Harry Webne-Behrman lives in Ottawa, Ontario, after moving there from Madison, Wis., in 2017. Harry has served as a facilitator, consultant, educator and mediator for more than 40 years. Along with his partner, Lisa Webne-Behrman, he served as senior partner of Collaborative Initiative, Inc., a private consulting and mediation firm based in Madison, where he worked with hundreds of businesses, educational institutions, community groups and public agencies, helping to address entrenched organizational and social issues. Through his extensive work, Harry has earned a reputation as a valued resource and guide. In 2006, he received the Wisconsin Association of Mediators Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field.
He maintains tremendous enthusiasm about the importance of learning to work collaboratively to build positive work and community environments. His recently published book, What Matters at Work (2020), is offered in that spirit. In addition, Harry is the author of The Practice of Facilitation (1998) and Guardian of the Process (1994), and co-author of the Working It Out Series (1991-96) in peer mediation and conflict-resolution education in schools, and has authored numerous articles on mediation, and conflict resolution and facilitation.
While in Madison, Harry was an active member of Congregation Sh’aarei Sh’mayim and sang with the Madison Yiddish Choir. He and Lisa are currently members of Congregation Or Haneshamah in Ottawa.