Bio

Photo courtersy of Kirstoff Steinruck

Misha Glouberman is a facilitator and designer of highly participatory events, as well as a teacher of negotiation and communication skills.

His approach to conference design draws especially on Open Space Technology, and the UnConference approach, both methods of conference design meant to get people talking to each other and sharing ideas quickly and effectively, in a highly decentralized model. His working style combines analytic rigour (he worked for many years as a database designer, and has a degree in philosophy from Harvard College) with a creative people-centered approach (he has taught classes in improvised music and theater for many years). A recent article in One+, the magazine of Meeting Professionals International, described his work as "humanizing relationships—one event at a time."

His course "How to Talk to People About Things", a class in negotiation and conflict resolution, has taught hundreds of people how to be better at resolving differences and negotiating great outcomes, even in stressful situations.

In addition to teaching and facilitation, Misha also does keynote speeches. (For keynotes- Misha is represened exclusively by the Lavin Agency)

Misha’s interest in how people connect with each other also extends into work he does as a performer and artist. He hosts “The Trampoline Hall Lectures”, an interactive show popular with the arts and literary set in Toronto and New York, as well as “Terrible Noises for Beautiful People”, a series of participatory sound events for non-musicians, among other projects. His instructions, from Trampoline Hall, on how to ask good questions at public events were published in the New York Times Magazine.  He is the author, with Sheila Heti, of The Chairs Are Where the People Go, which the New Yorker described as "a triumph of what might be called conversational philosophy", as well as naming it one of the top nonfiction books of 2011.