Food For Thought: Appetizers

Developmental Evaluation Primer

James AA Gamble
Developmental Evaluation is the one of the most developed "complexity-aware" evaluation approaches. This PDF, developed by Canada's McConnell Foundation provides an excellent overview. Read full post

Spiral of Co-Creating

NewStories Introduces a framework -- the Spiral of Co-Creating -- as a new way to look at how we can create collective impact. Read full post

Cynefin Framework from AfterNow

This chapter excerpt from AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin? gives a solid and colorful introduction to how we must work differently in situations that are obvious, complicated, complex and chaotic. Download PDF Read full post

Methods for Dialogue and Conversation

AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin
How do we design and host conversations that matter?  This PDF shares the approaches Bob Stilger used in Japan for five years after the the Triple Disasters of March 11, 2011.   Read full post

Aquaponics in Cherokee Nation

Vian, OK – It all started with an innate passion for helping others, and Oklahoma resident Richard Tyler has it.  Tyler’s passion and hard work has led to a 10,000sf aquaponic facility he constructed in 2015 to address the need for quality food in Vian’s predominantly Native American community. Read full post

AfterNow: Introduction

In the summer of 2017 NewStories will publish Bob Stilger's Book AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin. The book is his story of how he entered in to the intense field of collapse. It is the stories of how people found their way forward to create a new normal -- a new NOW. Read full post

Communities Report on Culture of Health

What does it take to create a Culture of Health in the United States? In 2016 NewStories embarked on a Listening Tour in West Virginia, Cherokee Nation, New Mexico and Northern California to find new questions and new insights. 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