For this conversation, we spoke with Christine Gilman, who is a facilitator at the Compassionate Listening Project. The Compassionate Listening Project was founded by Leah Green and inspired by the work of Gene Knudsen Hoffman, who has rightly been called the pioneer of compassionate listening. Gene was the author of the book Compassionate Listening, which you’ll hear Christine reference a few times.
When we first heard Christine talk about this subject, we knew it was something we wanted to integrate more into our lives and hope that its principles become a greater part of our communities and society. As we get into the episode, Christine explains specifically what Compassionate Listening is.
Listen to this audio conversation here:
To give you a little bit more on Christine’s background: as a Compassionate Listening facilitator, she consults globally with university and organizational leaders wanting to integrate Compassionate Listening values into their curriculum and events. She also facilitates Compassionate Listening workshops engaging teens, women in trauma centers, and interfaith organizations in the Middle East. She holds an associate’s degree in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute, and studied advanced art and painting at Portland State University.