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Rita Marie Johnson

Title: Founder and CEO of Rasur Foundation International (RFI)


  • How Combining Empathy and Insight Works Wonders
  • Naming Needs Reduces Conflicts and Violence
  • What Is Heart-Brain Coherence and How Does It Make You Wiser
  • Social Emotional Learning for Harmonious Classrooms
  • Employee Engagement for Improved Results
  • Being Peaceful in Today’s World

Speaking History (abbreviated):

  • Rotary International “Peace Through Service” Conference
  • Executive Women’s Summit, Phoenix, AZ
  • Annual Department of Peace Conference, Washington D.C.
  • INCAE Business School (considered the Harvard of Latin America) for the Annual Reunion of Rectors and Deans of Latin America
  • Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), a think tank sponsored by the Aspen Institute

Past Interviews:

  • Passport to Peace, a documentary about Costa Rica’s national model of peace
  • Empathy Documentary Project
  • CCTV, Burlington, VT
  • Yes! Magazine


Educator, author, speaker, and award-winning innovator Rita Marie Johnson has been sharing her message and her method for social and emotional learning worldwide for over a decade. The “Connection Practice” she pioneered, now used by individuals, schools and businesses, brought her the 2005 Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award, chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries. Johnson has taught the Connection Practice Foundations Course at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, a graduate school for international leaders. CEO of Rasur Foundation International (RFI), Johnson is the author of Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results.

Rasur Foundation International (RFI)

Year Formed: 2009

Type of Organization: 501(c)3 nonprofit organization


  • Gilroy, California


The Connection Practice

What It Is:

The Connection Practice consists of three parts.

  1. Connection Practice: A method for learning how to unite empathy and insight by:
    • Naming your feelings and needs, which leads to self-empathy
    • Guessing the feelings and needs of others, which leads to empathy for them
    • Creating coherence between the heart and the brain, which increases access to insights
  2. Connection Path: Used for conflict resolution.
  3. Connection Mediation: Used to mediate conflicts between others.

For More Information:


  • Reduce stress.
  • Resolve conflicts.
  • Solve problems creatively.
  • Self-regulate emotions and behavior.
  • Prevent and resolve bullying and misconduct.
  • Communicate with empathy.
  • Create harmonious workplaces, schools and communities.

Target Audiences:

  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Spiritual communities
  • Service clubs and other associations
  • Individuals
Rita Marie giving keynote at Global Summit of Ministries and Departments for Peace

The Connection Practice envisions a world where generational pain is transformed into generational peace.

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