Food For Thought: Community Engagement

Preparing for the Possible

Bob Stilger
In the past many of us thought of community building - creating the lives and communities we know are possible - was different that work for disaster preparedness and recovery.  It’s not true.  We become resilient, prepared and recovered by creating connected community. Read full post

Sustaining Change in a Market Economy

Hanmin Liu
Hanimin Liu offers the inescapable conclusion is that change is gradual and generation and requires persistence in patience. How do we take this truth on in our impatient world? Read full post

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

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

FutureSessions

AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin?
At NewStories we have decades of experience in helping communities and organizations and businesses have conversations that matter -- conversations which explore possibilities, strategize new action, deepen learning and ... 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

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

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