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Rays of Hope: Reflections on the 2015 Hollyhock Summer Gathering

Posted by Lynnaea Lumbard on September 8, 2015

Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times was this year’s Summer Gathering theme, taken from the title of Paul Born’s new book on community. The Summer Gathering is a 29-year old experiment in deepening community hosted by NewStories team members Rick Ingrasci and Peggy Taylor. Part exploration of ideas and strategies and part summer Read full post


Four Stories: The Unpromise of Large Complex Systems

Posted by bobstilger on August 26, 2015

It has been a month of stories. First story: I’ve spent more than 15 hours on the phone, in chat sessions, and on-hold. I’ve had three installation visits from Comcast to change my internet and phone service. Each person I’ve worked with has been courteous and kind within their silo. AND, it has been an Read full post


Making Traditional Conferences Better

Posted by bobstilger on August 8, 2015

I was asked to provide some assistance to a U.S. conference last week. A gathering of 280 or so good folk who are doing work to increase energy efficient in industries. Their normal conference is multiple parallel sessions where juried papers are presented; they asked me to bring in just a little bit of participatory Read full post


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

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Love, Not Fear, Will Help Us Fix Climate Change

Posted by Rick Ingrasci on October 4, 2014

My old friend and colleague Dean Ornish has some fresh language for my “Throw a Better Party” philosophy: — Love is more powerful than fear as a sustainable motivator — If it’s meaningful, then it’s sustainable — If it feels good, then it’s sustainable — If it’s fun, then it’s sustainable See the full article Read full post


New Video – A World of Solutions

Posted by Rick Ingrasci on October 2, 2014

Dear Friends of the Future, Last week I sent the 3 minute video that was shown to the delegates at the United Nations conference at the beginning of the climate conference. Here is the expanded version (5+ minutes) that is closer to the scenario I developed for the film. I encourage you to distribute this Read full post


Welcome to the New New Stories Website

Posted by Lynnaea Lumbard on September 26, 2014

We are so glad you are here and so excited to show you what we’ve been creating! Please browse around. We are not finished, and may never be finished, as we hope that this resource keeps growing to meet the needs and challenges as we work together to evolve New Stories. New Stories, the organization, Read full post


Can Global Meditation Shift Planetary Consciousness?

Posted by David Nicol on September 25, 2014

Watching the news over the past several months, we can easily get the sense that the world as we know it is on the verge of falling apart. The outbreak of violence in Israel and Palestine, the emergence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the tension in the Ukraine, the ebola epidemic in Africa – Read full post

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