CURATED RESOURCES

An essential part of our work is to curate and offer resources that help all of us navigate in these times. please explore these curated collections – Our Pandemic Resource Center, Afternow, Great Transition Stories and Essential Knowledge, as well as our blogs, below.

Pandemic resource center

This collection of resources is a work in progress begun in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  There are resources to assist  community discussions, some basic information about the virus, how to stay safe, we offer a variety of perspectives, some poetry images and music to help you smile and think,  and some items to remind you to laugh.

You’ll find our events and services in this pandemic time as well.

AFTERNOW

NewStories President Bob Stilger has called Japan one of his homes since his student days in the 1970s. On March 11, 2011, after the Triple Disasters of Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Explosions, he felt called to help people rebuild the communities they wanted, rather than government simply recreate the past. In 2015 he published a book about this work in Japanese, followed by an English edition in 2017.

AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin? is Bob's story of engaging with people to discover what is after now? It's his story and the story of thousands in Japan. AfterNow offers insights about how change happens, NOW, when the old is crumbling and the new is beginning to emerge. The book shares perspective on how grief turns into action after overwhelming loss and how people create the new from a future that had disappeared. AfterNow provides a foundation for NewStories work.

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Essential Knowledge

Over the years working with groups around the world in many ways, NewStories comes across some amazing resources which we believe will increase your capacity to meet the challenges and opportunities you encounter in our changing world. These include great articles, handouts for various methodologies, informative videos, websites that are related to our work.

This Essential Knowledge is categorized both by topic and types to make it easy for you to find what you need quickly. AND, it is a growing collection and we welcome your additions! Come look at what we have available and select resources that can help you find meaning and make sense of these times.

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GREAT TRANSITION STORIES

Great Transition Stories is a virtual hub for illuminating the larger, often invisible, archetypal stories of our world, which can help us make sense of these times. This website represents years of work by NewStories Board Chair Lynnaea Lumbard as she has looked closely at what stories really mean and how they shape our lives. This new website makes the deeper patterns we’re in visible and where they lead. As these stories of great transitions become more accessible, we begin to have more choice in how we can consciously evolve our collective story towards wholeness, well-being, justice, beauty, and regenerative culture.

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Most Recent BLOG Posts

Collapse and Regeneration

We are rapidly becoming aware that none of us are going to be left out of the collapse of multiple systems in which we live. Wars may be happening elsewhere, but fires, floods, hurricanes, bomb cyclones, tsunamis, crop failures, earthquakes and now pandemics are all around us. There is no way out of the experience of the collapse. We are already in it. No matter what your privilege, we are still all interconnected and when the food supply runs out, the grid goes down, communications stop, water runs out, and millions have a virus, we will all feel it. It’s essential that we learn how to hospice the passing of the old so it spews as little destruction and death as possible while we also midwife newly emerging patterns of compassionate caring and interconnectedness.

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Facing Reality, Not Fixing Problems

We cannot “fix” the coronavirus. It is here. To be sure, there are many things we can do to mitigate the speed with which the virus spreads. I’m deeply appreciative of the many announcements helping us learn what we can do. This is a zoonotic virus, meaning it is one spread from animals to humans. This virus is anything but random. It is a direct consequence of the choices those of us with money have been making to consume, consume and then consume some more. The idea that happiness is a commodity that can be purchased by having and spending lots of money is an idea disproven time and time again.

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Resilience: Living Beyond Fear with the Coronavirus

The first thing to overcome with the coronavirus is fear. The virus is certainly dangerous. The likelihood is we will need to learn to live with it. A “new normal” will emerge with its own protocols for traveling, meeting, caring for each other, grieving those we lose, and living our lives. Perhaps there will be a vaccine. Certainly we should do everything we can to protect ourselves. But that is different from living in fear. Hafiz said it well:

Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I’d like to see you in better living conditions.

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