We are present in our world at a time of huge change - change in our environment, our climate; change in our technology, our habits; change in how we relate to each other in our communities, our families; change in our economies, in our global connections. 'What do we do when cannot see the future?' - the sub title of Bob Stilger's' After Now' - indicates the kind of questioning we need in the face of increasing uncertainty, of confusion, of disaster, of having to 'start over'. The entry point into the future is the triple disaster that struck Japan in 2011 - the massive earthquake, the overwhelming tsunami, the rupturing of Fukushima - and the need to awaken from the ruins and explore where to begin, how to walk the small steps towards crafting a new path. Bringing in his decades of experience as a questioner, a journeyer, a listener, a learner, Bob guides us from past to present to future - with practical methodologies and approaches as well as living examples from Japan and other countries - of how to embrace grief, work with what we have, cope with parallel realities and return to community, to collective culture and lay down stepping stones to the future.
February 11, 2018