Miki KashtanIn the Spotlight: Miki Kashtan


Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). She is the author of Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives and The Little Book of Courageous Living. She is inspired by the role of visionary leadership in shaping a livable future, and works toward that vision by sharing the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, retreats, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart (separately from “Latest Posts” on this site, linked to below) and her articles have appeared in the New York Times (Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech), Tikkun magazine, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, Peace and Conflict, and elsewhere. Find a full list of her published books and articles here. She holds in-person workshops and retreats in the Bay Area and other US locations, and in various other countries (see her calendar). She offers teleseminars herself and through the NVC Academy. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Miki's upcoming videoconference program, Responding to the Call of Our Times: A Leadership Coaching Program, begins February 7th. Check it out!

Listen to Miki introduce Responding to the Call of Our Times in the video just below.

Becoming a Change Agent Everywhere You Go (Complete Course)

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Intermediate Skill Level  •  Audio  •  6 - 8 hours

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed – or locked into passivity? This course offers you a way out. Learn to change the way you perceive leadership, and you’ll help yourself respond more powerfully and proactively every day of your life – wherever you are – and whomever you’re with!

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Responding to the Call of Our Times

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I love the insights, resources, and inspiration I get from this course. It gives you a glimpse into the support Miki offers around deepening the practice of nonviolence in thought, word, and action.
—Lore Baur, NVCA Course Coordinator, CNVC Certified Trainer.

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Steps Towards Meaningful Action

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We're in difficult times - possibly at the brink of extinction. What can we do in response? Some nonlinear steps: A.) Notice what isn't working; B.) Mourn so that we can move "towards" from an expanded space inside; C.) Analyze to bring a fuller understanding of what's happening and what's needed; D.) Reframe our inner and outer narratives; E.) Discern what we can contribute; F.) Care; and G.) Bring in support for more resilience and creativity.
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Taking 100% Responsibility for Every Relationship (Complete Course)

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Taking 100% Responsibility offers a powerful antidote to the all-too-common dynamic of blaming that leaves you in the victim position and unable to have the relationship you want. Miki invites you to assume a stance of leadership while holding full care for both parties’ needs. No longer will you need to wait for the other person to change, nor will you need to give up your needs to reach harmony.

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Starting the Future Today

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We can dream and wait for the day to do things differently, or we can continually take steps towards the future of our dreams as though it were here now. The future will not be significantly different from the present if we all act as if change is not possible or only possible after it's already happened. Instead, we can immediately consider everything we do as the possible seed of change beyond our wildest dreams and vision.
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Feedback without Criticism (Complete Course)

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This 5-session telecourse recording is designed to support you in learning what makes giving and receiving feedback challenging and how you can turn these experiences into opportunities for learning, connection, and effective functioning.

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Interdependence in Action: How to Change Agreements with Care

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The awareness and practice of interdependence is integral to holding an NVC consciousness. Practicing interdependence also means bringing in a quality of care in the moments we want to change agreements with others. This article talks about where our various choices, in regards to changing agreements, fits into different levels of engaging our interdependence.
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Naturalizing NVC Language Series: Accepting What Is

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CNVC Certified Trainer Miki Kashtan explains how naturalizing NVC language involves self care and begins with accepting what is true in the moment.
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