Co-creating Peace

Co-creating Peace

Welcome to Co-creating Peace, a podcast focused on Conscious Communication and Conflict Transformation. Do you have an important conversation that you know you need to have, but are dreading because you fear it will not go well? Do you avoid confrontation because you equate confrontation with conflict? Do you avoid conflict because you believe the only two approaches to conflict are fight or flight, and that nothing good ever comes from conflict? Then, Co-creating Peace is the podcast for you! In each 30-minute weekly episode, we will explore powerful tools and practices you can use to evolve your approaches to the important, yet difficult conversations you need to have. Each episode will be rich with a variety of tools, understandings, and advice in response to questions from people just like you. Your host, Kathleen Oweegon is the founder of Bridges of Peace Communication & Conflict Resolution Services. She brings to you over 20 years experience as a mediator, facilitator, and interpersonal communication coach, as well the shared wisdom of other experts in human relations, communication, and conflict resolution. Do you have a question or concern about a communication dynamic with someone in your life that you'd like some advice about? Are you wondering about how to tell your boss that their breath odor is offensive without shaming them? Thinking about taking a romantic relationship to the next step, but you aren't sure about how to negotiate getting your relationship needs met? Wishing you had the right words for a sensitive conversation you know you need to have? Are you longing to resolve a conflict or break a conflict cycle with someone in your life? Submit your questions to Kathleen at:, and she will give you detailed answers in a podcast!Listen to Co-creating Peace and become empowered to co-create peace in your life!


May 29, 2023 33 mins

In Episode # 112, which aired in mid-March, I introduced you to Starts With Us by inviting you to participate in their Finding the Way Out Challenge. I'm delighted to welcome Tom Fishman, CEO of Starts with Us to the show to tell us more about Starts with Us, and the wonderful work this organization is doing. Tom will also share some insights and tools for bridging divides.

Welcome to “Overcoming Division Through Curiosity, Com...

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I’ve spoken often on this show about how if we want to truly be heard, we have to help others feel safe hearing us. Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Stephan Wiedner, a psychological safety expert. Stephan brings us deeper insights into the importance of psychological safety and the myriad of ways it can be used to foster peace and mutual understanding.

Welcome to "Psychological Safety, Peace & Human Understanding...

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For centuries wise people have reminded us – or at least, tried to remind us – that it is much easier to co-create peace with others if we have peace within ourselves. One such person is my guest today, Jennifer Boyatt.

Welcome to “From Peace Within Comes Peace With Others”, Episode #115 of Co-creating Peace, a podcast about conscious communication & conflict transformation. 

Jennifer Boyatt is a creative, a healer, a visionary, ...

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In an era rife with judgement, bias and objectification, how do we reduce the harms of toxic polarization? How do we re-humanize one another? We set aside our beliefs about each other, we sit down together, and we connect through dialogue – one Being to another. We listen to learn & understand. 

Welcome to “Listen First at the National Week of Conversation”, Episode #114 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious c...

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How do we find our way back to recognizing, to remembering our shared humanity? It will take the efforts of many. It will take courage. It will take faith. It will take many approaches from many directions. You’ll find many of those approaches in episodes of Co-creating Peace, including this one. I know you will enjoy “Ubuntu Works”, Episode #113. 

Joining me again is Eric Sirotkin, my guest in Episode #99 “The Lawyer as Peacemaker”...

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Welcome to “Speaking of Listening.....”, Episode #112 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious communication & conflict transformation.

The last couple of episodes of this podcast have been about listening. I’m continuing that in this episode as a lead-up to two important and related upcoming events: 

Finding the Way Out Challenge  is an invitation to look deeply but kindly within yourself by completing a 4-week Challenge...

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Welcome to “The Power of the Pause" (Episode #79 Redux), Episode #111 of Co-creating Peace, a podcast series about conscious communication and conflict transformation.  

Last week, in Episode #110, “Mindful Spacious Listening”, Alan Carroll & I talked about creating the space in a conversation for another person to fully share what they want us to hear, and creating the space within our awareness to deeply hear them. During...

