About Ground Experience

Welcome to the website, Ground Experience.

Allow me to introduce myself.  My full name is Steven James Lawrence.  I was born in Portland, Maine and have lived in Massachusetts since 1982.

Through the years, I have worked in a variety of settings in urban and higher education and have pursued projects and learning opportunities in the areas of language and dialogue, peace-making and conflict resolution, the study and practice of community development, and the  design of  healthy workplaces. My formal training includes a Bachelor Arts in Theatre from Salem State University and a Masters Degree in Learning, Teaching and Educational Transformation (LTET) at the University of Massachusetts of Boston. This degree program offered a rigorous training in education methods and pedagogical theory as well as training in dialogue, critical thinking and organizational change.

Since the 1990s, I have had the fortune of combining all my interests and bringing them into the classroom, where community-building, communication norms, and personal development form the foundation of the work.

Currently, I teach Professional Communications, Critical Thinking Seminars and Reading and Writing for Academic Success at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. To date, teaching at BFIT has been the most rewarding work of my teaching life.

Alongside my career as an educator and writing projects on community development, conflict resolution, peacemaking and “positive politics”, I have enjoyed a side-life as a multimedia artist, having collaborated with many terrific people on a number of creative projects in various forms of media, including music, theatre and film. I am happy to share some of these projects on this site.

To learn more about these projects and some of my thoughts on education, philosophy, life, healthy workplaces, peacemaking and conflict resolution, please visit the Ground Experience blog, which can be found HERE.

Thanks for visiting.

Steven