Jared Finkelstein

I believe that in a connected world what is most important is the quality of our connection. I'm a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication who offers communication and conflict resolution training. For 20 years I've explored ways to support deepening connection in and amongst individuals and communities. My experience includes workshop and retreat facilitation at conferences, camps, churches, and classrooms. I'm a former early childhood educator, who discovered NVC in 2007 while working in private schools in upstate New York, USA. I was struck at how beneficial this practice was in helping repair disconnection amongst disparate groups within the school system and I've pursued further practice of NVC with the intention of distributing this training more widely. At the heart of my practice of nonviolent communication is the question how do we want to live with one another? I enjoy exploring with communities ways to engage with that question. Through collaborative facilitation, while embodying the form of nonviolent communication, I try to support communities to invent and implement life-enriching whole systems, and practices for restorative justice.