Susan Partnow and The Power of Compassionate Listening, Restorative Circles and Bringing Peace into Everyday Practice.
Susan Partnow is passionately committed to grassroots citizen action,
Susan Partnow peacemaking, dialogue and community building. She facilitates processes that transform conflict and promote co-intelligence - all arising from a deep belief that we can and must 'listen our way to wholeness' and find our essential humanity through connection and dialogue. For decades, Susan has helped create grassroots networks that work collaboratively and compassionately, from the founding of Families for Peace in the early 80's to Global Citizen Journey in 2003. Susan has joined delegations of The Compassionate Listening Project to the Middle East, Peace Trees Vietnam, and the Citizen's Train to Washington D.C. Along with local partners in each country, Susan led Global Citizen Journey's inaugural trip to the creeks area of the Niger Delta where they built friendship, leadership, and the area's first library. Subsequent Journeys included Ghana 2006 where they built an Orphanage/Community Center; Burundi 2008 where GCJ helped a women's' cooperative buy land, seed and tools; and most recently Liberia 2010 and 2011 to launch the Liberia Peacebuilder Initiativeby training a group of extraordinary, diverse Liberian leaders as trainers in Compassionate Listening, Restorative Circles and reconciliation, as well as facilitators of Open Space and World Café. She is currently working on a project to bring Restorative Circles to a women's state prison outside of Seattle as an empowering, transformative way to bring healing and reduce violence in the prison.