Signs of Hope: New Stories Shaping a Better World
We are delighted to offer this series of monthly conversations with pioneers serving the Common Good and actively sowing seeds of a better world at every opportunity.
We find ourselves in a period of transition between two Ages when old structures and beliefs are dying and new ones are emerging. Sometimes it is difficult to see the hope-filled shoots of new possibilities amid the disarray of a society in upheaval.
The intent behind this new series is more than just naming projects around the planet that are giving birth to hope – its deeper purpose is to create a portal through which the presence of Fiery Hope can enter and ignite the heart of our humanity. It is an invitation for us to act as true Gaians and be active agents of Hope wherever and whenever we find ourselves – encouraging us to step up and offer our unique gifts in response to the call of the Soul and the urgent need of the times.
Our guests for the October 17th Signs of Hope broadcast are Jeffrey Weisberg (Executive Director of The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding) and Cindy Grimes (Program Facilitator of The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding). Michael Lindfield hosted the session on behalf of Meditation Mount.
Duration: 57 Minutes
Executive Director – The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
For the past 30 years, Jeffrey has been involved in the personal and professional development of both youth and adults. His work spans a wide spectrum from an Outward Bound instructor to working in prisons and youth detention spaces. He brings a wealth of knowledge and skill in guiding people through complex conflict within families, organizations and communities. His work with The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding has received awards and recognition for their innovative approach in demonstrating a community-based peacebuilding model that seeks to embed best and next practices that include Restorative Justice, Police Youth Dialogues, Trauma Responsive care and Social Emotional Learning. As a certified mediator for the past 25 years, Jeffrey provides coaching, mentoring and support to practitioners around the world to provide new pathways towards understanding, reconciliation, and transformation. Jeffrey is a proud grandfather, adventurer and enthusiast of our natural world.
Program Facilitator – The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
Cindy Grimes has a passion for empowering individuals with understanding and practical tools to transform their personal lives and communities. Cindy has been a child and family advocate for over 30 years. Her professional background encompasses the public, nonprofit and business sectors, having worked as a social worker, child advocate, training facilitator, entrepreneur and magazine publisher. Cindy holds a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute. She is an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living presently serves as Spiritual Director for the Center in Ocala, Florida. She is a training facilitator with The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and is Co-Founder of Circle Up Center for Practical Peacebuilding. Kindness is the Cure is the title of her 2015 TEDxOcala talk.
Board President – Meditation Groups Inc.
Michael is a highly regarded consultant and coach helping unleash the creativity of the human spirit to meet the needs of our times and the call of the future. He learned his craft from a range of experiences that include: a 14-year residency as a gardener and as Director of Education at the Findhorn Community in Scotland; small-scale organic farming in western Sweden; conducting seminars and presenting at conferences around the world on the theme of ‘transforming self and society’ and as a senior organization development consultant with The Boeing Company from 1989-2005.