In episode 5, friends and co-professors Dr. Mark Jones and Carol Jakus explore the theme of Beloved Community as an action, practice and design. The political landscape (and the internet) wobbling beneath us couldn't stop us from having a great conversation!
The POTUS reminds us that each of our daily choices shapes the landscape of the country and invites us to reflect on how we can bring more dignity to ourselves and others, in each interaction. Mark and Carol share their perspectives as professors in the realms of the cognitive-behavioral sciences and organizational psychology. They share their insights on how our brains are reacting under stress and the importance of holding multiple perspectives.
This Week's Guests
Carol Jakus (she/her)
Carol A Jakus, MA, MSW, LICSW (she/her) established The Northwest Center for Mindful Living nearly 37 years ago, offering a variety of humanistic services to the greater Seattle area including: individual, couples and family therapy; supervision towards state clinical counseling licensure; consultation to individuals and organizations; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes and; community presentations on a variety of topics that focus on managing and healing systemic stress or trauma.
A meditation and yoga practitioner for over 30 years, Carol integrates a variety of contemplative, somatic and mind-body skills in the healing therapeutic process. She also was the former Fall Program Lead and Counseling Psychology Faculty at The LIOS Graduate School of Saybrook University for 19 years.
When not working, Carol can be found elbow deep in her garden or furiously stirring in the kitchen. She regularly meditates, works for equality & justice, reads before bed, sings in a community chorus and writes mediocre poetry. Her sweetie-partner Dave, is an excellent artist and musician. They live in their Ballard estate with 3 fur-babies; Henry & Squeaky, the lazy tabbies and Bessie the Best dog. The raccoons are just visiting. You can connect with Carol on Linkedin or via email.
Mark. R. Jones (he/him)
Mark has over 35 years in leadership and organizational development, performance optimization, and transformative experience; and over 45 years developing Beloved Community and real estate initiatives. He has a Ph.D. Organizational Systems, Saybrook University; and a M.S. Management, Antioch University–Seattle. Dr. Jones is a Founding Member of Association of Beloved Communities (ABC), and CEO of the Sunyata Group "Academy of Beloved Community Development" (ABCD).
Over 28 years of full-time professional experience, including 5 years full-time experience serving at a senior executive level in organizations with annual budgets of $100M or greater; and in non-profit, elected, or appointed positions.
Dr. Jones’ specialization is change management and business/community transformation. He is a Regional-level Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) examiner; senior member and past Chapter Vice-President of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); and American Society for Quality (ASQ) Seattle Geographical Community Chair of Member Networking, and a Vice Chair in the Human Development and Leadership division. Jones is a Consulting Faculty/Professor and mentor to doctoral and master’s students at various colleges. He has over 10 years international work experience and has written over 100 papers on organizational behavior, high-performance teaming, operational excellence and innovation.
Dr. Jones has achieved over a billion dollars in cost savings, cost avoidance, and/or revenue generation for clients-employers-sponsors such as: ALCOA, Boeing, DoC, DoD, DoE, DoL, NASA, Treasury Dept., Intel, Washington Health Foundation, Terra Foods Group, The COOP Residential and Food Cooperatives, ACM, ANSI, APEC, DAMA, DRMA, OMG, IEEE,ISO, PDES/STEP, and SME.
Recent projects include: 2018 University of Washington (UW) Campus Safety & Security (DIE & CQI); 2019 UW School of Medicine—UW Department of Bioethics & Humanities (DIE & CQI); 2019 Cocoon House Board of Trustees and Administrators (DIE); 2019 Treehouse Leadership Teams and an “All-Hands” meeting (DIE). 2018 Treehouse (DIE), 2017 Non-Profit Development Services Center (DIE), Recovery Café (2016-2017), City of Renton (2015), and Young Presidents Organization (2018). You can connect with Mark on Linkedin.