Brandon WilliamsCraig

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Brandon WilliamsCraig, Ph.D. is co-founder and CEO of the Bay Area nonprofit Association Building Community, or ABC (, and Communications Director for Ragged Wing Ensemble & The Flight Deck in Oakland, CA. He has extensive experience with private and public educational institutions, works in corporate leadership positions, offers leadership and facilitation training, and has provided conflict management and community mediation services since 1998. His academic teaching and research focuses on the embodied psychology of belief and the narrative construction of culture.

Brandon Sensei is a 5th degree blackbelt in aikido and Founder/Chief Instructor of Free Aiki Dojo and Golden Bears Aikido at UC Berkeley. His students learn to Embody Nonviolence through somatic conflict resolution, a pairing of traditional aikido and professional theater techniques that results in practicing Conflict Done Well. This body-based facilitation method, called Martial Nonviolence, is the heart of the Peace Practices curriculum being offered by ABC and practiced by students from 4 to 84 years of age. Brandon resides in California with his wife and two children, and consults nationally and internationally.


Contact Information:

brandon at culturesmith dot com

Skype bdwilliamscraig (510) 962-3921 or use the toll free voicemail and fax provided by nonprofit partner Association Building Community (866) 236-0346

Please call to schedule face-to-face client/consultation times.


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You recognize and support the claims of Brandon Williamscraig Ph.D. upon his intellectual properties under the terms described here. While there are practices in the public domain involving the extension of principles associated with aikido into venues beyond physical training in "dojos" and other aikido training situations, it is the original and singular contribution of Dr. Williamscraig to 1) combine physical aikido movements and techniques with specific words and phrases; 2) to call this innovation "Aikido Two Point Oh" or "Aikido 2.0"; 3) control use of the unique methods and names he originates to circulate his methods, including "Martial Nonviolence", which uses Aikido 2.0 to develop the ability to perform, in the sense both of taking action and display for an audience, through improvisation skills, and become a skillful facilitator of teamwork and group decision-making; 3) apply this original method in curricular form under the unique title "Peace Practices", a curriculum, idea, and name which he may offer or license under terms he deems acceptable but is under no obligation to continue or extend beyond whatever is established by contract.

You understand that Brandon coined and reserves the right for everyone to share the term "Process Arts", which refers to the field of group process design and facilitation. When he teaches or facilitates, he often describe what happens using various names and phrases he originated. He owns the exclusive right to use following phrases, variations, and associated acronyms and URLs: Free Aiki and Free Aiki Dojo, People Green, Bluevolution (Bv), Associative Inquiry (AsIn) and Archetypal Resonance Imaging (ARI), Analogical System Knowledgebase (ASK), Associative Inclusion Dynamics (AID), Embody Nonviolence, Healing Friction, Martial Nonviolence (MNv), Culturesmith, Arts of Peace, Flexibility In Adversity Training (FIAT), and variations of: "Conflict Done Well", "peace is conflict done well", "doing conflict well", "Aiki anywhere",, and Also originated and reserved to the Commons are: culturopoiesis and culturopoesis, metashaman, and metashamanism, whereas he reserve the right to own the URLs that reflect these terms.


Peace practices, community building and conflict facilitation; mediation and negotiation; social profit organizing and administration, ensemble creation, and team building; spoken and media-based communications and performance; academic learning and administration; supervision and management.





It All Makes Sense - Trumpery Explained
We profoundly misunderstand what is happening at the White House. Politics previously referred to as presidential have now become entirely precedential. Before this administration, there ...
A Taste of Your Own Medicine The Problematic Nature of Revenge
A Taste of Your Own Medicine: A Reflection On The Problematic Nature of Revenge 107904 icon They deserve it. When someone hurts ...
Spring Forward
2017-03-08136349 icon This morning was cold (50 F), dark, and I felt irrationally vulnerable and unequal to my challenges. After teaching ...
I can not give you my full attention
2011-01-17 +image "I can not give you my full attention." It is somthing that has been taken from me in bits and ...
Why Aiki Peace Week?
Paul Hawken, according to Fortune “the original hippie entrepreneur," insists that the world is in the midst of the “largest social movement ...
Photographer puts new spin?
  I caught a glance of the cover of the 2012 L.L. Bean Summer catalogue today, and marvelled. I've been working on ...
Brandon Williamscraig - Mama makes me (want to write)
2014-01-16 +image Mama Makes Me (want to write) whenever she causes some part of me to jump off the page (in the form ...


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Professional Materials
Please have a look at the information below and contact me with any questions. I am most accustomed to providing strategic consulting, leadership ...
BW Press

Brandon WilliamsCraig in the news:

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The body knows that at this speed but for a frame of steel the universal asphalt would grind and burn the flesh ...
Project Management Consulting
I help people complete their work. Graduate and post-graduate work, in particular dissertations, are a specialty, but I also help with coordinating related projects of ...


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+Project(s) Organizing
Associative Inquiry
3782 icon "Getting a sense of culture"(sm) ...a group orientation and learning process created by Brandon WilliamsCraig that is ...
Free Aiki Dojo
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Please come to the next class at Free Aiki Dojo!

Freedom Requires Practice

  Ready to ...
Golden Bears Aikido at UC Berkeley
28700 icon   Golden Bears Aikido Club is a student organization at UC Berkeley co-created by students with the facilitation and ...
Healing Friction
4266 icon "Peace is conflict done well."®   Healing Friction is a method of accessing conflict directly through the body (physical/psyche, ...
Martial Nonviolence
4267 icon   Please call Brandon Williamscraig at (510) 962-3921 and leave a message. He'll get right back to you!   ...
Process Arts
4273 icon Group process as an art.   "Process Arts" refers to the field which includes all disciplines which study, design, ...
The Myth of Peace
4265 icon My dissertation for a doctorate in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate ...
Guardians of Peace
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Guardians of Peace

(GPx) YOU MATTER. Celebrate difference.     Do no harm.     Peace is conflict done well.   ...

+Core Projects
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Association Building Community

  Founded in 1999 and incorporated in 2001, ABC operates as a fiscal sponsor for community building


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