Lead Consultant and Owner, Clarity Facilitation
2010: I am learning and practicing the integration of spirituality with organizational leadership and change. I facilitate strategic planning, program development, and program evaluation with nonprofit, government, and religious organizations. In that work, I draw on practices for opening up individually and collectively to deep sources of knowing and guidance. I organize gatherings and networks of people who are also drawn to incorporate spirituality and faith in organizational life.
I do writing about this topic on my blog, The Spirit of Institutions, and in other writing projects. I’m particularly interested in the transformation of criminal justice institutions, as they move from retributive to restorative values in how they operate.
I live in Minneapolis with my wife and two kids. I welcome collaboration with other CJP folks!
2005: Being a Dad is definitely at the top of the list. I like it a lot. With my wife Jenny we are the parents of Isaiah, born in 2002, and Grace born in 2005.
I’m still working at the Council on Crime and Justice, and my job is managing our prison reentry and victim advocacy programs. In 2005, I facilitated a prison-based restorative justice project called Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice–where offenders, victims of severe crimes, and other community members took turns sharing their stories of how crime has impacted their lives and how they ‘ ve lived with that impact. A part of my work focus is integrating the needs and perspectives of crime victims into offender reentry. I’m interested in prisons being places of restoration, and I also look forward to seeing the elimination of racial disparities in the criminal justice system in the United States .
I’m also still doing freelance work through my consulting business, Clarity Facilitation. This year I taught a continuing education class about how leadership has worked in nonviolent movements since 2000 in Eastern Europe and Asia. I ‘m interested in what the “Gandhis” of 2005 look like.
Another passion of mine is making movies—such as short documentaries about social change initiatives, or fun movies with kids that tell silly stories. Some of the movies are on-line at the Clarity Facilitation website.