Wendy Wood, PhD and Thais Mazur, PhD - The Karuna Center

Current Projects and Partners

Environmental Justice and Public Policy

The Karuna Center is partnering with a number of regional and national stakeholders to facilitate reflective and transformational dialogues with multiple stakeholders, — environmental justice advocates, tribal representatives, local businesses, public policy decision makers — to design and implement collaborative, sustainable climate change efforts. We are also working closely with indigenous communities around issues of environmental justice, climate crises, and health equity in California and the Alaskan Territory.

Resilient Rural Communities 

The Karuna Center is implementing Community Resilience and Engagement dialogues designed to create a critical mass of neighborhood and regional leaders with the capacity to effectively advocate for practices, programs, and policies that strengthen the resilience of communities in Northern California. We are helping to facilitate ongoing convening of key stakeholders and community representatives, build communities of practice, and advocacy supporting multi-sector intersections of all ages and cultures.

Social and Environmental Qualitative Research

The Karuna Center works closely with the Human Science Institute leading qualitative research efforts grounded in a transdisciplinary social science perspective, and supporting efforts that are responsive to current environmental and social challenges. The Institute offers a communications and networking platform to connect scholars, practitioners, advocates and activists working on diverse contemporary issues. humanscienceinstitute.org

Democracy, Politics, and Conflict Engagement

The Karuna Center is collaborating with conflict engagement and peace building practitioners who work in social, environmental, political and community impact spaces experiencing conflict, through networking, community engagement, creating learning opportunities, trainings, providing direct conflict related services, and supporting practitioners with projects. Education and Resources are available including BUILD Community of Practice, the Journal of Democracy and Peace Building, and the Conflict Literacy Framework. dpaceinitiative.org

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Advanced Training

Along with Ken Cloke and the Center for Dispute Resolution, we have designed and now offer mediation and advanced conflict resolution training, coaching, and mentoring for social and environmental advocates, organizers, leaders, and people working with community, social, political, labor, and environmental organizations. Participants build their skills and capacities needed to engage conflicts creatively and constructively; not just to increase civility, but to explore differences, turn passion and commitment into generative and creative problem-solving, and make change easier, more effective, collaborative, satisfying, and inclusive. centerfordisputeresolution.com

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