Oren is the executive director of Commonweal, the program director of the Center for Creative Community at Commonweal, and the co-director of Healing Circles Global. He has been a senior program developer in the fields of education, youth development, and the arts for more than 30 years.
Oren joined Commonweal in 2013 as the chief strategies officer. He works closely with Commonweal President Michael Lerner, developing sustainability and organizational development strategies for future programming. Oren’s program work explores the intersection of dialogue, cognition, creativity, and community. Through work in different communities, he seeks to deepen our exploration of complex issues in our world—issues that Commonweal programs confront daily. Oren has helped to develop new programs at Commonweal including the Power of Hope summer camp for teenagers, the Fall Gathering, Taproot Gathering, and more.
Oren is an experienced youth development program developer and practitioner with a long history working with young people in the Bay Area. He was also a field researcher for the Community Network for Youth Development, studying the correlation between youth development organizational practices and youth development outcomes. In 2002, Oren developed a conference center for the California Endowment’s new center for health providers in downtown Los Angeles.
In 2003, Oren co-founded the MMG Foundation, dedicated to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in California public schools. In May 2006, he became executive director of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE), the national organization that implements VTS in the United States and abroad, reaching more than 100,000 students. In that role he directed the national team of VTS trainers in the development of elementary school program implementation and assessment tools. Slozberg is a senior trainer in VTS who has led more than 60 VTS trainings. In 2016 VTS merged into Commonweal to further expand its reach into new communities around the world.