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John Kinyon is co-founder, along with Ike Lasater, of Mediate Your Life, a training company that helps people build better lives by changing how they respond to conflict. In 1998 John began studying and working closely with NVC founder Marshall Rosenberg, eventually becoming an NVC leader in his own right. He co-founded the Bay Area's NVC organization and has been a trainer for the International Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2000.
Over the years, John has mediated conflicts in a wide variety of contexts, including business, personal, family, community, business, and legal. He has worked with numerous small and family businesses and with families who are in conflict over inheritance issues. He has performed community and workplace mediations, including one for the entire graduate faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles. John has also worked with individuals and groups in need of conflict coaching and communication training support.
John's background is in psychology. After earning a BA from the University of San Francisco, where he studied psychology and philosophy, he went on to earn a degree in clinical psychology from Penn State University. During his five years of doctoral training, he worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups and as a research assistant at the Penn State Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute. After graduate school, John helped launch and develop a small commercial business before embracing full-time communication and conflict resolution work.
John lives with his wife and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area.