BE PART OF THE SOLUTION: BE THE BRIDGE
"The better you understand the complexities and imperfections within your own story, the more you begin to expect nuances and imperfections in others'" -Parfait Bassalé
WHAT WE DO
Helping individuals and organizations build relational bridges.
Through artful facilitation, interpersonal neuroscience, and powerful storytelling, Parfait demystifies empathy as a construct and helps audiences identify ways they can become active players in fostering belongingness. He has worked with thousands of youth, educators and professionals across the globe.
The key to belonging
To foster belonging, three conditions must be met. First, service providers within communities must be empathetic and supportive towards all community members. Second, community members with a lived history of traumatic marginalization must be aware of their own trauma and be on a path towards healing and resiliency. Third, the spaces where these parties interact must be intentionally designed for accessibility and safety for all.
Simply put, to achieve belongingness, empathy towards self and empathy towards others are a must.
Further unpacking of the way empathy works, indicates that "the better you understand the complexities and imperfections within your own story, the more you begin to expect nuances and imperfections in others'". Hence, the first step towards empathy, the cornerstone of belongingness starts with introspection.
"I have been the man standing at the door of spaces a good chunk of my life. I did not have words to describe it. Often, I was not invited or felt that I wasn't welcomed. At times, I chose not to enter. It took a bridge builder to notice me, invite me in and create space for me to jumpstart a process of healing.
The insight from this experience now fuels my passion to help people become bridge builders.”
WHAT WE OFFER
Parfait Bassalé is the consummate storyteller, educator and performer. With expertise and experience in interpersonal neurobiology and empathy his talks and workshops are engaging, informational and inspirational.
Parfait Bassalé provides professional speaking and coaching services for a variety of exceptional partners. Learn more about who Parfait has worked with below, and get in touch to book your own speaking or coaching engagement.
Washington State Board of Education
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference
2020 Washington State Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
US State Department: Young African Leaders Initiative
Thurston Regional Planning Council
Experience Olympia & Beyond
Portland State University
Seattle Children's Hospital
University of Oregon
Beaverton School District
Portland Public Schools
Edmonds Community College
Portland Community College
Multnomah County library
South Puget Sound Community College
Tumwater Fire Department
Association of International Schools in Africa
Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School
Bonneville Federal Power Plant
Parfait would love to collaborate with you - get in touch!
With a unique ability to connect with each and every audience, Parfait is an effective communicator and well-renowned speaker. Take a look below to see actual testimonials from previous audiences.