At the core of my work is a passion for realizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” The King Center, created to honor his legacy, describes the “Beloved Community” as a community not devoid of interpersonal or group conflict. Instead, conflict is understood to be an inevitable part of the human experience. Dr. King believed that conflicts could be resolved peacefully through a process of reconciliation, where a mutual and determined commitment to nonviolence are at the core and where discrimination, bigotry and prejudice are replaced with an all-inclusive spirit of goodwill and love.
We live in a time where there is a growing demand for a reckoning of our past. There are loud and powerful cries for justice, be it from communities, organizations, boardrooms, and systems, the status quo is being rebuked.
If we agree that Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community is the framework for the future, restorative practices can be part of the road map to get there. Restorative practices provide us an opportunity to share, listen and learn. We are able to tap into a sense of our shared humanity, reminding us that we are more alike than different.
When we seek to acknowledge and restore our shared humanity, powerful things can happen.
I believe we have a responsibility to ourselves and others to try to address conflict in ways that are empowering and transformative, and in ways that promote reconciliation and healing.
I am a change management expert that utilizes strategic consulting, restorative practice and empowerment coaching techniques to help facilitate a process of transformation for people, organizations and systems.
initiative design and implementation ∙ constituent engagement ∙ equity and inclusion ∙ strategic planning ∙ retreat & meeting design ∙ program development ∙ conflict management ∙ restorative conferencing ∙ group and circle facilitation ∙ team building ∙ empowerment coaching