Co-creating Peace

Co-creating Peace Episode #95 – “The Heart is our Compass: Compassionate Listening in Polarized Times", Part 1

November 21, 2022 Kathleen Oweegon
Co-creating Peace
Co-creating Peace Episode #95 – “The Heart is our Compass: Compassionate Listening in Polarized Times", Part 1
Show Notes

Each of us has a yearning to be deeply heard, but few of us know how to actually do that for others. Fortunately, there is a beautiful process called Compassionate Listening, which anyone can easily learn to do.

Enjoy “The Heart is our Compass: Compassionate Listening in Polarized Times, Part 1”, Episode #95 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious communication & conflict transformation.

This is the first of a 2-part interview with Susan Partnow about Compassionate Listening. Susan works closely with Leah Green, founder of The Compassionate Listening Project as the Coordinator for the Advanced Compassionate Listening Training and a mentor for those who seek certification as a Compassionate Listening facilitator. 

In this episode, we talk about the origin of Compassionate Listening, its five core practices and how we can cultivate compassion. 

Join us on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, for an early broadcast of Part 2 of this conversation where Susan and I will talk about how to bring Compassionate Listening into your daily life and how to use Compassionate Listening in contentious conversations, including those you may find yourself in with your family over the Thanksgiving holiday, especially amidst the discordant political climate we are in.

Susan Partnow, M.A., has catalyzed social transformation and worked to heal the world ‘from the inside out’ through The Compassionate Listening Project (TCLP) for over 35 years from Africa and India to Guatemala, Cuba to Japan.

To learn more about the Compassionate Listening Project visit To contact Susan Partnow directly, email her at:

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