Programs and Projects NewStories supports

All over the world people are stepping forward to create the lives they want and the communities that nourish them. Over the years we have come into relationship with many people doing this work of creating new stories.  For some without a nonprofit base in the US, we serve as fiscal agents.  We also listen to the stories of their work, sometimes help them name deeper patters, connect them with each other, nourish them to the extent we are able, support them as they take action and help to illuminate it to the world.

Through our work with these programs and projects we’ve come to see what we call the Spiral of Co-Creating — a way of seeing the work we do, together, to create the lives and communities we want now.

In our Two Loops model, sometimes this work is on the declining sweep of the first loop, creating shift in old systems and other times it is pioneering new initiatives building a new now.  In both cases, we name, connect, nourish and illuminate them.


What comes after now? The future is invisible. Where do we begin? Bob Stilger’s insights about how change happens, NOW, when the old is crumbling and the new is beginning to emerge provide a foundation for NewStories work. Read post


It’s time for a revival. Reclaiming the spirit and values and celebration of life which live at the heart of the human journey. Artists and activists join together to inspire and inform people who are on a journey to find meaning and make sense in their lives. Read post

Thrive Napa Valley

Thrive Napa Valley is helping to build resiliency in the region by shining a light on our communities’ success stories by connecting social innovators to one another and by promoting the most effective sustainable practices from around the world. Read post

Gaiafield Project

Work done at the subtle level often has a more immediate and more powerful impact than our direct work in the materials world. The Gaiafield project is an ongoing exploration of subtle activism practices, theories and applications. Read post

Thriving Resilient Communities

Known by many names – Transition Towns, Post-Carbon, Thriving Communities, Bioneers, Sustainable Communities – it all comes down to questions about how we live well with each other on this small and beautiful planet. TRCC is a field where many are sharing practice. Read post

DreamRider Productions

Through story, music, interactive media and live theatre, the team at DreamRider Productions create inclusive, meaningful, and full-throttle experiences that children adore and that instil positive environmental and social values in their hearts – and in their actions. After experiencing DreamRider programs, kids feel energized, happy, and eager to put into practice what they have Read post

Kufunda Learning Village

Kufunda Learning Village has grown up during the years that Zimbabwe has fallen apart. It has been a living example of how people come together, use their own resources, ask for help they need, and build thriving resilient community. New Stories has been a partner since the beginning. Read post


Our immersive storytelling began in 2012 with the production of our signature show “EARTH PORTAL,” developed for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Seattle World’s Fair. We’ve taken our StoryDome up and down the West Coast for programs, as well as at home on Whidbey Island Read post

Humane Prison Hospice

We are on a mission to implement and support end of life care in prisons. The need is growing in a crisis manner as there is a huge aging prison population and in most prisons there are no hospice programs in place, leaving at worst, the inmate to die alone in great suffering, or at Read post