It's time to make changes that make a difference
Our lives are framed now with the uncertainties of COVID-19, the certainties of Climate Catastrophe and an array of social, political and economic factors that often drive communities apart rather than weave them together. Most of us are weary. Many of us are ready to make significant changes.
NewStories is here to help you change your story and change what’s possible. We’re facilitators, thought partners and teachers. For almost 20 years now we have co-created the spaces where people gather to listen to each other, make sense of complex issues, and to take steps which lead to wise action — changing lives, communities and organizations.
We are an intergenerational teams of diverse master practitioners – social process designers, facilitators, community organizers, artists, mindfulness guides, coaches and storytellers – from all over the world who have, for decades, been designing and facilitating spaces where people learn and find their way forward, together
what we offer
- consultants and thought partners who can help you develop a comprehensive community-engaged approach to disaster preparedness and community resilience.
- trainers for agency and government staff, nonprofit leaders, community change makers, helping you learn methods to work generatively with complex issues and invite, engage and facilitate.
- facilitators and designers of meetings and community engagement processes where participants prioritize, make sense and find meaning, measure and evaluate and take community-based action.
- system thinkers who can help you bridge differences within community as well connect local to the regional context
Ready to change what’s possible? We can help.
Community Strategies - Wise Actions
Community is the foundation for wise action. NewStories will help you work inside your organization and out in your community to find a way forward – no matter what is going on. We’ll help you listen to each other better. We’ll show you how to get clear about where you’re going, and to define the next, elegant minimum steps towards that horizon. Using tools for community engagement, we will help you transform.
We will help you have conversations that matter using approaches from Art of Hosting and FutureSessions. We will use approaches like Theory U and Two Loops to better understand your problems from the past and possibilities for the future. We will invite you to frame your work as regenerating community – building systems of change which nourish life. We will ask you to tend to the anger, trauma, grief and anxiety ever present these days. We will step with courage ways in which power is wielded in your organization and community and move towards greater equity, diversity and inclusion.
Increase Your Skills and Capacity
Are you ready to sharpen your effectiveness as an agent of change? NewStories offers an increasing array of virtual workshops and seminars. Our learning programs give you a place to pause and reflect on what you’ve been doing and what you’ve been learning. They help you develop the skills to attend to the many dimensions of engaging communities now. We’ll help you learn new ways of seeing and analyzing.
Like many other organizations we started offering more virtual learning programs after the pandemic was announced on March 11, 2020. Sometimes we simply provided a generative space for people to gather, reflect and make sense of these times. Other times we invited participants to join a cohort for a handful of weeks or months to develop skills in working with grief, transforming organizational structures, hosting conversations that matter. All of this work has laid a foundation for deeper programs in the fall of 2021 and into 2022. Visit our NewStories Learning Centre on Sutra for an overview of what’s coming.
Engage in deep learning
NewStories can help you create a customized learning program that helps your people in your community or organization learn how to lead more effectively and take action in these turbulent times. We can co-create custom workshops, seminars, retreats, and learning journeys addressing your needs and goals.
Maybe a workshop on participatory leadership would help in an organizational change effort. Perhaps a learning journey to listen differently to people in the community would be helpful. Maybe it is time for a retreat to look really closely at past work. Changing your story is easier with experiences which give new perspectives and insights.
Talk to us about what you want to learn, and we’ll create a plan to help get you there
Use Disruption as a Springboard
Most of us did not expect to live in this world. Dilemmas of economic inequality show up all around us. Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards destroy our ecosystems and communities. COVID-19 casts a shadow across our lives. We can – and must – use these disasters and disruptions springboards.
For more than 2 decades NewStories has worked with disaster, disruption and collapse. We’ve been there when Zimbabwe started to fall apart in the beginning of this century. We worked with people and communities across Japan after the Triple Disasters of March 11, 2011. We stand with those whose lives have been upended by wildfire in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, as well as in Australia. We are allies to indigenous peoples whose lives and livelihood are uprooted through climate forced displacement.
Our founder, Bob Stilger’s 2017 book AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin? draws together some of what we have learned. We will work with you, in your disruptive context, to help you find your vision, values and beliefs, determine what next steps to create, and create scaffolding for ongoing reflection and action.
our core team
NewStories provides facilitation and strategic convening services with a core team of skilled practitioners who have worked together for a number of years.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
stories from our work
In October 2018, over sixty representatives of 28 First and Indigenous communities met in Girdwood, Alaska, for a first-of-its-kind gathering: the First Peoples’ Convening on Climate-Forced
How Paradise, California regenerates a healthy and resilient community after the devastating fires of November, 2018 may provide critical learning on how communities step beyond the almost irresistible force to return to the old normal after disaster. Here’s a bit of what we are discovering with Paradisans.