already to create a Culture of Health. We were amazed by what we found.  People everywhere are stepping forward to make their lives Read full post

Thomas Berry: The New Story

This powerful essay from 1978 by Thomas Berry was part of the inspiration for founding NewStories in 2000.  It begins with these words: It’s all a question of story.  We are in trouble now because we do not have a good story.  We are in between stories. The Old Story — the account of how Read full post

Limits to Complexity: Are Bureaucrasies Becoming Unmanageable?

Duane Elgin
This lovely analysis was made by Duane Elgin and Robert Bushnell almost 40 years ago and points with stunning accuracy to our world today. Limits to Large Complex Systems Read full post

Learning Resilience

Bob Stilger
Bob Stilger had a chance to talk about learning resilience at the 2014 TEDxTokyo Teachers event.  It was a delightful evening when he had a chance to practice some of what he described! Read full post

The Way It Is

William Stafford
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer Read full post

未来が見えなくなったとき、僕たちは何を語ればいいのだろう

Bob Stilger
Bob Stilger spent four years working in Japan's triple disaster area and shares stories, insights and questions about how we create a future when the world we know falls apart. Read full post

Power and Love

Barry Oshry
Barry Oshry has spent decades analyzing the ways in which power works (and doesn't work). This remarkable essay follows on a conversation Barry had with Adam Kahane before Adam wrote his book Power and Love. The essay offers critical insights. Read full post

The Soul of Place

Michael Jones
Michael is an extraordinary artist with deep sensitivity to nature, leadership and community. This book is a wonderful exploration of the powers of place and how they can inform our lives. Read full post

Living Universe or Dead Universe

Duane Elgin
What does it mean to be part of a living universe? How is it different from a universe that is dead? Read full post

Lush Cosmetics Presents: The Oasis Game

Lush
What happens when volunteers from Lush Cosmetics meet a community group to play the Oasis Game? Read full post