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MAY 19-20

Integrating Power and Love: Collaboration and Leadership in Difficult Times

With Miki Kashtan, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20: 10am-6pm

  • Would you love to find ways to step into leadership without compromising collaboration?
  • Are you eager to break out of power over approaches to power?
  • Do you want to learn how to collaborate across power differences?
  • Do you long to work effectively with others towards an inspiring shared purpose?
  • Are you excited to engage productively with interpersonal, cultural and power differences in service of the whole?
  • Would you find it meaningful to grow your capacity to welcome conflict as a call to collaboration?

At this time of unprecedented challenge, no amount of individual change alone will suffice to change the rules of the game. If we are going to change the social structures that shape our lives, we will need to grapple with them directly. Moving in this direction will invariably ask us to collaborate with others towards shared visions.

This is where the task of living the future in the present becomes urgent, so that our way of working for change is equally important to what change we want to create.

Transforming separation, scarcity, and powerlessness in the context of developing new models of power and leadership is a world unto itself, and the journey of learning how to lead without coercing, how to truly combine power with love, will likely take significant individual and collective efforts to achieve. This is the essence of what this 2-day mini-intensive is about.

Miki Kashtan, Ph.D.

Transformative_FacilitationMiki is Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication.

Miki shares these tools through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, coaching, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society. Miki is committed to stewarding and using her privilege for the benefit of all.


  • Dates & Times: Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20: 9am-5pm
  • Cost: CB Members – Early Bird, $425 / Late – After April 26, $500 | Public – Early Bird, $500 / Late – After April 26, $650
  • Location: 10th & Mission Family Housing, 1390 Mission Street, San Francisco

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Community Healing through Restorative Justice, A Three-Day Facilitator Training

With Bonnie Wills & Kashka Banjoko

Friday, September 14: 5-9pm | September, 15 & September, 16: 9am-5pm

In Community Healing through Restorative Justice, Bonnie Wills and Kashka Banjoko will be addressing issues such as drug abuse, anger, trauma, and family/community violence as they impact the collective and individual healing of a community.

Kashka and Bonnie will provide you with the tools and strategies to actively support healing in your family, workplaces, communities, and institutions.

Their training will explain and explore how circles may be used to:

  • Resolve a Specific Challenge
  • Unite Community
  • Circumvent Litigation
  • Team Building
  • Unite Family
  • Enhance Communication

00 - Bonnie_Wills_CommHealBonnie Wills

Certified Diversity Facilitator, Restorative Justice Facilitator and Trainer, Bonnie has facilitated Restorative Justice Circles at Rafiki Coalition, Empress Hotel, CIIS, Woodside Gardens Apartments and at San Quentin Prison, and groups of formerly incarcerated youth.


00 - Kashka_Banjoko_CommHealKashka Banjoko

Kashka has facilitated Restorative Justice Circles at San Quentin Prison and currently facilitates circles in the re-entry pod at the San Francisco Jail and Valley State Prison. Kashkahas also worked with COSA with formerly incarcerated youth through RJOY.


  • Dates & Times: Friday, Sept 14: 5-9pm | Saturday, Sept 15 & Sunday, Sept 16: 9am-5pm
  • Cost: $225, CB Members | $250, General Public
  • Location: 10th & Mission Family Housing, 1390 Mission Street, San Francisco

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Cordell_Wesselink-2x1653Cordell Wesselink, MA
Cordell works as Mediation Supervisor for the Consortium for Children, which mediates throughout California between adoptive and birth families to help children maintain important relationships after adoption. Previously he was Community Boards’ ADR Programs Director, co-creating their Conflict Coaching program, managing their Neighborhood Mediation, coordinating and leading various trainings, and facilitating meetings. Cordell has a background in Gestalt Process from the Esalen Institute, along with theoretical and practical expertise from a Master’s Degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding. Visit his website: www.corelinkservices.com.

Betsy_Zeger - 2x1653Betsy Zeger
Betsy is a versatile and highly accomplished Conflict Resolution Specialist with long-term experience in helping clients achieve their goals. Betsy had a 25-year career as an agent and personal manager for composers in the music industry; for the past 10 years she is a community mediator/facilitator; and Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach. She also teaches High School students communication skills which are used in the Peer Support Center that she helped create. Betsy also is a co-creator and co-trainer for Community Boards’ Conflict Coaching Classes. Visit Betsy’s website: www.betsyzeger.com.


Dates & Times: To be scheduled
Recommended prerequisite: Community Boards’ The Basics of Mediation, a comparable 40-hour training, or two years of professional conflict resolution practice.
Location10th & Mission Family Housing, 1390 Mission Street, San Francisco [MAP]
Cost: CB Members, $375 | Public, $425

Training Overview
This two-day training is an intensive introduction to the principles of conflict coaching. Participants will learn how to apply their current conflict resolution and mediation skills. In addition, they will gain new insights to this unique approach and have opportunities to practice and apply them. Conflict coaching may be used in both personal and workplace contexts. It will add a valuable conflict resolution skill set to each participant’s repertoire.

Conflict coaching is a one-one session intended to assist individuals address specific conflicts in order to gain skills and tools to engage in, manage or productively resolve conflicts generally. It is a new and exciting discipline for professional mediators.

Training participants will learn to help those with a conflict to:

      • Identify personal needs and interests concerning the conflict
      • Understand better the other person’s needs and interests
      • Brainstorm possible solutions and ways to address these needs and interests
      • Evaluate and create criteria for selecting possible solutions

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Date & Times: To be scheduled
Required prerequisite: Community Boards’ Conflict Coaching 101
Cost, Registration & Payment: CB Members, $195 | Public, $245

This advanced conflict coaching training will give you new techniques and tools. You’ll have additional opportunities to practice conflict coaching and get expert feedback. This training is a must for those who have taken Community Boards’ Conflict Coaching Training 101.

In this highly hands-on, one-day training, you will learn when and how to:

      • Use an empathy map to broaden a client’s perspective and help them get more clarity.
      • Effectively use role play with clients to give them a chance to practice effectively communicating.
      • Teach the client effective communication techniques.
      • Work with a client that is really stuck and doesn’t see any good options.
      • End a conflict coaching session and make a referral when coaching isn’t the most effective option.

We will also talk in more depth about assisting clients in coming up with doable action plans and supporting the client to follow through with it. Additional techniques for conflict coaching by phone will also be covered.

Currently not an active Conflict Coach? While focused on conflict coaching, these skills are also useful in mediation, facilitation, consulting, H.R., family situations, and more. We hope you will join us in going to the next level of conflict coaching.

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Contact Karen H. Lipney, ADR Programs Director, (415) 920-3820 x109, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org.  Please include her name in the subject line.

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