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Description of Practice
I specialize in participatory and empowering processes:
Conducting complex mediations between individuals and groups.
Facilitating multi-stakeholder conflict engagement processes.
I am a seasoned mediator. For more than three decades, I have mediated, facilitated, taught and trained thousands of people around the world. I support people to engage their complex relational conflicts as opportunities for constructive learning, cooperation and change. I work with clients, usually separately and together, about their important goals and ways conflicts are in the way of achieving them. I also coach one side of a conflict to deal with it and the other side more mindfully and constructively, even if the other side isn’t so keen to tango.
30 years experience across over a dozen countries: *Coaching individuals to deal with conflict more mindfully and constructively *Mediating between individuals and groups stuck in destructive conflict cycles *Facilitating within and between groups seeking to work better together *Running retreats for teams *Mediation between leaders in business and public organizations
Trained as mediator and facilitator
Trained in small group dynamics
Trained in organizational consulting
Trained in international conflict resolution
Mediation Approach & Philosophy
As a trusted third party, or conflict coach, I support people to be clear about their goals and values at stake in a conflict situation. Beginning with this positive frame, we then explore ways their conflict is blocking the fulfillment of these goals. We then explore ways to best engage the conflict such that stated goals are achievable.
Representative Cases Handled as a Mediator
Post separation mediation between divorced couples who have had ongoing conflicts in their post-marriage relationship (especially dealing with children). Mediating between founders and successors in family businesses. Coaching leaders - individually and in teams - to gain a better handle on specific conflict situations as a lens for learning and improving their conflict handling capacities afterwards. Mediating between battling leaders in organizations who were undermining each other and team morale and helping them convert this in to change and development for themselves and system. Facilitating within and between groups identity groups (e.g police and community; Israelis and Palestinians) seeking to work better together, instead of at cross purposes.
Complex Case Experience
Facilitated interventions, taught and trained in complex identity-based conflicts (i.e. racial, ethnic, national) in N. and S. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia. Special Master for US Federal Judge after race riots in Cincinnati, Ohio - see http://www.socsci.uci.edu/~pgarb/istudies/applied/presentations/site/presentation.html Have worked in conflict and its creative engagement in Jerusalem for years.
Range $200-$350 per hour Also willing to consider providing pro-bono and highly subsidized services according to need.
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I live in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I serve clients throughout the US, and abroad. I work in person and also via zoom. I faciliatate team-based problem solving and visioning retreats in my company owned retreat center (call for information).
Jay is very professional and well prepared. He has a lot of ideas and knowledge to give and to share.Tareq Samman , 2018