Strategic Solutions for Human Issues
Melded Works Partners
Melded works partners are experienced professionals with relevant services, similar philosophies, and their own unique and valuable approach. We resourcefully meld programs and compassionate approach to broaden perspectives and offerings for complex issues. As colleagues we work together to deepen discussions and promote positive forward movement using 21st century solutions.
Joe Weston is an international workshop facilitator, author, consultant, personal life coach, creative 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, mindfulness 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.
Joe's vision is to provide individuals and companies skills and tools to operate from a position of personal fulfillment, and commitment to engage with others in an openhearted way – with respect, understanding, inclusiveness and compassion.
His clients include NASA, The World Bank, Oxfam, The Giving Institute, Mitsubishi Motors and various governmental and educational institutions.
Michael is a renowned Social Justice Advocate. He has extensive experience providing challenging and collaborative equity and inclusion consulting. He has a deep understanding of culturally responsive work and the impact
of intersectional identities. Michael has worked in a wide variety of environments including non-profit social service agencies and organizations, private and public K-12 education, colleges, and educational consortia. In all of these environments,
Michael has been a champion of social justice and has had some formal responsibility for the evolution and care-taking of institutional cultures. Michael teaches Social Justice at the Portland State University School of Social Work.
He has formal training in research practices, diversity work, mediation, and education. He has learned and implemented best practices for team building and diversity/equity training, providing consulting to agencies and businesses both large and small. Michael applies a combination of Anti-Oppressive Practice, Eco-Feminist, and Intersectional theories as well as Critical Race Theory (CRT) to inform his operational framework.
Michael’s mission is to create and sustain conversations around race, gender, privilege, and LGBT issues: to speak one’s truth respectfully and with honor.