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Complexity Informed DEI

I offer DEI trainings that explore the complex contours of self, identity and systems. My approach involves introspection into our personal and social identities, understanding the nested systemic contexts that shape our worldviews, illumination of implicit biases, analyzing dominant narratives at various scales, skillful tactics to ameliorate identity and ideologically rooted discrimination – topped off with a capstone project tailored to your unique organizational context. Also includes pre-consultation and follow up coaching/mentoring/consulting. My approach to DEI may be different from what some are used to, as it is informed by mediation/conflict resolution, depolarization, and complex systems frameworks. I bring an integrative and holistic approach to DEI, believing that addressing issues like bias and systemic racism require multi-dimensional approaches that utilize and make space for many values, viewpoints, and frameworks. Due to our polarized political climate, I emphasize diverse and varied forms of communicating the value of DEI instead of imposing a one-size-fits-all model onto everyone.

Personal Coaching

I offer 1:1 coaching on polarization, mediation, managing complex challenges, conflict dynamics, and DEI.

Depolarization Toolkit

I offer a series on political depolarization. By the end of the series, participants will have developed a “depolarization toolkit” to help depolarize themselves, their relationships, and communities. Each training module will focus on a salient factor in polarization, and participants will take away key tools and insights to aid in depolarization processes. Included are classes on political identity, biases, moral foundations, value polarities, complex systems, working with factual disagreements, and more.

Dialogue for Depolarization

I offer a workshop series on community dialogue specializing in divisive social and political issues. My approach proceeds from self-awareness building, to interpersonal skills and communication methods, to group dialogue practice. The training includes exercises to generate self-awareness around cognitive biases, attitudinal motivations, emotional triggers, communication techniques to navigate political/ideological differences, the mindmap technique to explore how we make sense of specific issues, navigating factual disputes, and much more. In our polarized political atmosphere it is crucial that we learn to have productive disagreements with each other. Families, relationships, and communities have gone down in flames over heated political disputes. This workshop is ideal for communities experiencing acute polarization around specific issues (which the workshop can be tailored around), as participants are first equipped with dialogue tools before partaking in facilitated group sure to add any relevant details or information that you want to share with your visitors.

Conflict Resilience

Conflict is something that many of us dread, acting as a disruptive force for relationships and communities. The conflict resiliency course trains us to reframe our attitude towards conflict – shifting from one of dread and anxiety to an opportunity for growth, learning, and deepening relationships. It could even be seen as an exciting and fun opportunity. This is achieved through first cultivating awareness of our varied responses to conflict; the panoply of emotions, thoughts, stressors, values, identities, and so forth that spring forth in any conflictual situation. Participants will learn of their particular conflict styles, and will learn to see the value in multiple conflict styles. Also included are communication methods that help us navigate conflict: open-ended questions, effective ways to share your own perspectives, needs, and experiences, listening skills, delivering and receiving feedback, and so forth. Intrapersonal skills are also taught - managing our triggers and emotions, taking others' perspective, gaining clarity on our unmet needs, values and identities, turning defensiveness into curiosity, and working with narratives and judgements. Finally, a big part of developing a conflict-resilient culture involves the repetition of regular practices that train us to become comfortable with conflict. These “dojos” provide a safe environment to cultivate conflict resilient skills, and include the “disagreement dojo,” the “curiosity dojo,” and the “perspective dojo,” to name a few.

Complex Systems Intro

We live in a VUCA world - volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous. Learn techniques, frameworks, and strategies to work with complex environments to best address systemic challenges.

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