John Wesley Days, Jr is an educator, multi-media artist, facilitator, musician. His areas of expertise includes: group process facilitation, intercultural communication, global project management, and conflict mediation with a focus on creating conditions to uproot systemic causes of conflict over the long term.
From his work with the United Nations to his contributions in numerous global non-governmental organizations, Wesley generates opportunities to reveal the complexity of conflict and to help people more adeptly navigate an uncertain world. His work is motivated by the need for greater cultural understanding and cooperation in the world.
His most innovative work was the nine country exhibition, Destiny 2000, which modeled how artists could infuse cultural and artistic expression into dialogues of resistance against oppression, in order to create a confluence of energy. Wesley is also the Brazil Country Director of The Lion Shade Group.
Wesley is deeply inspired by the work of Rebecca Rice at the Living Stage theater in his hometown of Washington, DC, and the legacy of Brazilian theater director Augusto Boal, who created Theater of the Oppressed. He strives to integrate flexible and dynamic facilitation styles that help participants reconnect with their bodies, explore systems leadership, and move past outmoded or inflexible concepts of power and resistance.
As EmcArts’ Process Facilitator, John Wesley designs and delivers process frameworks, content and theory about adaptive change and innovation, and supports arts leaders, organizations and networks in embedding and operationalizing adaptive skills.