Food For Thought: Systems Thinking

Deep Adaptation

Jem Bendell
Can we look our current situation squarely in the eye? How do we live with the possibility that collapse is imminent, catastrophe likely and extinction possible? How do we find a way forward, accompanied by these hard truths? 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

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

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

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