Narrative Praxis Group is committed to unlocking the potential of narratives to transform conflicts and promote innovative and sustainable solutions to complex problems.

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Narratives can lock individuals, organizations and societies in destructive patterns creating conflict, polarization, and stagnation. But narratives can also create pathways for transformation, alignment, and growth.

With doctorates in conflict resolution and communication, our team has worked as researchers and practitioners in conflict settings with individuals, organizations, and government stakeholders in North and South America, across Eastern Europe and Asia. We are steeped in the latest research on narrative change and use this knowledge for the design and development of strategies for narrative transformation.

NPG team members combine narrative and subject matter expertise in the following areas:

  • Dialogue, mediation, negotiation, facilitation, process design

  • Conflict transformation and peacebuilding approaches

  • International development

  • Communication

  • Education and curriculum development

  • Transitional justice, history, and memory

  • Collaborative processes and leadership training

Meet our team

Sara Cobb

Dr. Sara Cobb has a Ph.D. in Communication (UMASS Amherst) and is the Drucie French Cumbie Chair at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. She was also the Director of the Center for the Study of Narrative in Conflict Resolution from 2010 to 2019. In her current role as faculty, she teaches and conducts research on the relationship between narrative and conflict. Dr. Cobb has written extensively on narrative dynamics of conflict, providing the theoretical basis for a narrative lens on both conflict analysis and conflict intervention. Formerly Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, she has been a leader in the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution, bridging theory to practice and applying narrative frameworks for assessment and intervention in conflict contexts. Dr. Cobb is widely published. Her book, Speaking of Violence: The Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution offers a narrative perspective on both conflict analysis and conflict resolution.
Sara has expertise applying narrative frameworks for assessment and intervention on environmental conflicts, family business conflicts, organizational culture and change processes, strategic communication, organizational learning, as well as social conflicts in a variety of locations, including the US, Central and Latin America, Rwanda, the Middle East, and Saudi Arabia. Sara has designed training in narrative approaches to negotiation and conflict resolution for leaders.

Alison Castel

Dr. Alison Castel is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Regis college, where her research and teaching centers on critical approaches to conflict, narrative, and dialogue. She holds a Ph.D. from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School of Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University with a specialization in narrative and conflict.
Dr. Castel has over twenty years of experience in peace and conflict studies practice and pedagogy as principal faculty for the Peace and Conflict Studies program at University of Colorado- Boulder as well as leading field experiences, and designing and facilitating trainings for example, in Mexico, Israel/Palestine, Indonesia, Rwanda, Colombia, Northern Ireland, and Georgia with an emphasis on examining conflict dynamics and conflict transformation at the intersection of national and grassroots perspectives.

Jale Sultanli

Dr. Jale Sultanli is a conflict resolution researcher and practitioner, with a Ph.D. from Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School of Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (USA). For over 20 years she has designed, led and facilitated conflict resolution, mediation and development projects in conflict settings, in community as well as policy levels. She is an experienced facilitator-trainer and has led numerous workshops with various stakeholders for example in East Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Sultanli has founded and managed multiple conflict resolution and dialogue initiatives in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Dr. Sultanli is a Senior Advisor in CMI, Marti Ahtiisaari Peace Foundation’s Eurasia Programme providing methodological support on conflict resolution, dialogue, and mediation to projects in Moldova, Ukraine, and South Caucasus region. Previously, she spent 5 years managing CMI’s Moldova portfolio developing and running a dialogue process for Moldovan parliament on Gagauzia autonomy and supporting the Transnistrian Settlement Process.

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