Greg Barker

Manager, Facilitation Programs (New York)

Greg began working with Seeds of Peace in December 2014 as the Syracuse Seeds of Peace Consultant for InterFaith Works of Central New York (IFW).

Over the next two years, he helped the Syracuse Seeds to increase both the scope and depth of their community. In doing so, he also grew his position to be a Dialogue Coordinator for IFW, which gave him the opportunity to work with other IFW programs like high school and middle school exchanges that focused on race. During this time, Greg worked with Seeds from the United States as a dialogue facilitator at the Seeds of Peace Camp.

In 2016 Greg co-wrote a new curriculum for the first geographically integrated dialogue groups for campers from Syracuse, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Over the course of these two years, Greg racked up several hundred hours of dialogue facilitation experience.

In 2017 Greg transitioned to the New York office, working on various contracts for Seeds of Peace. During this time Greg wrote a new dialogue facilitation manual for Seeds of Peace, hired and trained all of the US facilitators for Camp, ran facilitation trainings for Seeds in New York City, Los Angeles, Maine, and Chicago, and began working on a new endeavor to offer consulting services to other organizations.

Greg joined the Seeds of Peace team full time in 2018 as the Manager of Facilitation Programs.

Outside of work Greg spends a lot of time reading, dancing, building community, imagining better futures, and thinking about how to build those futures now.

“Dialogue is, at its core, a utopic exercise. Central to dialogical work is the claim that we can actually create safer spaces, that we can actually create anti-oppressive spaces, that even given all of the huge systems of power and oppression that structure our lives we can start to live otherwise now. These are bold, radical claims. Yet, these are claims that are borne out routinely in dialogues. The transformative process of dialogue is multi-faceted. Really listening to other people changes us. Really being listened to changes us. Feeling these huge systems that weigh down on us lifted, even for a moment, even only partially, is deeply transformative. Once a person has tasted what freedom might feel like, once they have felt in their body what it might feel like to be in a community that is beginning to exist outside of or in contradistinction to the systems that oppress us, there is no going back.”