Jared Seide is the Executive Director of Center for Council. He has designed, piloted and coordinated council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups, non-profits, faith-based organizations, social services, law enforcement agencies and more. Several of these programs include the “Co-Mentoring Project,” for emancipated foster youth, the “Organizational Wellness Project,” for community-based organizations, “Peace Officer Wellness, Empathy and Resilience” – or POWER – Training for police officers, and the “Council for Insight, Compassion & Resilience” which is active in twenty-nine prisons throughout California, and many more.

He is the author of Where Compassion Begins: Foundational Practices to Enhance Mindfulness, Attention and Listening from the Heart and the editor of Leaving Prison Behind: A Council Before I Go, an illustrated novella created from the words and stories of system-impacted individuals, and those who support them.

We were so happy to host Jared Seide in his decades long work of bringing Council to communities across the world!


If you’re interested in experiencing council for yourself, find out more and sign up for an online Social Connection Council (c4c.link/scc) with Jared hosting.

Both of Jared’s books are available to order on Amazon, though Center for Council encourages folks to visit their website, where a modest donation gives one the option to choose either Where Compassion Begins or Leaving Prison Begins: A Council Before I Go, or both, as a gift for supporting the org’s work.

A Great Wagon, by Rumi, which has inspired Center for Council’s work, particularly the new Beyond Us & Them initiative:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.