I am an anthropologist and conflict resolution consultant in Silicon Valley, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. I focus on the psychology, social dynamics, and peacebuilding methodologies of interpersonal and intergroup conflicts.
My Mission: Unity & Respect
Diversity can and should be cherished. Usually with the right mediator or team of neutral facilitators, conflicts can be constructive, diversity can be a source of strength, and relationships can be transformed. My aim is to help individuals and groups not only value and express their own unique truths, but also respect other parties' distinct qualities and identities. Through this respect comes greater communication, collaboration, and unification.
Unity and mutual respect.
That is my mission.
Specialization & Focus
As a conflict resolution consultant in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, I focus on core human needs, where many conflict specialists believe conflicts truly lie. I help individuals get clear on which needs they perceive as being threatened, how we might get those needs satisfied, and how to more effectively communicate with other parties involved in order to get everyone's needs met as sufficiently as possible.
As a scientist, I study how individuals and groups collectively fulfill core needs, and how other people's behaviors are perceived to threaten one's own needs, thus creating conflict. In the process of applied conflict management and peacebuilding, I aim to transform relationships by helping parties recognize that their core needs are actually not being threatened by the other parties' narratives. Once the perception of threat is mitigated, we aim to find common ground and ultimately a mutually beneficial cause for changing the relationship. I combine empirical and applied research by utilizing scientific and quantitative studies in the psychology of conflict in tandem with applied conflict resolution methodologies when devising peacebuilding efforts in the field.
Perceptions of threats are often mitigated and peacebuilding efforts initiated by:
- Creating a safe dialogue between the parties with the underlying philosophy that one another's narrative is not threatening the other's needs, but can rather provide common points at which to meet in peace and mutual benefit.
- During the dialogue, listening to the other party without interruption or defense. (The act of listening alone is often transformative in its ability to convey empathy and care.)
- Expressing one's own needs, concerns, and feelings without blaming, shaming, or threatening the other party.
- Directly addressing and transforming any language or behavior that intends to dehumanized or de-legitimize a person or group.
- Devising joint strategies and opportunities to work or participate together in common goals.
Anthropologist, Conflict Resolution Consultant, Mediator
Jeremy holds a Master's degree in Evolutionary Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton under anthropologist John Patton. His thesis research was in the evolution of religious cognition and intergroup conflict. Jeremy also holds a Masters degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Currently, he is earning his PhD in Psychology at Grand Canyon University, where he manages the Social Cognition & Behavior Research Lab. Jeremy was a research associate at the Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture at UCLA from 2011-2016, and has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles and written a number of research papers in the areas of conflict psychology, formidability assessment, intergroup conflict, religious cognition, and human cooperation. See Jeremy Pollack's research here.
Jeremy is also currently the Chair of the Media & Communications Committee at the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution. He has completed hundreds of hours of training in mediation, conflict management, and negotiation psychology and techniques. As a conflict resolution consultant, Jeremy has mediated conflicts between couples, co-executives, and organizations, aiming as often as possible to transform relationships and create Win-Win resolutions for all parties involved. He also works as a personal development coach, helping individuals discover internal conflicts impeding them from living happy, fulfilling lives. His intrapersonal coaching practice is held under the brand Inner Warrior Coaching.
Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Operations Manager
Unique from most academic professionals, Jeremy is also an accomplished entrepreneur and management professional. After several years working as a marketing executive, Jeremy opened a martial arts studio in 2008, growing it into one of the largest martial arts academies in Los Angeles with multiple locations, before selling the business in 2012. Jeremy then went on to found Compelling Content Solutions, a digital content creation agency, which currently employs more than a dozen content creators for marketing and ad agencies representing hundreds of clients, from small businesses to international brands. He is currently the CEO and founder of Opptimize, a platform that brings conflict resolution and problem-solving to companies.
Jeremy is an avid martial artist, holding a black belt in Hapkido as well as high-level belts and instructor certifications in a variety of other styles. He sings and plays guitar in a classic rock/blues band, loves to travel, and has recently taken up blacksmithing. He served as member of the armed forces from 2014-2016 in the Military Police unit of the California State Military Reserve, a component of the Army National Guard (CA). Family and friends are at the top of his priorities, as is his spiritual and psychological growth. He is constantly curious about the world, the mind, and the prospect of helping others achieve greater internal peace. Jeremy lives between Los Angeles, CA and Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA.
Get in Touch
I'm passionate about helping individuals and groups build more peace within themselves and with others. Please get in touch. I want to hear your story.