I hold the vision of human beings working together to respond to the challenges we face. I help individuals and organizations learn communication skills that create empathic connection. This connection produces well being and fulfillment, functioning at one's highest capacities, and working together optimally. I am co-creator of the Mediate Your Life approach that gives people the ability to strengthen human connection across differences and divides, and navigate difficult conversations, conflicts, and breakdowns in collaboration. This ability builds an environment of psychological safety, trust, and cooperation in which you can more effectively tap into collective intelligence, synergy and "flow," achieve goals together, and reach new creative possibilities and solutions.
Through training and facilitation, this approach provides practical, doable communication skills and mediation "maps" that integrate empathy, mindfulness, and a language of universal human needs. This work is based in the international work of Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication, NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg.
Research on empathy, compassion, mindfulness, and positive psychology shows that these practices lead to increased mental, emotional, and physical well being and functioning, better relationships, and organizational benefits such as enhanced creativity, performance, productivity, and teamwork. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about this important and growing field. See the links below for more information.
Links to research and practices: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford School of Medicine, Self-Compassion, Positive Psychology Center, Greater Good Science Center, The Center for HealthyMinds, The Center for Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence — Daniel Goleman, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Brene Brown.
Within the adversities, challenges, and conflicts in our personal and work lives, there is an energy that can propel us to the next level of growth, fulfillment, and new possibilities. Creating the life, relationships, and work we want, and contributing to the world we envision, happens one conversation at a time.