Welcome to a New Story

Welcome to the website of New Story Leadership. Please explore and learn more about our organization. Our features include our Wall of Stories and our Words of Witness which outline the amazing stories of our Fellows. Our ninth year is about to begin. Stay tuned to meet the new team for 2018.

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If you want to Change the World

For almost nine years, the NSL students have shared many stories of hope, change and transformation. Hear their stories as part of our Wall of Stories features which accounts how they came to NSL and the story they told the power brokers of Washington, D.C. To view these amazing videos, simply click the link below.

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You have to Change the Story

One of the most important aspects of our Fellows' summer in Washington, D.C. is the opportunity to influence and educate leaders in the American capital. This year, most Fellows will be placed with members of Congress to ensure that their voice is heard. Fellows also get the chance to share their stories at keynote events addressing religious leaders, and members of the business community. To learn more about just some of those they meet, click our American supporters page below.

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SELECTION FOR 2018 FELLOWSHIP NOW ON. Thanks to all who applied.

NSL MISSION STATEMENT – To equip a new generation of Palestinian and Israeli leaders with the tools to become more effective agents of change through activism at home and narrative advocacy in Washington DC.  By changing the old story of futility, NSL Fellows create and enact new stories of possibility for their peoples and for all who care for peace and justice in the world.

New Story Leadership Inc. (NSL) is an American based 501(c)3 registered in the State of Maryland (EIN # 27-1076407) was founded in 2009. It is based on the best practice leadership model employed with sister Irish and South African programs since 1998.


Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Rep Jared Polis (D-CO)
Rep Joe Crowley (D-NY)
Rep Jared Polis (D-MD)
Rep  Jim McDemott (D-MA)

When combatants decide to share a personal story, one that comes out of the authority of their own experience, not parotting some tribal or religious orthodoxy, they begin to dismantle the wall of separation. They turn a wall into a window.  Brick by brick, story by story, light comes through.  Underneath all the disagreements and bitterness, a shared human story  gradually emerges. Because the stories of war and propaganda work by  stripping the “other” of their humanity, sharing a story from the heart  becomes a profound act of resistance. NSL creates a Listening culture where stories are treated as gifts,  and where through a narrative way,  people can reclaim the capacity that war has stolen from them, the power to give people their humanity back.

Please click on each photo below to hear more from our students.

karma daniel hug nsl 2014 ritz carlton maisam 2013 sais


guy 2013 eu parliamentnoa shapira congressional forum 2012


goni zilberman 2011 congressional forumliel maghen, congressional forum 2010




Aseel Reflects as NSL13 Concludes

Ten days to go, it is a little surreal, I remember when my roommate dropped me off at my host …

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Maisam reflects on the final weeks of NSL

I cannot believe we’re almost half way through. Not because I don’t feel satisfied with what we accomplished so far, but …

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What is the Story I want to Tell?

What story it is I want to tell? Since I arrived I’m thinking what stories do I have that are …

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Basil reflects on his first weeks in DC

We had a very packed week for the week of July 8th, meeting Mr. Philip C. Wilcox, Jr., President of …

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Maisam- The story is but a long journey of struggle and pain

For the first time in a while, it’s not being about Israel or Palestine. It’s not about who is right and …

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