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Listening Lab Workshops for Community Care Online

Listening Lab Workshops for Community Care

Join us for workshops to discuss and practice tools that allow us to connect, hold difficult conversations, and better understand each other. 

Registration required for each session.

May 25th: Self-Care for Community Care: Listening for Our Needs and Learning How to Meet Them 

What role does self-care play in shaping our relationships with our loved ones and wider communities? How do we balance our needs and the needs of others? This can be harder than we think. Sometimes we find ourselves in relationships or difficult conversations where listening is a one-way street. At other times, we realize that we have prioritized everyone else's needs and perspectives before ours. Some of us dream of finding careers, relationships, and pursuits that we find meaningful while living lives that meet everyone else's expectations rather than our own. At these times, listening to ourselves can be hard. Our own inner voices may be drowned out by social expectations or our fears of losing connection with those around us. The most difficult conversations can be the ones we avoid having with ourselves. This workshop provides tools and frameworks for getting in touch with our needs and finding out what really matters to us so that we can find the courage to pursue what we most want while retaining our connection to our wider communities. 

June 1st: Making Requests and Saying No: Learning our Capacities and Boundaries as a form of Community Care

This workshop will provide participants with skills in making requests that they find difficult to make and to say no without losing connection with others. The simple act of asking for support or saying no can be fraught with emotions. On the one hand, we may find it hard to make requests out of fear of hearing a no or for being judged for asking. On the other hand, we may avoid saying no out of fear of damaging a relationship or facing the fallout of others' reactions, leading us to do things we don't want to, at the cost of our well-being. This workshop teaches participants skills in distinguishing requests from demands and asking for support and saying no in a connected way.

Nethra Samarawickrema

As an anthropologist, mediator, and the Director of Ethnography and Design at Dovetail Labs, Dr. Nethra Samarawickrema has taught empathetic listening and difficult conversations at a range of workplaces, including the tech sector, non-profit and activist organizations. She lectures at Stanford University’s d.School alongside Yuri Zaitsev and provides coaching and consulting through Listen Up, a lab that brings empathy and creativity to train people to have hard conversations by listening for what matters.  

Yuri Zaitsev

Yuri Zaitsev is a human-centered design consultant for corporations and governments, big and small, around the world: from Fortune 500 tech companies in Silicon Valley to banks serving small villages in Uganda. He specializes in healthcare as previous Lead of Concept Development of Advanced Manufacturing in Stryker, and now focuses on creating environments that promote physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. He lectures alongside Nethra Samarawickrema and conducts workshops internationally in Design Thinking, Ethnography, and Serious Game Design.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Show more dates
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
Burlingame Public Library, Main
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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