As a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Jared Finkelstein's work is fueled by his belief that an empathic quality of connection is what is essential in our increasingly connected world. The importance of a connection that embraces authenticity, honesty, and compassion was instilled in Jared at the Poughkeepsie Day School in upstate New York, a small K–12 private school that prioritized child-centered learning and community values where Jared's parents were teachers and administrators and he was a student for all of his formative schooling years. Family, community, and schooling all threaded together during his childhood, and this experience has fueled his work and personal philosophy.
Marshall Rosenberg’s vision of life-serving systems — organizations and communities that weave the practice of Nonviolent Communication into the very fabric of their institutions for the purpose of creating peace and sustainability has been hugely influential upon Jared. For the past ten years he has put his passion into manifesting these sorts of communities as a team member of the NVC Educators Institute’s flagship training program, Teach for Life, and as an active contributor to NVC Family HEART Camp, all age 24/7 immersions into compassionate community and collaborative learning.
Jared lives and works in Berkeley, California.