great: “Larger in size than others of the same kind. Remarkable or outstanding in magnitude, degree or extent. Of outstanding significance or importance. Powerful; influential.”
transition: “Passage from one form, state, style, or place to another. The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another."
stories: “An account or recital of an event or a series of events. The background information regarding something. An account of past events in someone's life or in the evolution of something."
Great Transition Stories is a virtual hub for illuminating the larger, often invisible, archetypal stories of our world, which can help us make sense of these times. By bringing to light the deeper patterns we’re in and where they lead, we begin to have more choice in how we can consciously evolve our collective story towards wholeness, well-being, justice, beauty, and regenerative culture.
Here we offer:
- Core Principles: A context of core understandings about who and what we are and how the universe operates drawn from leading edges of physics, neuroscience, cosmology and spirituality
- Patterns of Change: An overview of stories drawn from history, mythology, biology and psychology that are roadmaps for successful transitions that can guide us through these times of great change
- Emerging Stories: A curation of emerging stories already in the process of building new models for futures that we want to live in
- What to do: An array of pathways for restorying our personal stories, becoming engaged in growing emerging stories and co-creating a life-affirming future
Great Transition Stories are a crucial part of the DNA from which we can co-create a future we want. They inspire and remind us. They guide and caution us. They make visible possibilities to embrace and pitfalls to avoid. We invite you to think of these times as being in and of transition. We are moving towards something. Often it is difficult to remember that’s so. It is easy to be overwhelmed by what’s going on in our world: climate disasters, demands for social and economic equity, mass murders, crumbling infrastructures. But there are also signs of incredible healing, light, joy, love, cooperation, and consciousness.
May the stories and resources here help guide you in your own journey to the world you know in your heart is possible.
What is a Great Transition Story?
A story of great transition has a number of attributes: It is universal, simple, emotionally powerful, evocative of our higher potentials, and more.
A story of 'great transition' recognizes that the human community is challenged to step up to a new level of responsibility for the world we are creating.
Why Great Transition Stories Matter Now
Although humanity has always faced challenges throughout history, the challenges we face at this time are unique in one respect, and this makes all the difference: There are no frontiers left. It is time to gather the wisdom of the human journey from diverse sources to understand the time of profound transition we are moving through and the promise that lies ahead.
Inspiration for our Logo
Everyday it seems as if one more system is failing, a new war is threatening to erupt, or some other once unthinkable occurrence is happening someone in the world. But at the same time, there is hope. New systems are coming into being. For something new to arise, something else has to collapse.
Great Transition Stories is a Project of New Stories
Great Transition Stories is an outreach project of NewStories, a 501 (c)(3) educational non-profit based in Washington State. It joins a constellation of other projects that are working at many different levels to nurture new stories for ourselves and our planet that are compassionate, collaborative, and creative.
This is a evolving compendium of stories that can guide our future and needs your wisdom to help make it more whole. As you look through these pages, if you see stories you feel need be added or augmented with more research and/or newer resources, please contact us.