Original and continuous owner of the domain name confluenceconsultinginc.com
Confluence Consulting Inc. Elizabeth (Beth) P. Carlson, Owner
676 Sherwood Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55106 USA
My best work has been when the client sought me out because they knew I was the right person to help or to lead, and that they could trust me to sense and handle the complexities, sensitivities, and time frames involved. In my experience, people don’t only need to have their say – there also must be time and space for people to hear each other, reflect on it, and figure out what they are going to do with it. Sometimes relationships are transformed; other times they are opened up and nudged along just enough.
Designing spaces and processes for dialogue and deliberation in times and relationships of enduring conflict requires more than just a toolbox of techniques. It has much more to do with figuring out how to help people talk with each other in this time, this place, this situation, … so that they can move forward.
Elizabeth (Beth) Carlsonoffers independent consultation services in multi-party facilitation and designing participatory and collaborative processes. Impartiality and professionalism are hallmarks of her work with a variety of clients and participants in both private practice and employment.
Beth has over 25 years of experience working with groups, projects, and events that span varied interests and objectives, including state and federal government, university, and nonprofit sectors
See my article "Participatory Planning for Outcomes-Based Wetlands Restoration," invited for publication in the September 2009 issue of the Ecological Restoration journal.
Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Supreme Court ADR-Rule 114 Neutrals Roster
Master of Planning in Public Affairs A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies B.A. in Business Administration
Photo by Elizabeth P Carlson, Lake Bemidji Shoreline 1994