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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
For the past 20 years, I have helped create grassroots networks that work collaboratively and compassionately to promote nonviolence, peace, justice, and sustainability, from the founding of Families for Peace to Global Citizen Journey and the Transpartisan Alliance. Global Citizen Journey 's inaugural trip built friendship, leadership, and the first library in the Creeks area of the Niger Delta. Subsequent Journeys included Ghana 2006 where we build an Orphanage/Community Center; Burundi 2008 where we helped a women’s’ cooperative buy land, seed and tools; and most recently Liberia 2010 where we are launching a Peacebuilder Initiative. I have joined delegations of The Compassionate Listening Project, Peace Trees Vietnam, and the Citizen's Train to Washington D.C., served as Board President of Kadima Community School, the Earthstewards, and Puget Sound Global Peoples Assembly, and as board member of African American Jewish Coalition for Justice, Earth Charter Community Summit-Seattle and The Compassionate Listening Project. I am a co-founder of the Transpartisan Alliance in Seattle, which is bringing people together in civil discourse and action across the political divide.

I founded Partnow Communications over twenty years ago and enjoy being a catalyst for individuals and work teams seeking positive changes through her workshops, retreats, and coaching. I partner with organizations to promote healthy and productive workplaces and teams, and offers training in Speaking, Self-Management and People Skills. I am especially dedicated to helping clients release and transform the energy locked in conflict. I specialize in facilitating dialogue and large group processes, using cutting edge techniques such as Appreciative Inquiry, Spiral Dynamics, Dynamic Facilitation, World Café, dialogue and Open Space Technology to help large, diverse groups facing complex issues and organizational change. I am co-creator of Conversation Café, People Web, and Let’s Talk America and have served on the Steering Committee of the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation.

A former teacher and speech pathologist, I received my M. A. in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University where I was a Rearwin Fellow, and B.A. with honors from University of California at Berkeley. I am a mediator and Sr. certified trainer of Compassionate Listening and Essential Peacemaking/Women & Men. I speak Spanish, French plus some German and am the author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions, Doubleday, 1998. I live in Seattle and am the proud mother of two young adults who embody the principles of compassionate listening and peacemaking in the world.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
West Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia
East Africa: Burundi
Middle East: Israel/Palestine
North America
Mexico and Cuba
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Seattle, WA, USA
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Organizational Development and Training Consultant (Swedish Health Services); ED of Global Citizen Journey; Sr. Certified Trainer, The Compassioate Listening Project
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
German, Swahili
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Dialogue, Facilitation, Gender, Organizational Development, Peacebuilding, Psychosocial
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Program Design, Training

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Healing Our World from the Inside Out- Seattle 2 day workshop Sept 17/18 on Compassionate Listening

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 4:42pm 0 Comments

Seats still remain for this powerful and inspiring workshop on Compassionate Listening: develop essential practices for any peacebuilder. You will enhance your own skills and learn exercises and techniques that will enrich your work with others. Learn more:… Continue

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At 1:43pm on April 2, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Susan,

Nice to visit your profile here, Its best place to discccuss and share your expertise at peace network. This credit is going to Dr. Craig, who establish a rich common platform for peace-makers.

We can be good partners and friends on common causes and similar activities.

In Peace.
At 2:42pm on December 29, 2010, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
"Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world is a family, this was a teaching of our indian culture and traditional.
we created countries, boundaries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realize that we are one and we naturally interconnected with each other ,which we can just realize by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any discrimination,religion, boundaries, equally for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violence .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for look after the wellbeing of all living life.
At 5:28am on November 1, 2010, Sohail Mahmood said…
hello susan
how are u doing?
nice meeting u here

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