Planning Change

Planning Change | Elizabeth Clemants

Our mission is to educate and empower individuals
to affect meaningful change through the thoughtful practice of conflict resolution
in their lives and the world around them.

The mission of Planning Change is to positively impact humanity by educating and empowering people to react thoughtfully and purposefully to the conflicts around them. From small brief disagreements to larger systemic disputes, we are all touched by conflict. However, our reaction to conflict – whether we’re individuals or organizations – is largely unconscious and often results in avoidant tactics or adversarial maneuvers, or both. There is another way. We can learn to respond to conflict with mindfulness and creativity. What changes when we shift from the old ways of engaging with conflict to this kind of approach? Nothing less than everything.

Elizabeth has been working in the field of alternative dispute resolution since 1997. Elizabeth was the Senior Director of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Community Mediation Centers from 1998 – 2004 where she focused much of her time on curriculum and training development. She was certified by the New York State Unified Court System as a mediation trainer in 2000 and built the mediator pool from a dozen to several hundred during her tenure. After leaving the community mediation center, Elizabeth focused on building a private training center that specialized in empowering individuals to affect meaningful change in their work and personal lives through the thoughtful practice of conflict resolution. Elizabeth opened Planning Change in 2007 and has expanded from a center that, at the beginning, offered just a Basic Mediation Training to one, that now, offers a wide variety of conflict resolution trainings throughout the year ranging from 1 day trainings to full certification programs.

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