Wrestle the Bear is the latest endeavor of researcher, instructor, consultant, and writer, Bjørn Peterson. Through this blog, Bjørn will share his insights, reflections, opinions, and occasional rants in the spirit of his teaching and workshops. The hope is to encourage critical reflection and conversation on various issues and challenges to life together.
Currently, Bjørn is an instructor and researcher in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and Group Identity from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts degree in Transformational Leadership from Seattle University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Resources and Development from Arizona State University.
Bjørn is also Associate Director and Senior Research Associate for the Partnership for Community Development at ASU. He researches various forms of human and social development in the realms of social and environmental justice. His favorite fields to work in are political philosophy, pedagogy, cultural studies, sociology, history, critical ideology, and rhetorical analysis.
Bjørn has more than 15 years of experience working in Nonprofit, NGO, and University settings. His work has taken him to more than 40 states and 6 continents. In addition, Bjørn is a public speaker and provides consulting services through Amplify Strategic Consulting.
If you have questions or suggestions for topics you would like Bjørn to discuss or explain via Wrestle the Bear, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to consider the topic.
Bjørn is based in Phoenix, AZ in the US where he lives with his partner of 12 years, Elise Peterson. Elise is the owner of Swisstopher Robin – thoughtfully crafted paper goods. They have been married since 2004, have no kids, two dogs, and love to be outdoors. You will most often find them building something, hiking, playing music, or enjoying an adult beverage.
The Story Behind the Name
Wrestle the Bear comes from a few sources. First of all, Bjørn means bear in Norwegian, one of his places of ancestry. Secondly, the name refers to Bjørn’s desire to wrestle with complex issues and raise important questions. More can be understood by reading this post where he talks more directly about his relation to these issues and experiences. Finally, it is also in reference to a playful incident he had with his family and wife, Elise. It’s definitely one of those “you had to be there” moments, so forgive the vague explanation.