Bob Stilger has been privileged to work with an amazing array of people around the planet who believe we can create generative, resilient communities. Based in Spokane, Washington, USA, he is currently heading New Stories, a non-profit he founded in 2000. While some people would say he works in the social process sector, he says his work is all about transformation. He has had a 40 year love affair with Japan and his book on what he has learned through working with the aftermath of the Triple Disasters will be published later this year. Mary Alice talked with him about the transformational story of place and asked him:
• When did your story with Japan begin and how has it unfolded?
• Tell us something about the role of Sacred Outsider. Why do you believe this role is so important?
• When the Triple Disaster happened, how did that change your relationship to Japan? What have you been learning in the time since then?
• What can we learn from disasters that’s important for everyone?
• Tell us about the concept behind New Stories.
This interview has two parts due to a slight technical glitch. Bear with us.
This is part two of an interview with Bob Stilger, founder of New Stories. In this interview he quotes Lynne Twist: "What are the life sentences we tell ourselves? What do we bind ourselves up with to tell ourselves who we are. People don't live in the world, they live in their story. If e change the story, we change the world."