About Respectful Confrontation
At the heart of Respectful Confrontation is the belief that it is possible to stand in your power, speak your truth, hear the truth of others, and get your needs met in a way that won’t harm you or others. Many of us have negative associations with confrontation; we think it is the same as conflict. However, by exploring the principles of Respectful Confrontation, you will discover that confrontation is nothing more than openhearted engagement and ultimately the most effective way to avoid and resolve conflict. This process not only deepens relationships, but it can also be used to find purpose and fulfillment in your life, as well as a modality for new leadership skills for the 21st century.
Inspired by the wisdom and practices of martial arts, ancient teachings, and contemporary communication models, this easy-to-follow method (designed to benefit both the individual as well as organizations and groups) provides exercises and tools that can be immediately implemented, and offers a clear process to find personal freedom and to engage with others in an empowered way with understanding and respect.
If we are going to move peacefully through the current shifts and changes in our personal relationships, in our communities, and on a global scale, we will need to develop clearer, respectful ways to communicate in order to find new, creative solutions to current problems. Unfortunately, many of us have not been taught the language and skills of collaboration. Respectful Confrontation offers a simple and powerful practice and mode of communication that enables you to stay connected and engaged, and to confront others on both loving and hurtful issues.
Peacemaking should not focus solely on law enforcement and getting armies to put down their weapons. For positive, lasting change to occur, we must develop the skills to stay engaged with others in a peaceful way, even when we disagree and especially when someone has been hurt. The true practice of the peacemaker is to manage reactive behavior while having the generosity to hear someone else’s side to a story and then skillfully reach resolution and understanding or find ways to disagree respectfully. This is the blueprint of a twenty-first century peacemaking coalition.
And it all starts with the individual! It doesn’t take place on the battlefields. It takes place in the family kitchens, the schoolyard, the workplace, and in line at the supermarket. Every small contribution makes a difference. Each time we avoid or resolve conflict we move one step closer to a culture of lasting peace.
About Joe Weston
Joe Weston is an international workshop facilitator, author, consultant, personal life coach, creative social activist, and advocate for peace. His book, Mastering Respectful Confrontation, is selling throughout the world.
Born and educated in New York, Joe lived in Amsterdam for 17 years and now lives in Washington DC. Joe brings a wealth of insight to his work based on many teachings, including Tai Chi Chuan, Buddhism, Taoism and a variety of ancient traditions—plus his experience in theater and various organizational trainings, to create a unique style of training and coaching that combines theory with somatic exercises.
His clients include NASA, The World Bank, Oxfam, The Giving Institute, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mitsubishi Motors and various government and educational institutions, including Omega Institute and various Dharma and retreat centers around the world.. He is currently working with women’s rights and other humanitarian organizations in OPTI/Israel and Beirut, different veterans organizations, supporting returning and wounded veterans in their process of integration and healing, and has also volunteered for the Liberation Prison Project, teaching Buddhism to inmates.
Joe is committed to helping others embody their true power, overcome and prevent conflict, and supporting them on their journey towards personal fulfillment and freedom. He is the founder of Heartwalker Peace Project, initiating various “Heartwalks” (peace rallies with routes in the shape of a heart) and peace vigils to create opportunities for connection, discussion, and creative collaboration.
Joe Weston believes that the way to bring about lasting peace is to take responsibility for one’s own actions, find ways to empower others, and create opportunities for strangers to come together, share knowledge, experience, wisdom and respect in order to collaborate and inspire one another to create new solutions to old problems.
Joe Weston’s Clients have included:
- World Bank
- Oxfam International
- Various US government agencies
- Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Dutch National Office for the Performing Arts
- Liberation Prison Project
- Suffolk University, Multi-Cultural Summit
- Political refugees from the Balkans
- Corporate and non-profit employees from every continent, such as Mitsubishi Motors, Canon, Nissan, KLM, Kasbank and more.
- Students, teachers, parents, and artists, at organizations such as:
- Omega Institute
- LA Unified School District & Garden City High School
- NY City Council for the Arts
- World Trade Center Language School
- Webster University in Leiden
- University of Amsterdam & University of Utrecht
- Amsterdam National Theatre School
- Shukin StateTheatre School Moscow
- Tse Chen Ling Buddhist Center
- NY City Fringe Festival
What They’re Saying about Joe Weston:
Joe is a modern day spiritual teacher, to me. In his presence I am calm, though deeply engaged with life’s circumstances. His compassion, wisdom and strength radiates through his eyes. He listens intently and answers with practical advice. Joe is essentially cross-cultural and non-judgmental and equally present with all he meets — inmates, guards and chaplains. His trainings and book radiates with the same wisdom, compassion, strength, and understanding.
California State Prison at Jamestown, CA