susan-oct-2014-250x250Compassionate listening trainer and consultant Susan Partnow describes the practice of compassionate listening, and how it can be used as a tool for personal and global healing. 

Susan Partnow, is an organizational development consultant, trainer, and peace activist who has been sharing Compassionate Listening  for over twenty years.

She is a coauthor of the book Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening.

An enemy is someone whose story you haven’t heard.”   Gene Knudson Hoffman

 Listen to these short reflections on the show:

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You can also find it on the podcast on Itunes, episodes 32 and 33.



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About My Guest

Susan is an organizational consultant, trainer and peacemaker who works as a catalyst for individuals and teams seeking positive changes through workshops, retreats, and coaching. Her roots with compassionate listening go back to 1992 when she participated in an early trip to Israel/Jordan/Palestine in 1992. She served as a board member for The Compassionate Listening Project from 2000-2004 and continues to be actively involved. For over fifteen years she has facilitated dialogues, networking, and community building in organizations, government agencies, and the community to promote positive social change, ‘out of the box’ thinking, collective wisdom and teambuilding. Susan’s interest arises from a lifelong journey as a peacemaker, mediator and activist. Former teacher and speech pathologist, she co-founded Conversation Cafes and Let’s Talk America, and founded Global Citizen Journey in 2005.

“If we listen deeply underneath the story, we see ourselves in it and we feel the connection of our humanity.  That’s the place of transformation.”  Susan Partnow

From the Show

  • The five steps in the compassionate listening process.
  • Why the process always starts with the self.
  • How to  break out of the drama/rescue triangle.
  • How Compassionate Listening has been used to support peace in deeply conflicted areas of the world.
  • Ways in which all types of leaders can use this work.

The Show Notes  The Compassionate Listening Project – a site for resources and trainings in the Seattle area.

Check out the trainings offered regularly in the Seattle area!

To contact Susan:

The book: Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening  


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