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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

TEDxTokyo, 2010 Bob and Annie

Bob Stilger and his daughter Annie Stilger Virnig were asked to do the first ever father-daughter presentation at the second TEDxTokyo in 2010.  They talked about what they each had learned through their work with communities in the global south.  Among other things, a bit of a role reversal resulted.  They wanted to have a 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

Disaster as A Springboard

Bob Stilger
  Bob Stilger describes his learning and experience from the first three years of work after the triple disasters in Japan on March 11, 2011.  Beyond the tragedy of disaster, there is a huge opening in which the new can be given birth   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

Revolutionary Change Theories: Punctuated Equilibrium Paradigm

Connie Gersick
How do individuals. groups, organizations and industries evolve over time? How do they adapt or fail to adapt to changing environments?  How can change be planned and managed? Read full post

TRANSIT: Transformative Social Innovation Theory

DRIFT and partners
How does social innovation interact with other forms of (transformative) change, and how are actors (dis)empowered therein? TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society. It is co-funded by the European Commission and runs for four 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