Nonviolent Communication

I respect and admire the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and The Center for Nonviolent Communication.  His books set out a framework for communication that is positive, and allows one to safely and constructively express emotions, and deal with conflict, to create healing in relationships.  The ideals of respect, kindness and openness, while still remaining true to oneself, are values that I admire.

“Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg was the founder and director of educational services for The Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Growing up in an inner–city Detroit neighborhood Dr. Marshall Rosenberg was confronted daily with various forms of violence. Wanting to explore the causes of violence and what could be done to reduce violence, he chose to study clinical psychology and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. In 1966 he was awarded diplomat status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology.

Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg’s quest to find a way of rapidly disseminating much needed peacemaking skills. The Center for Nonviolent Communication emerged out of work he was doing with civil rights activists in the early 1960’s. During this period he also mediated between rioting students and college administrators and worked to peacefully desegregate public schools in long-segregated regions.

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is a global nonprofit organization founded by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. We are dedicated to sharing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) around the world, and, to that end, we offer International Intensive Trainings and we certify individuals as trainers.

NVC is about connecting with ourselves and others from the heart. It’s about seeing the humanity in all of us. It’s about recognizing our commonalities and differences and finding ways to make life wonderful for all of us.

CNVC is a steward of the integrity of the NVC process and a nexus point of NVC-related information and resources, including training, conflict resolution, projects and organizational consulting services. CNVC’s mission is to contribute to more sustainable, compassionate, and “life-serving” human relations in the realms of personal change, interpersonal relationship and in social systems and structures, such as business/economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping. NVC work is being done in over 65 countries and growing, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world


Vision:

The Center for Nonviolent Communication pursues the vision of a world where

  • everyone values everyone’s basic human needs and lives from a consciousness that connects with the universal life energy and natural oneness of all life
  • every individual embraces self-compassion
  • people joyfully and compassionately contribute to each other and resolve conflicts peacefully
  • the systems and structures we create in economics, education, justice, healthcare, peace-keeping and other areas across our global interdependent community reflect that consciousness and evaluate their actions against their contribution to life and the human needs they ultimately serve.

The Center for Nonviolent Communication

Books on Nonviolent Communication

Getting Past The Pain Between Us

This booklet focuses on the tenets of Nonviolent Communication as they are applied to a variety of settings, including the classroom and the home, and explains how to resolve conflicts peacefully. It contains illustrative exercises, sample stories, and role-playing activities that offer the opportunity for self-evaluation, discovery, and application.

Learn skills for resolving conflicts, healing old wounds, and reconciling strained relationships. Reveal the healing power of listening and speaking from the heart. Because unmet needs lie at that root of all emotional pain, the skills imparted in this manual teach how to transform depression, shame, and conflict into empowering human connections, all while and developing satisfying relationships.

Ted Talks on Nonviolent Communication:

Nonviolent Communication and Self Awareness

Vulnerable Honesty

Nonviolent Communication: How To Get Your Point Across

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