Let's work together
We’re 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 make sense of complex issues and have conversations that matter. These conversation lead to wise action changing lives, communities and organizations.
We work with 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 that move from conversation to action.
what we offer
We would love to work with you as
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.
COVID-19 COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The COVID Community Conversations are a simple way to help communities and groups see and find their role to play in helping to build health, connection, resilience, and vibrancy for our communities and workplaces as we emerge into a post-lockdown world.
NewStories can help you bring people together to explore possibilities, crack intractable problems and take collective action. We do this in communities and in orgnanizatons. Our approaches make it possible for you to uncover the deep knowledge people in your system hold – and then put it to use!
We use many approaches for strategic convening, including FutureSessions. NewStories worked with Knowledge Dynamics Institute at Fuji Xerox and later FutureSessions, Inc. in Japan to develop an approach to create innovation in businesses, organizations and communities called FutureSessions. They strengthen relationships, build trust, share ideas and then develop prototypes for action.
Research and Analysis
NewStories believes that powerful research and analysis is essential as we work with the complex and sometimes daunting issues of our times. Using complexity-aware approaches like developmental evaluation, outcome harvesting, and Most Significant Change, we can help you use literature review, case studies, and deep listening to reveal what’s actually going on.
In 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked us to use our research and analysis skills to do a Listening Tour on Creating a Culture of Health. This Final Report shows what we found and what it means.
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
Coaching and Consulting
In addition to teaching and facilitating, we’re also thinking partners. Sometimes, what you need most is that extra perspective to help guide you to the answers you already hold. We can be your coaching partner, providing the support and guidance you need to shift your systems and write new stories.
We’re happy to engage with you in-person or via video conferencing to help you take an indepth look at what wants to come next. Our coaching and consulting work is highly customized, and may include deep listening, brainstorming with you, asking questions you’ve not examined and helping you design new starting points.
We can help you know what you already know and develop new strategies and starting points which build on your experience.
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.
We can surf these tides of change together!
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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.