The mission of Planning Change is to positively impact humanity by educating and empowering people to react thoughtfully and purposefully to the conflicts around them. From small brief disagreements to larger systemic disputes, we are all touched by conflict. However, our reaction to conflict - whether we're individuals or organizations - is largely unconscious and often results in avoidant tactics or adversarial maneuvers, or both. There is another way. We can learn to respond to conflict with mindfulness and creativity. What changes when we shift from the old ways of engaging with conflict to this kind of approach? Nothing less than everything.


Slate Magazine

Slate magazine's "Working" series features Elizabeth as a Mediator and using empathy in problem solving in “How Does a Mediator Work?

Chief Executive

Find out Elizabeth's "6 Tips for Upping Your Conflict Resolution Skills".

Channel 11

Watch this video on How to be a better negotiator at work - and at home with Elizabeth Clemants and our trainee Cecilia Arana. 

Inc. Magazine

Elizabeth Clemants lets us in on the "5 Smart Ways to Resolve Business Conflict" in her guest contribution at Inc. Magazine.


Crain's New York

Negotiate your rent! Elizabeth Clemants gives small businesses tips on how to negotiate their leases in her guest contribution with Crain's Magazine.



See Planning Change's press release on Newswire! 


Female Entrepreneurs Institute

Find out the "6 Smart Ways Female Founders Resolve Conflicts" in Elizabeth Clemants' recent guest contribution with FEI.  You can also see it on our blog!


New York Women's Foundation Breakfast

Planning Change attended the New York Women's Foundation Breakfast benefit on Thursday, May 14.  The New York Women's Foundation supports businesses and non-profits that push for Women's empowerment and growth in New York City and we love that!


ACR-GNY Conference

Elizabeth Clemants will be speaking at the 14th Annual ACR-GNY Conference.  Ken Andrichik, Jill Gross, Giulio Zanolla, and Elizabeth Clemants will be presenting a panel on: Small Businesses and Small Investors: Arbitration Considerations.  You can find out more about the conference and register here.


Advanced Mediation Training:

December 12 & 13, 2015

Advanced Mediation Training Apprenticeship:  

 December 16, January 6, 13, 20, February 3 and 10

Negotiating Within a Challenging Reality

January 8 & 9 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Common Ground Dispute Resolution CDRC Mini Training

January 9 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Beginning January 12

Mastery Mediation Training:   

February 20 & 21, 2016

Mastery Mediation Training Apprenticeship:  

February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13, & 20

Foundational Peacemaking Circles Training

March 4 - 6, 2016

Build Your ADR Practice

May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16

Mastery of Peacemaking Circles Training

May 20 - 22, 2016

Basic Mediation Training 

September 17 & 18, 2016

Basic Mediation Apprenticeship:

September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, & 26