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We envision a collaborative world…  finding strategies that maximize value everyone.

Our mission is to empower people and teams through joyful collaborative communication.

Supported by the lens of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by Marshall Rosenberg, our organization is small but we do great things. We strive to live by the principles we teach. We have a community of associates to help with larger projects, as we model the collaborative environments that we inspire to grow. Each one of us has decades of experience in facilitating change in organizations, families and within. Contact us to find out how we can help you.

Co-facilitator picture taken at workshop: Compassionate Communication to Empower Collaboration

Co-facilitator picture taken at workshop: Compassionate Communication to Empower Collaboration

We (James & Alara) have come to realize that our trainings are much more powerful and fun when we work together…

James Prieto has a trainer certification from the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and has been facilitating workshops since 2005. He passionately believes in Agile principles and is excited about the benefits of NVC to any team and organization. He also has an Agile Coaching certification from the International Consortium for Agile, and a Scrum Master certification (CSM) from the ScrumAlliance.

James has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in electrical and computer engineering specializing in software development and digital communication systems. In addition to coaching teams developing software, he provides personal coaching, interpersonal communication consulting services, workshop customization and facilitation. The combination of technical and interpersonal skills uniquely qualify James to inspire organizations to the next level of collaboration, well-being, innovation and long-term value.

He has a daily Yoga/Tai Chi practice, and enjoys many outdoor activities: mountain biking, beach volleyball, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding. He authored the book “The Joy of Compassionate Connecting,” and has several writing projects in the works. His professional profile is available through LinkedIn.

Alara Tiernan, who is James’ sweetheart, is a frequent co-facilitator. Alara and James met during the Compassionate Leadership program in 2012, and have co-facilitating trainings since 2013. Alara has authored and contributed to several books about holistic health and self-discovery including “Life Force: Experience Paradise in your Lifetime“, “Too Much, Too Little, Just Right: Finding the Middle Path,” “Raw Success and Raw Spirit,” along with Kevin Trudeau’s best-selling book and website “Natural Cures.” She has participated in numerous self-development courses over the last 15 years including: Landmark Education, Peak Potentials, Total Integration Institute, PAX Programs, and Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication. After spending six years as a health specialist for Raw Food World and Natural News, she is now an editor for an uplifting online newspaper. Alara enjoys playfully facilitating workshops about gender differences and interpersonal communication.  More than anything, Alara lives to help bring people into a state of harmony with themselves and others.

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