Sarri Bater – Founder, Transforming Inclusion Lead
Sarri's practice goes beyond political and technical engagement with conflict, to include the neuroscience of violence, power and oppression, and deeper spiritual and philosophical resources for moving from paradigms of violence to paradigms of peace. Sarri has a passion for the relationship between personal transformation and transforming systemic and structural violence, and supports organisations and communities in non-violent leadership, alternative systems building, and non-hierarchical organising and ways of distributing power. Sarri specialises in ‘identity and difference’ conflict and is increasingly in demand to lead work on Systemic Racism, Diversity and Inclusion in institutions, organisations and communities, including local government bodies, philanthropists and donor communities, and change leaders.
Sarri is committed to learning, embodying and developing re-humanising cultures, practices and systems. For 25 years she has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Europe, the UK and Northern Ireland, with diverse engagement in the field (including restorative dialogue projects; Mediation and negotiation; election monitoring; University lecturing; supporting refugee charities; Truth and Reconciliation projects; detached youth work; in Maximum Security Prison; Gender and Sexual Rights education; Racial Equality Council officer on Hate Crimes; participating in UN Human Rights Council Sessions; running local learning and practice groups; independent advisor to police and Home Office on ‘community race relations’; school and community mediation projects; European Forum for Restorative Justice; ...and more...). Sarri holds a First Class Honours Degree in Peace Studies, an MSc with distinction in Transitional Justice, and an LLM in Human Rights, and training in many processes and practices.
"I have a powerful urge to communicate, ....but I find the distance between us insurmountable."
Pastor Paul in Lukas Hnaths play 'The Christians'.
"When the distance between us seems insurmountable, I feel a powerful urge to communicate."