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Are the words in your head crowding out the messages others are trying to get across to you? Is thinking about what you’re going to say in response blocking what they need you to know from getting through to you? Do your judgements get in the way of deeply hearing another person? Have you noticed that you often misunderstand what a person is trying to tell you, resulting in hurt feelings or conflict?

There is a remedy for this: Mind...

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Have you ever felt bombarded by words – perhaps the words someone is speaking to you, or the words in your head crowding each other to be spoken? Words spoken to quickly are often absent of mindfulness and the wisdom that comes with that, and may not allow the listener the opportunity to fully absorb the message the words are intended to convey. The depth and potential of understanding can be diminished when words are delivered in ...

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Conflict comes in many shapes and sizes. Peacemakers must constantly look for creative approaches to resolving and transforming conflict. These approaches and their methods must be adapted to the context and nature of the conflict as well as to the people involved and, often, the culture of those people.

Is it possible to resolve or transform conflict, and find healing and restoration when the conflict involves large groups of peopl...

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A common cause of conflict between adult siblings and their parents is how the parents’ assets are, or will be, distributed. In this era of aging baby boomers, many of whom are making their end-of-life arrangements, this issue seems to be coming up even more frequently. Some parents choose to distribute some of their assets before they die, which can get mixed reactions from their children.

This isn’t as straightforward as some peop...

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People have a wide range of sensitivities. Some have very little sensitivity to what’s going on around them or within others. Some people have such a high level of sensitivity to the experiences of others that they have a hard time differentiating other peoples’ internal experiences from their own.

Jennifer Moore, author of Empathic Mastery joins us to share some insights into that experience, and how it can affect our relationships...

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“Secrets to Sustainable Relationships, Part 2  – Living Relationally”, Episode #105 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious communication and conflict transformation. I’m Kathleen Oweegon.

Last week, in Episode #104 Nancy Pickard, a Master Integrative Life Coach, and I discussed the importance of setting healthy boundaries to help our relationships be sustainable. In a continuation of that conversation, Nancy & I explore ...

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Nancy Pickard, a Master Integrative Life Coach, joins me to talk about the importance of setting healthy boundaries to help us to have relationships that are sustainable.

I hope you will enjoy “Secrets to Sustainable Relationships Part 1: The Benefits of Boundaries”, Episode #104 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious communication and conflict transformation. 

Highlights of our conversation include:

  • The benefit of boundar...
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Welcome to “Empathy: The First Step to Peace”, Episode #103 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious communication and conflict transformation. 

All around us we hear about the many divides we are experiencing as a nation, and as a specie. Solutions to the issues that divide us are complex, will take time to discover and then act upon, and the division surrounding them only delays discovery of the solutions.

The good news is th...

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One of our many limitations as human beings is our limited perspective. Most of the time, we only view the world from our own frame of reference. While, of course, this is natural and normal, it may not always give us a clear picture.... or the full picture. Reacting to what life presents us from that limited or even distorted perspective may not always serve us well. If we are upset, our view can become even more limited, constric...

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We face many challenges in today’s world. High among them is the need for more wise, strong, conscious leaders. Many young adults around the world have that potential, but they need education, mentoring, a direction to move in, and the opportunity to implement what they learn. Yet access is limited, especially for those who live in underdeveloped and impoverished countries.

That’s where the International Institute for Glo...

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I'm excited to be celebrating 100 episodes of Co-creating Peace! I am so grateful to all you loyal listeners & patrons for the continued success of this podcast. Many of you have reached out to me with feedback & ideas for topics; some have requested advice, communication coaching, or other services. It’s been so great to connect with all of you! I look forward to our continued connection & to being of service thro...

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Most people see the legal arena as a place to do battle, a place where we annihilate the person we see as our opponent. We seek an attorney to be our warrior to win the legal battle for us. What if there was another way? What if attorneys took a different approach, one where they would still be an advocate and champion the cause of their client, but without long drawn-out battle and attempts at mutual annihilation?  What might be p...

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Enjoy “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Experience”, Episode #98 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious communication and conflict transformation.

What most often gets in the way of a person’s success is their own limiting beliefs. This is true when it comes to business, self-empowerment, what we manifest in our life, and to resolving conflict. Yes, our biggest obstacle in life is our own thinking. Joining me today to talk ...

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