Food For Thought: Systems Thinking

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

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

Cynefin Framework

David Snowden
The ways in which we effectively find our way forward, responding to a particular problem or opportunity, need to be situational. Our work is in one of four domains: simple, complicated, complex, chaos or disorder Read full post

What would Homo Systemicus do?

Barry Oshry
This is one key chapter of a longer manuscript by Barry Oshry which examines the critical nature of power and love in the organic systems in which we humans live, but which we frequently are unable to see. Read full post

While Waiting For Homo Systemicus

Barry Oshry
Many of the problems we human beings encounter might be remedied if we overcame our blindness to the systems in which we live and developed what Barry Oshry calls systems sight. This thoughtful manuscript points towards a different pathway for our future. 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

Vikalp Sangam

This website hopes to feature alternatives in the full range of human endeavour as they take place in India, and through this to help build bridges amongst them, learn from each other, and together present a challenge to the mainstream system. Read full post

Beautiful Solutions

Naomi Klein
Resistance is essential, but it’s not enough. As we fight the injustice around us, we also have to imagine — and create — the world we want. Read full post