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Bob Stilger
The Berkana Institute
About Me:
I've been working to build healthy and resilient communities for a long time now. I work in partnership with people all over the world who are discovering new ways to create new systems. See, and
My dream:
A world that works for all

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Cultivating Resilience

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 5:54pm 0 Comments

Last week I was at an inspiring meeting in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  A dozen of us gathered from different parts of the US to continue an exploration of common ground.  There's a confluence happening.  Especially over the last decade people have been working with different words to explore the same questions: How do we create healthy communities?  Communities where happiness is pursued, not  consumption.  Communities where people live with the graceful bounty of this planet rather than…


Different Ways of Being Temporary in Japan

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 12:36pm 3 Comments

We* spent a second day visiting four different places in the the Tohoku disaster area.  I'll just talk about two.

Eight months ago today the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit Japan.  Back in the tsunami area of Miyagi Prefecture, I impressed with the extent of clean-up and it is still hard to look at the extensive damage. 

We started the day meeting with Watanabe-san, the volunteer coordinator in Minami-Sanriku-cho.  Watanabe-san was born in Sendai, and was…


Jimotogaku: Rediscovering One's Own Community

Posted on June 1, 2011 at 1:15am 7 Comments

Dear Friends,

I just have a few more days in Japan this trip.  I'll be back several more times this year.  Most attention is still focused on emergency and initial stages of recovery here.  Soon, attention will turn to how might the Tohoku -- as well as all of Japan -- be created anew.  And it is this work of re-creation that I and my many colleagues here are waiting to begin.  One of the things that many here feel strongly about is that the re-creation of Tohoku must be directed by… Continue

Reasons for Hope in Japan

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 1:29am 3 Comments

Dear Friends,

My friend Val, from Elos Institute in Brazil wrote me recently:

I love your questions about what can be done right now, what are the possible solutions. Yesterday I attended a philosophy class and people's perspectives about the world were so dark and hopeless... I immediately remembered of you and other people giving a step towards what you believe can be done to make things better.  I would like to hear  what are the things that are being done now. I… Continue

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At 6:10pm on April 30, 2014, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Enjoyed your webinar so very much on Disaster as a springboard for transformation - of thriving resilient communities. Comment of the communities in Japan was very striking " We have been released from the future we did not want. Maybe now we can do something differently."

At 9:13am on May 13, 2013, Rituu B. Nanda said…

A very happy birthday Bob! All my best wishes.

At 5:03am on May 13, 2012, Rituu B. Nanda said…

A very happy birthday Bob! have a great celebration. Highly appreciate the work you do.

At 6:46am on April 27, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Dear Bob,


I am very happy to have you here. Hope you will share stories of resilient communities. We would like to learn from your experience especially in Japan. I was also reading about the green house project in Jo'burg. Would like to know more on it too.





PS: Hope you will add your photo to your profile. Thanks Bob!

At 1:56pm on April 26, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…

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