How to Create Conversations that Matter with Juanita Brown Ph.D

05-26-17  How to Create Conversations that Matter with Juanita Brown Ph.D

Juanita Brown Ph.D. with her partner, David Isaacs is the co-originator of The World Café, a pioneering approach to large scale dialogue and collaborative inquiry being used in corporate, community, government, education, and multi-stakeholder settings around the globe. Hundreds of thousands of people on six continents have experienced the World Café to foster sustainable development, responsible business futures, conflict resol…ution, democratic leadership, and local community engagement around critical issues. Her award-winning book, The World Café: Shaping our Futures through Conversations that Matter, co-authored with her partner David Isaacs and the World Café

Community has been translated into 10 languages, and has recently been released in mainland China.

Juanita developed her belief in the power of conversation and community to shape the future through her early years at the Na-Bolom Institute, a center for dialogue and action on indigenous issues and rainforest preservation in Chiapas, Mexico. Juanita was also a key architect in large-scale community development and outreach work with Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement. She has applied her discoveries about the principles for building engaged communities to the co-evolution of the World Café as social innovation––using both living systems approaches and community development sensibilities to engage a growing global network of multi-generational hosts committed to creating collaborative dialogue and committed action around critical local, national and global issues.

Since 1974, Juanita has collaborated as a strategic thinking partner with senior corporate executives as well as non-profit leaders in the U.S., Latin America, Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim, advising on large scale change intiatives and creating innovative forums for strategic dialogue around critical organizational and societal issues. Juanita is a Fellow of the World Business Academy and has served as a Senior Affiliate with both the MIT Center for Organizational Learning (now the Society for Organizational Learning) and the Institute for the Future. Her greatest joy, however, is when she finds herself alone in nature on the shores of Tomales Bay, California listening to the loons and seeing the white pelicans floating quietly through the mist.

The Power of Forgiveness~ a Conversation with Dr. Fred Luskin

05-19-17  The Power of Forgiveness~ a Conversation with Dr. Fred Luskin

Frederic Luskin, PhD has become world famous for his work in a most unusual subject – forgiveness. This quality is sorely needed in this world of polarization, conflict, and violence.
I first met Dr. Luskin when he approached me at the end of a class I was teaching at Stanford University, while he was in graduate school. In this conversation we will trace his pathway to his current position. He is now the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

In his work in health promotion, he started to research the effect that forgiveness had on physical and emotional well-being as well as the reduction of the risk of cardiovascular disease. His research showed that learning to forgive helps people hurt less, experience less anger, feel less stress and suffer less depression. As people learn to forgive they become more hopeful, optimistic and compassionate, and they report significantly fewer symptoms of stress such as backache, muscle tension, dizziness, headaches and upset stomachs.

In this conversation you will get to meet him up close and personal as he and Dr. Miller share their perspectives on forgiveness and healing at the personal and family level as well as at the global level.

About Frederic Luskin, PhD:

Dr. Luskin is the author of the best seller Forgive for Good – A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness , Stress Free for Good and Forgive for Love. His work has been featured in Time magazine, O magazine, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Prevention, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Learn more about Dr. Luskin and his work at

In the Forgive for Good workshop and class series Dr. Frederic Luskin presents the forgiveness training methodology that has been validated through six successful research studies conducted through the Stanford Forgiveness Projects.

Dr. Luskin’s work combines lecture with a hands-on approach to the ancient tradition of forgiveness.  Participants explore forgiveness with the goal of reducing hurt and helplessness, letting go of anger and increasing confidence and hope as they learn how to release unwanted hurts and grudges. His presentations explore the HEAL process of forgiveness that, when learned, can lead to enhanced well-being through self-care. In class practice may include guided imagery, journal writing and discussion all presented in a safe and nurturing environment. Dr. Luskin holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University.

Dr. Luskin continues to serve as Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, an ongoing series of workshops and research projects that investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on a variety of populations. The forgiveness project has successfully explored forgiveness therapy with people who suffered from the violence in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone as well as the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. In addition his work has been successfully applied and researched in corporate, medical, legal and religious settings. He currently serves as a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University and is a Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He presents lectures, workshops, seminars and trainings on the importance, health benefits and training of forgiveness, stress management and emotional competence throughout the United States. He offers presentations and classes that range from one hour to ongoing weekly trainings.

Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep

05-12-17  Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep – a Conversation with Justina Lasley

We often think of our dreams as nonsensical distortions of our much more reasonable and important waking lives. At the same time we think of our waking lives as the source of information becoming a truth, and guidance.  As Justina Lasley shows us, our dreamworlds can be the bridge to great wisdom. You will learn from her personal story about how keeping track of her dream experiences awakened her from her rigid  lifestyle. They transformed her life and have the power to inform, enlighten, and guide us all.

While enjoying this rich conversation, you will gain a new respect for the potential of dream time and learn some valuable ways to interact with it. Dreams can be understood through the lenses of character, belief, and emotion, and they are a powerful channel to our power and passion.
Justina is the author of   Honoring the Dream: A Handbook for Dream Group Leaders,  In  My Dream… A Creative dream journal and her recently published book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep, and she will share some of the many tools she has found to help open this inspiring door to an expanded reality.

Be prepared for an intriguing and entertaining hour, concluding with a beautiful guided meditation.

“Our truest life is when we are in our dream awake” – Henry David Thoreau

Justina Lasley holds a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology and a B.A. in both Applied Art and Education.  She is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Dream Studies. This is an internationally recognized program that promotes the understanding of dream to help people claim their uniqueness and full potential. She is also the creator of DreamSynergy™, a comprehensive process with proven results for uncovering dream meaning leading to personal transformation. Learn more about Justina at

Get To The Promised Land Without Wondering 40 Years In The Wilderness

05-05-17  Get To The Promised Land Without Wondering 40 Years In The Wilderness– A conversation with Reverend Michael Schulenberg.

What is the promised land? Could it be that a militant agnostic could learn practical tools from sacred scriptures?

Reverend Michael Schulenberg is an Episcopal priest. Mike graduated from the same college as did I, Trinity College, in 1963. We met again, a full 50 years following our graduation, at a talk I gave. After my talk, Michael came up and insisted upon giving me a copy of a recent book of his. He said that he felt an enormous similarity between his book and the ideas that I had just spoken on. I felt my eyebrows go up – that this devout minister who, over the span of 34 years, had served as a parish priest for four different churches. What can he possibly have in common with a militant atheist like me?

Well, when I read it I was deeply moved. I have spent the last 40+ years trying to answer, through scientific study and mathematical reasoning, such questions as “What is healing,” “What is Life and “How can we access our deepest healing power and wisdom to transform our lives.” It was deeply fulfilling to discover that Mike, through the deep study, practice, and devotion to the teachings of a Christian church, had in essence come to the same conclusions.

In this episode we each share our perspective, and you will see how incredibly they match up. You will also have an opportunity to experience the love at the core of the relationship between these old friends. An intimate, honest, compassionate, and moving experience of what Mike and I feel is the deepest of human wisdoms and the key to living the life you came here to lead.

About The Reverend Michael Schulenberg:
Born in 1941 in Red Wing, MN;  1963 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with a B.A. in Economics. He then attended the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA, graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree. Ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1969 and became a priest in 1970.  He served four churches as a parish priest over a time-span of nearly 34 years, retiring from active ministry at the end of 2002.