In episode 52, Coffey talks with Dr. Robyn Short about the impact of respecting individuals’ dignity on organizational performance.

They discuss how conflict in an organization can be fueled by the organizations’ structure; Frederick Laloux’ six organizational paradigms and their impacts on human dignity; how an organization’s respect for human dignity impacts employee engagement; whether organizations can really be run as democracies; how the workplace is one of the last places where people can build community; and the importance that leaders genuinely care about those who follow them.

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Robyn Short

Dr. Robyn Short

Dr. Robyn Short is an organization systems design consultant, peace-building trainer, and mediator with expertise in restorative practices and transformative mediation models. Dr. Short works with individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations in discovering the root causes of conflicts, so they may transform their relationships and create new and productive paths forward individually and as teams. She also works with community leaders and political and governmental leaders to develop initiatives for building sustainable peace in areas of historic conflict. In this capacity, she has been featured in news outlets internationally. In 2016, Dr. Short founded Peace & Conciliation Project, a 501(c)(3) organization designed to engage communities in antiracism work through actionable dialogue and constructive change.

Dr. Short is the author of four books and the founder and publisher of GoodMedia Press, an independent publishing house that’s mission is to promote peace and social justice.

Dr. Short is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in the Master of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution program, the Master of Leadership and Negotiation at Bay Path University, and the College of Innovation and Design at Texas A&M Commerce.

Dr. Short holds a Doctor of Liberal Studies degree with a focus in peace studies and systems design. Her dissertation work explores the role of dignity in organizational systems design. She holds a Master of Art in Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University with a focus in 15th century European history. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Auburn University.


Dr. Robyn Short can be reached at


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