Nonviolent Communication Basics

All Skill Levels •  Article •  Read Time: 4 - 6 minutes
All Skill Levels
Read Time: 4 - 6 minutes
Here are some very basic forms and distinctions of NVC. It covers the 4 D's, OFNR, some NVC distinctions, tips, quotes from Marshall Rosenberg, and "feelings and needs" lists, and more. As with any art, these rudiments necessarily must be learned, practiced, understood, embodied and then let go of so as not to become rote and block creativity.

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Introductory Skill Level •  Trainer Tip •  Read time: 1-2 minutes
Introductory Skill Level
Trainer Tip
Read time: 1-2 minutes
Trainer tip: NVC focuses on shared human values and needs, and encourages the use of language that increases good will -- plus avoidance of language that contributes to resentment or lowered self-esteem. It emphasizes taking personal responsibility for choices and improving the quality of relationships as a primary goal. For today, focus on making observations without moralistic judgment in at least two of your interactions.

Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? - Part 2

All Skill Levels •  Article •  Read time: 18 - 27 minutes
All Skill Levels
Read time: 18 - 27 minutes
We can't alone (nor with lone communities) transform the hidden structures of violence and domination. Dialogue alone isn't disruptive enough. We can easily be in dialogue with Trump supporters while the planet burns up, millions are still hungry, and we go extinct. NVC seriously risks reinforcing vast inequities and abuses if we're not radically engaging systemic constraints, and impacts of our choices that go beyond our immediate circle. Read on for ways to leverage NVC practices to expand true social change.

NVC Conversations About Privilege and Power-Over

All Skill Levels •  Article •  Read time: 9 - 14 minutes
All Skill Levels
Read time: 9 - 14 minutes

Some people in the NVC community consider the words "privilege" and "power" triggering and/or evaluative. From this perspective, how can the concepts of "privilege" and "power" be considered part of the NVC teaching?  This writing piece examines the power and privilege debate.  It also discusses what the author sees as Marshall Rosenberg and Gandhi's stance on the subject...

Marshall Rosenberg's Vision of Social Change

All Skill Levels •  Article •  Read time: 12 - 18 minutes
All Skill Levels
Read time: 12 - 18 minutes

What could be, more often than not, overlooked when we think about or represent NVC or Marshall Rosenberg's work?  This article busts some commonly held ideas and approaches to NVC.  It challenges us to widen the lens of what it really means to be "life-serving", or speaking and hearing the "language of life".  And it also speaks to how thinking can deepen feeling and relatedness...

Talkin' Sink or Shrink Blues

Introductory Skill Level •  Audio •  00:02 hours/minutes
Introductory Skill Level
00:02 hours/minutes
Listen to this original song from Nonviolent Communication's founder, Marshall Rosenberg.

NVC Role Playing

Introductory Skill Level •  Video •  00:28 hours/minutes
Introductory Skill Level
00:28 hours/minutes
Watch this vintage video from 1993, as Dr. Rosenberg works with two participants to heal interpersonal relationship issues.

Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg

Introductory Skill Level •  Video •  00:11 hours/minutes
Introductory Skill Level
00:11 hours/minutes
This brief introductory film clip of Dr. Rosenberg is an excerpt from a much larger documentary film project  called "Beyond Belief," focused on finding human-to-human, heart-to-heart common ground beyond the realm of fixed beliefs.

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