Michael Fryer has been working in the field of conflict transformation and peacebuilding since 1996. The simplest way to describe his work is that he tries to create a space in which ideas can be shared, taught and explored. Encouraging cultures in which all voices are heard and all gifts are brought into the open is at the heart of everything.
He has an MA in Conflict Resolution from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford and directed their conflict resolution training work between 2002 and 2006.
He’s been lucky to have worked with thousands of people from all over the world and of all ages. These have ranged from lecturing on BA and MA courses, anger management work with young offenders, conflict resolution workshops in Sri Lanka, through to disaster management courses with the military, police and government agencies in Ghana. Michael has delivered workshops with OSCE missions in Georgia and Bosnia-Hercegovina and is proud of the work he has done supporting peacework in his hometown of Bradford. He has a great deal of experience designing and delivering training workshops and researching innovative and creative practice in the peacebuilding field.
He regularly lectures on the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
For the past few years he was been focusing on role of the arts and creativity in bringing about social change. Much of this work, through The SongStream Project which he co-founded, has explored the ways music can be used as the vehicle through which important social issues can be explored.
He is currently living in San Diego, California.
Michael loves working with wood, plays the tin whistle and was delighted to play on a track on The Lovebirds' album 'Nutsy Pants'. He has exhibited his art on a number of occasions.