The past years of global upheaval have brought stress into many organizations and I see groups grappling with balancing personal and professional lives, what true racial equity means in the org, aligning meaningful workplace culture, and so much more. There are many ways to explore these tensions!
“Your personality, love, kindness, and patience cultivated a lot of trust which led to openness and vulnerability in the group.”
-Community member in conflict resolution process
Conflict transformation is an area I am growing into and I do not consider myself an “expert.” That said, I have found myself mediating conflict between individuals and whole groups at organizations for years. For example, I have facilitated sets of conversations for a neighborhood in conflict over a houseless village, a debrief of a complex traumatic event in a community and a multi-month process for an organization with deep tension about their direction.
Between my decades in collective organizations and living in a 20-person intentional community, I have practiced an enormous amount of healthy communication, working through tensions, giving and receiving feedback and exploring differences. In January 2023 I built on this foundation with a certification course in Equity-Informed Mediation through Resolutions Northwest. In 2019 I took a class in Trauma Aware Conflict Transformation with rain crowe. I am excited to develop these skills and gain experience.
I will be honest in determining if I am a good fit for your needs in the realm of conflict exploration, transformation and mediation. I am also connected with other mediators who I can refer you to or work with.
I particularly enjoy working with conflict among a diverse set of stakeholders. Here is feedback I got after facilitating conversations in a neighborhood struggling to integrate a houseless people village into an empty lot: