Launch Event Presentation

Presentation Script (DRAFT 1)


Common plight (goal is to create connection with the audience.

Who here had the experience as a child of watching or being in the middle of a fight between your parents and felt helpless? (RAISE OWN HAND)
Who here has had the experience of being in the middle of a fight about politics and felt helpless?
I personally, was afraid of conflict growing up. I found it terrifying that the people with responsibility for others were unable to work together across differences.
But you know what, I don't feel hopeless anymore, because I now know that conflict is the engine of creativity and transformation. And in the years since my childhood I have found the tools and learned the skills that are needed to harness the potential energy of conflict and transform it into better relationships

Why This is important

Things are bad. The leadership in our country, our collective mommies and daddies are not acting responsibly. Everyone is afraid of what will come in 2024.
According to a June poll from pew: the only problem that republicans and democrats agree on (63% each) is a concern about the ability of republicans and democrats to work together.
We're facing the most important issues in history. The choices we make today will echo out through generations. Not being able to work together on these issue is not acceptable.

What if we could transform all this conflict into an engine of change. What if we could make our diversity and differences into our greatest asset.
We face a choice. Our conflict can be our destruction or our salvation. It really is up to us and seems to be the most important question we face. We all win or we all lose.
Here's another way to look at it:
Conflict is a natural result of diversity and can lead to creativity and innovation.
Conflict is an opportunity to learn about ourselves and others, and to build stronger relationships.
Conflict is the voice of the new paradigm, a call for change in a system that has outlived its usefulness
Conflict can lead to deeper understanding and appreciation of others' experiences and viewpoints.
Conflict is the voice of the new paradigm, a call for change in a system that has outlived its usefulness.
We need people who steward us through this transformation.

My course, "Facilitation and Conflict Transformation" you will learn about how conflict is a fundamental feature of diversity. You'll learn about how to harness conflict and collective intelligence to generate tremendously more effective solutions while forging deep and lasting relationships.
This is really possible.

Personal Transformation & Credibility

I used to be where you are: I grew up afraid of and avoiding conflict. Like most folk, I thought that is was the problem. At a young age I dedicated my life to "peace" and apparantly I took it very seriously, because I'm still on the same path. I am no longer afraid of conflict and instead of avoiding it, now I lean in.
I studied conflict and peace at universities in Washington, DC, Switzerland and Buenos Aires. I practiced for years in community mediation centers in Seattle and Oakland. I've obsessively trained in faciliation models for every shape, size and intensity of discussion. My work has taken me to places ranging from Colombian hot zones to PTA meetings at the elementary school down the street.
In the last years I've come to focus all of that knowledge on supporting the repair of our broken democracy and the healing of our political divisions. I call this effort the Omni-Win Project, and the message of that project is this:
Democracy is struggling. People want things to change. We already have the tools we need I want to share them with you.
I cannot think of anything more important for our current political crisis than developing a network of facilitators and conflict resolutionaries that can stand gracefully in the fire of conflict and transform it into sustainable all-win solutions.
Can You?
If you are ready to take the next step of stepping into that kind of leadership. This is the course for you.



The goal of this course is two-fold. 1)You will learn how to stand in the fire of conflict with comfort, calm and curiosity. AND 2) You will learn the secrets to transforming diverse perspectives into powerful collective intelligence.
But the course in more than facilitation and mediation tools. By attending, you will will learn lifelong skills that will deepen and improve all of your relationships. These skills are also the key to being a trusted and respected leader in the center of the political storm.
Across the six modules my course will show you how to approach conflict from all perspectives. You'll learn how to navigate conflicts as an individual and in interpersonal relationships. And you will learn how to steward others through conflict and into collective decision-making.

ONE LESSON (¿conflict cycle?)

Let's put it into perspective. My mentor teaches that there are three necessary ingredients to create a political conflict.
Diverse Group
Adversarial process
Use get these folks to discuss a Complex Problem and you have a political conflict.
There are many ways to try to fix this. The most popular are to reduce diversity by excluding people from the conversation, or to try to build equality by balancing power dynamics. These are important, but fall short, because there is only so far you can get. We hold diversity within ourselves, and we can't wait for everyone to have the same information, skills and positions.
People get stuck because they usually overlook the adversarial win-lose process.
By creating all-win processes for communication and decision making, diversity of perspectives becomes an asset. Furthermore, good processes create a container where structural hierarchies are flattened to support real exchange of information.
The upshot here is that the real source of political conflict is that our political system is set up to be an adversarial zero-sum process, and that is preventing us form uniting across our differences.

Transition Hook

Does anyone here believe that our political system can transform itself without the skills to communicate and collaborate across our differences?
Our world and our communities need people who can take us beyond polarization and show us all that diversity is our strength.

Overall Transformation summary:

Look, I really understand how scary things are in U.S. Politics. Our national mommies and daddies are in a nasty fight. They are so caught up in their tit-for-tat fight that they stopped keeping their eyes on the road long ago.
We are wise enough now to know that their behavior and dysfunction is not only unacceptable but it is also existentially dangerous. We can no longer let our differences and disagreements hold us back.
We understand that we need to take matters into our own hands. If they can't act responsibly, then it's our turn to take control of the wheel.

This course will take you from feeling helpless and hopeless in the face of dysfunction and confusion, and it will show you how to get in the drivers seat. This track will help you become the calm, respected and powerful leader that you know you need to become right now.

I'm here today because I believe in the project of the United Independents. I trust that right now I'm talking to the leaders that will steward our nation into a future that works for all of us.
It will not be an easy journey, but I really want you to know that it doesn't have to be a painful one. We really do have everything we need to get things working again and I can't wait for you to come to my course so I can share it all with you.

Is this for you?

This track is for you if you are tired of surface level discussions & disagreements and you want to dive deep into the heart of complex and important issues.
This track for you if you are ready to let political partisanship become a thing of the past, and you want to show your community how to get to an all-win future, that takes everyone's needs into consideration.
This track is for you if you want to understand what is actually going on? Why are things so dysfunctional?
This track is NOT for you if you believe that you already have everything figured out, or that you don't need to hear other's perspectives.


It could be easy to dismiss this course as only "soft skills" or maybe you're thinking that you already know how to "communicate." I'll push back on that in a few ways:
firstly, soft skills are hard skills. They do not come naturally, and require both practice and self-awareness.
Secondly, almost every problem/ conflict/ crisis that we face will require communication across differences, and all the evidence indicates that we are unable to do this.
There might not be anything more important than developing the soft skills we need to make sustainable and mutually acceptable decisions.
We are stuck. We need to get to the next level. Helping people navigate that process together is THE SKILL we need.


This leadership-in-action program is amazing. There are some truly incredible courses that you get to choose from.
I commend United Independents for making these skills so accessible, because the "Facilitation and Conflict Transformation" course is worth the registration fee alone. Not only do I charge hundreds for this course outside of the program, but the specific skills you'll learn with me are invaluable, because they can be applied in every relationship you have for the rest of your life.
insofar as you have choice, this would be a really good course to participate in live. In the course there will many opportunities to work with your specific conflicts.
With the current crisis in U.S. democracy and political culture, we are facing the biggest and most important conflict in history. I want to work with the next generation of facilitators and conflict resolutionaries who are ready to support the healing of our democracy. I can't do this alone. I hope you will join me.
If you know right now that this course is for you. I encourage you to put the first session on your calendar right now. ("Attend LIVE") Oct 5 at 4:30pm PT/7:30 ET
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