How are people living the new stories? We asked a few friends to share their sources of inspiration, worry, and fun
New Stories. The stories we tell ourselves are at the core of everything else we believe and do. Do we think we belong in the place and community where we live? Or do we feel embattled, trying to make it into a hostile climate?
What you think about the future changes everything. Think you'll have a good place to sleep tonight? Think your children will have lives like yours? Or do you think we may be in for ecological instability or breakdowns in society?
New stories are often rooted in old stories that were swept aside by more powerful cultures. Now, some indigenous groups are reclaiming their stories and traditions, integrating modern science on their own terms
Readers' Forum is a place for your feedback and ideas. We welcome you to use this space to share your thoughts, inspire us with your personal stories, and challenge our thinking and that of our readers.
Stories of war and violence are told and retold; but here, the Search for Common Ground tells a very different story.
There were students, labor union members, greens, farmers, religious leaders, and human rights activists. The most dramatic confrontations took place on November 30 (N30), when thousands of protesters blocked WTO delegates from reaching the meeting.
Einstein's work began a revolution that eventually dethroned the reigning model of physics. Could quantum theory have a similar effect on our understanding of life itself?
Yes, the internet is booming. But is that good news or bad news? Many of us fear that life online will reduce us to virtual human beings—isolated, dehumanized adjuncts to machines—or that e-commerce will inspire yet another wave of consumerism. Others, like philosopher and cultural historian Jean Houston, see the internet as a place where a new species intelligence is being born.
What can we learn from coral reefs, marshes, and forests? Could we find answers in their elegance and complexity? John Todd designs systems that do mundane things - like purify water - using natural systems as his guide.