Current Level: Elder Program
Country Of Residence: Canada
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Accredited: Levels 1, 2 & 3 and CoResolve Instructor
Aftab Erfan, PhD
Educated as an urban planner (MUP, PhD), environmental scientist (BSc) and visual artist, Aftab is interested in supporting systemic, organizational and individual transformations in the direction of sustainability and peace. She works primarily as a process artist and facilitator, supporting strategic planning, conflict resolution, intercultural communication, innovation and leadership development processes. Aftab's work is based in various methodologies including Deep Democracy, the Art of Hosting and Harvesting, Theory U, Action Inquiry and the Expressive Arts field. She draws heavily on her visual and verbal communication skills to make new possibilities visible to individuals, communities and organizations.
As well, Aftab is an adjunct professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia and among the first three North Americans to qualify at a Deep Democracy Instructor. She has recently served on the governing council of the ALiA (Authentic Leadership in Action) Institute and the Mayor of Vancouver's Advisory Group on the Greenest City Action Plan. She previously worked in the municipal sector for the District of North Vancouver, and in the environment sector as a scientist with Jacques Whitford Inc. and as a volunteer for a number of NGOs. Her PhD dissertation and book-under-construction describes an action inquiry experiment with three generations of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation on Vancouver Island where she used and studied the techniques of Deep Democracy in detail. Her ongoing thinking and writing on these topics can be found on the Deep Democracy Blog on this site.