I really enjoyed how Jessie engaged the group in discussion rather than just lecturing, in order for there to be change there is a need for discussion. I felt that the ideas expressed by Jessie, as well as facilitating though provoking dialogue. This presentation was very inspiring and very much appreciated… Thanks.
I love the way Jessie thinks. Her use of metaphor creates pictures that explain and open question for the meanings of “WORD”, then her definitions that further detail that picture. Her energy and spirituality radiates crossing all cultural or life experience barriers.
Jessie Sutherland presents a balanced and harmonized approach to bringing about reconciliation. All four aspects of the individual (mind, heart, body and spirit) are delicately and profoundly brought together. It is poetry for peacemakers, a rhythm of inner growth and direct action in this world.
I have attended one of Jessie Sutherland’s workshops in Ottawa, Canada. Her research and presentation in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is very impressive. She is committed to her work. I have come from a background of political conflicts, genocide, hatred and bitter vengeance. I found her presentation inspiring and a tool to work with in my native Africa.
Engaging and energetic, Jessie Sutherland personalizes global challenges through enabling a true understanding of reconciliation and conflict transformation. I left her workshop with a greater understanding of how to bring about successful reconciliations at both the personal and political levels. Jessie’s uncanny talent for teasing out self-realizations will undoubtedly transform your approach to resolving conflicts.
Jessie Sutherland is a visionary. Her work on reconciliation draws upon decades of international work for peace and justice, and compliments it with her synthesis of the most cutting edge-scholarly research in the fields of dispute resolution and intercultural dialogue. Like the great Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, she is able to present profound and transformative insights, in simple, digestible format. As a result, those who attend her lectures and workshops leave feeling empowered, and equipped with practical tools that they can use to become instruments of transformation in their own communities.
I was inspired after taking Jessie Sutherland’s workshop. Her exercises and teachings about “indicators for false reconciliation” confirmed for me that the reconciliation my friends and I have been striving to achieve for our people and conflict-torn region on the Indo-Myanmar border is rooted at the right depth and based on the right values and principles. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone serious about genuine dialogue, healing and reconciliation. The world needs such conviction, faith, and commitment.
Jessie Sutherland was the lead Diversity instructor in our Police Recruit Training Program. The topic of Diversity has historically been one of the most challenging ones facing our instructors. Jessie was able to draw on her unique experience building inclusive communities to develop and deliver an innovative four-stage values-based approach to Diversity. She turned one of the most challenging topics in our police training program into one of our most effective.
Jessie’s approach to the topic of Diversity was based on an adult-learning model. She took the time to get to know the backgrounds of the participants in order to provide the most valuable learning experience possible. She had the recruits begin by exploring their own attitudes and behaviors so each recruit could reflect on aspects of their own lives to learn to apply the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for the cross-cultural problem solving, communication, and networking that is so important in all aspects of police work. This approach brought real meaning to each recruit’s learning experience.
I made it a point to sit in on Jessie’s sessions because they were so interesting. I learned a lot about each recruit because they were often discussing how teaching points pertained to them individually. I still use Jessie’s theories pertaining to Diversity in my own teaching sessions, appropriately referenced of course.
Jessie’s course educated me on the meaning of worldviews and reconciliation and gave me insight into the importance of how internal change can affect my relationships, my community and my place in the world. Through exercises, group discussion and private discussion, I was able to understand what I need to pay attention to in myself so that I can contribute more effectively to my community. Through Jessie’s entertaining stories, light humour and extensive experience and knowledge, I got a glimpse of what a world of equality among nations might look like if we follow Jessie’s lead and carry on as if it’s already happened. Her inspiration and determination will surely transform the world.
Jessie Sutherland’s course dissolves outdated paradigms regarding human conflict and misunderstanding. She offers hope for the development of a new and more useful paradigm, and she gives students the encouragement they need to “hand out” in the scary spaces between the paradigms, while the old one dissolves and a new one develops. It is an amazing and exhilarating journey.