Archive for 2015

Nuclear Disasters Keep on Giving

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 26, 2015

I sit here at my keyboard feeling both broken-hearted and still angry tonight. Hide Enomoto and I have been co-hosting a learning journey to Fukushima with 24 people, all Japanese except for one American (well two, including me). We visited Itatemura, a small village that began 2011 with a population of about 6,000 people. It Read full post

Axolotl bumps ButterFly

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 4, 2015

For years now I’ve been on a one person campaign to defrock the butterfly as the mascot of transformation.  Human societies are not like butterflies in how they change. A colleague I met early this year a a Art of Hosting Training in Karlskrona, Sweden, took my challenge seriously.  Here’s what she recently wrote. By Phoebe Munson: I have decided that the Read full post

Our priorities as a nation have to be shaken

Posted by Bob Stilger on October 23, 2015

I received this powerful letter from Kathie Olsen, a program officer with The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, after the shootings earlier this month at Umpqua Community College. Kathie is a writer and grandmother and occasional nonprofit executive. Her blog is at kathieolsen.com Dear Friends: Because I work for a foundation whose home is in Roseburg, I have Read full post

A Design Narrative for Three Days

Posted by Tenneson Woolf on September 26, 2015

Last week I worked with my partner Teresa Posakony, three good people from The Athena Group — Faith Trimble, Paul Horton, Steve Byers, and one “apprentice,” Ali Kingfisher who has worked many years in government, who is already a gifted host. Our offering together was a 3-day, The Art of Participative Leadership: Building Cultures of Read full post

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 Bob Stilger 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 Bob Stilger 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 Bob Stilger 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 Bob Stilger on April 12, 2015

I recently came across this lovely blog on Edutopia.org 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 Bob Stilger 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