Mrs. Jeyanthy Siva Director - Sandhi Institute
eGovernment: Challenged - Keynote Speech
Trust out of necessity? Adapting governance to fit the new world
eGovernment: Challenged - Panel Discussion
About Mrs. Jeyanthy Siva
Jeyanthy Siva is an international communication trainer, conflict mediator and team building facilitator. Her work is founded on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a powerful process for mediation & conflict resolution. Recognizing the practical and moral benefit of high trust in organizations and societies and the costly disadvantages (though often hidden) of low trust environments both in terms of monetary loss in revenue and wastage of time and energy, her work emphasizes the factors that create and build trust. Focus is on empowering people with the skills needed to repair break of trust and healing relationships as well as setting up infrastructure that supports individuals and groups to create and maintain high levels of trust and mutual accountability which allows cooperation and effectiveness.
In her native country of Sri Lanka, she has trained counselors, teachers, human rights officers, university students, lecturers, NGO workers, professionals (doctors/psychiatrists & academics) as well as people working in the corporate sector. In the post war context of her native country, Jeyanthy's vision is to contribute to healing, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence of all the different communities of Sri Lanka and by extension the world by sharing the skills for people to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence, to stay connected with each other even when there is a disagreement and to gain access to resources needed to sustain life powerfully and peacefully.
Outside of Sri Lanka, she has conducted workshops & presentations (including key note address') in California, New York, Singapore, India, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland. Her academic background is in South Asian Studies (MA program) at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) and Philosophy and Psychology (BA) at Rutgers University, NJ (USA).
She has given interviews on Sri Lanka television (on morning talk show called "Good Morning Sri Lanka") and is currently writing a weekly newspaper column on NVC for an English language newspaper (The Nation) in Sri Lanka. To view her TV interview, go to: http://www.sandhi.org/category/stories/sandhi-in-media. To read her newspaper columns go to: www.sandhisl.wordpress.com.