About

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez & Both-And Consulting

Imagine a world where people enjoy working equitably together to meet personal and planetary needs.

My work is in service of that vision. As a consultant, I focus on individual and organizational development in the areas of governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution.

I bring a variety of methods and approaches to my work. For governance and decision-making, I prefer Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy; for communication skills, I enjoy sharing Compassionate Communication/Nonviolent Communication™; and for conflict resolution, I use Restorative Circles and NVC Mediation.

What these approaches have in common is support for the notion that everyone’s needs matter. We can organize any institution based on the inclusion of all members in decision making; and we can do it effectively, efficiently, and with the joy of shared meaning and purpose.

I have been teaching Dynamic Governance and Compassionate Communication since 2005 and have been organizing, educating and consulting for social justice my entire adult life. I am grateful that my work has been mission-driven. Over the years, I have increasingly focused on communication and organizational processes that support human connection as equals.

The organizations with which I have taught and trained include Movement for a New Society, the National Coalition Building Institute, DiversityWorks, Cambridge Youth Peace & Justice Corps, Lesley College Center for Peaceable Schools, Boston College Center for Social Justice, Spirit in Action, United for a Fair Economy

and Class Action.

I am currently affiliated with The Sociocracy Consulting Group

and New England NVC/Pioneer Valley NVC.

Specialties

governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution; exploring class and classism; project management