Meiji Stewart, Founder/Publisher
Meiji Stewart founded PuddleDancer Press in 1998 out of a desire to improve access to high-quality Nonviolent Communication (NVC) learning materials around the world. After attending an International Intensive Training (IIT) with Marshall Rosenberg, Meiji realized how a publishing company focused on NVC works could play a key role spreading NVC consciousness into mainstream culture.
Over the past 10 years, Meiji has participated in a 10-day IIT, several 1-2 day NVC workshops, and has helped organize Marshall’s visits to San Diego, CA. Prior to founding PuddleDancer Press, Meiji owned a gift book publishing company called Keep Coming Back. Meiji lives just outside of San Diego with his wife, Claudia, and their four dogs. He has a 15-year-old daughter, Malia, and a 16-year-old stepson, Tommy.
Neill Gibson, Director of Operations and Foreign Rights
Neill Gibson has been learning and practicing the consciousness of NVC, and has participated in over 1,000 hours of training, since 1993. In 1998 he helped transform Meiji's company, Keep Coming Back, into PuddleDancer Press. Since then he has served as a consultant directing business operations and foreign rights. From 1999 through 2005, he served as a volunteer area coordinator for San Diego NVC, helping plan and promote events and training opportunities in the San Diego, CA area. In 2003, he coauthored the NVC-based booklet, What's Making You Angry? Ten Steps to Transforming Anger So Everyone Wins.
From his desire to share the great value NVC brings to his life, he partnered with Beth Banning to create the personal growth and self-help website: www.FocusedAttention.com and www.NewAgeSelfHelp.com, which offers experiential seminars, eCourses, and consulting services that support developing the underlying consciousness of the NVC process, but complemented with a unique blend of additional insights, principles and practices. They invite you to sign up for their Free Weekly eMail Tips Series. He lives in the San Diego, CA area with Beth. He has three grown children of his own, and a stepson.