Miki Kashtan

Miki Kashtan

CNVC Certified Trainer, author and co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and the North America NVC Leadership Program, from Oakland, California, USA

Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration. Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. She shares these tools through meeting facilitation, mediation, consulting, coaching, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015) explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society. She is also the author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives, and The Little Book of Courageous Living. Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in the New York Times ("Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech"), Tikkun, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, Peace and Conflict, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

“Miki, I really admire the way you are able to be so present in the moment and are able to respond so well to what you see and sense. Just watching you in action makes this course worthwhile to me." 
               —S.G., Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

”Miki's workshop was exceptional in giving an overview of the work, while calmly meeting the emotional challenges everyone brought to the table.”
              —Class participant

Website: BayNVC

Listen to Miki make an important distinction between giving feedback, which is grounded in a desire to contribute to another, and our own need to be heard.
Listen to Miki place NVC within the tradition of nonviolence and to support you in learning what it takes to integrate the commitment to nonviolence all the way into the deepest structures of your thoughts; to speak in ways that carry this commitment forward into all your relationships; and to apply this consciousness in all your actions, including your participation in the collective enterprise called social structures.
Listen to Miki place NVC within the tradition of nonviolence and to support you in learning what it takes to integrate the commitment to nonviolence all the way into the deepest structures of your thoughts; to speak in ways that carry this commitment forward into all your relationships; and to apply this consciousness in all your actions, including your participation in the collective enterprise called social structures.
Listen to Miki place NVC within the tradition of nonviolence and to support you in learning what it takes to integrate the commitment to nonviolence all the way into the deepest structures of your thoughts; to speak in ways that carry this commitment forward into all your relationships; and to apply this consciousness in all your actions, including your participation in the collective enterprise called social structures.
Listen to Miki place NVC within the tradition of nonviolence and to support you in learning what it takes to integrate the commitment to nonviolence all the way into the deepest structures of your thoughts; to speak in ways that carry this commitment forward into all your relationships; and to apply this consciousness in all your actions, including your participation in the collective enterprise called social structures.
How can I deal with someone who is constantly interrupting and derailing our process?
It seems to me that people see ideas which are different from theirs as threatening. Instead of listening, the group polarizes around the different ideas and a lot of judgments develop, conflicts develop and people feel hurt. Forward progress becomes a battle ground. How can I support more collaboration?
Listen to Miki talk about the value of participating in groups, recognizing our inherent nature to do so, how industrialization has hindered our skills and the value of participating in a time when it's most needed.
How can we express ourselves in a way that supports a natural flow of connection while maintaining a focus on NVC consciousness? This handout from CNVC Certified Trainer, Miki Kashtan, offers seven options that support NVC enthusiasts in evolving from classical to colloquial NVC language.
If you dread holiday gatherings because of family tensions, you can find ways to excavate through piles of hardened judgments and hopelessness, build on your inner strength, and engage with family conflicts with open-hearted curiosity, greater presence, and connecting with what really matters to everyone.
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