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Ashok Panikkar


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Ashok is fond of saying that, while he is no Mother Theresa or Gautama Buddha, he is utterly fascinated by the intricacies and nuances of conflict resolution and peacemaking. A facilitator for 25 years, he has been called many names, including “agent provocateur.” The many hats he wears include mediator, facilitator, educator, and office clown.

When asked why he does this work, he says: ‘Conflicts are early warning signals that things are changing, and the old rules and norms are no longer effective. Doing this work allows me a ringside view of social changes. Paying attention to these changes helps me participate in and hopefully influence them at some level.’

Ashok believes in the virtues of being clear, precise and uncomfortably honest. He is allergic to conventional wisdom, popular buzzwords, platitudes, political correctness, and sound bites.

Ashok’s professional credentials include:

Director of Training and Workplace Mediation with a conflict resolution program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Trainer and consultant with a Boston-based international human rights organization dealing with diversity and multicultural relations.

Advanced training in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation from leading U.S. institutes, including Harvard Law School, the Center for Dispute Resolution, and the Public Conversations Project.

Former Board Member of Mediators Beyond Borders (2010-2012), a non-profit humanitarian organization partnering with communities worldwide to build conflict resolution capacity.

Visiting speaker at Cardozo Law School (New York City), Colorado University (Boulder, Colorado), Regis University (Denver, Colorado), and the United Nations.

Keynote speaker at the Mediators Beyond Borders 2011 Annual Congress in Berkely, California and presenter at the 2010 Association of Conflict Resolution Conference in Chicago.

MA in Critical & Creative Thinking, University of Massachusetts.

Delivered talks in Belgium, Germany, Greece, India, The Netherlands, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

If you want to reach out to Ashok and say thank you (which I think you should), find out a bit more about his work and the work of Meta Culture you can contact him by email or through his website.