Privilege and Needs - Part 1

Intermediate Skill Level •  Article •  Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
There's the real need. And then there's the privilege that’s offered as a substitute for it. Privilege substitutes support the existing structure of society. It can look to us as if giving up the privilege would amount to giving up everything -- if we don't believe the real needs can even be experienced. If we connected directly to the needs, we could become subversive, agents of change.

Nonviolence in the Face of Hatred

Intermediate Skill Level •  Article •  Read time: 14 - 21 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
Read time: 14 - 21 minutes
When Anita's sister reveals that the Ku Klux Klan broke into her home and dragged her out into a field towards a burning cross, Anita's commitment to nonviolence is challenged. Here, Miki highlights practices and lessons from her story of inner struggle -- including an insight about how, even in extreme polarization, our freedom and healing is wrapped up in others' freedom and healing.

Attending to Inner Conflict

Intermediate Skill Level •  Article •  Read time: 13 - 19 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
Read time: 13 - 19 minutes
When we have an inner conflict, how can we bring ourselves closer where we want to be? Miki explains about how we can deepen our self understanding in a way that can transform our own reactivity, urges, and false either/or views -- so that we can bring in more presence, choice, and options.

Life, Interdependence, and the Pursuit of Meeting Needs

Intermediate Skill Level •  Article •  Read time: 9 - 13 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
Read time: 9 - 13 minutes
The more we can support an interdependent flow of resources and energy in society and the economy, the greater we can increase both natural abundance and the chances of averting extinction. Accumulation is a strategy born of mistrust. It’s an attempt to control the flow of life to guarantee that we will have enough for the future. Accumulation and exchange has blocked this interdependent flow. We can transform this blockage by uncoupling giving from receiving, and shedding excess as much as we can, so that energy and resources can travel further to those in need.

Can We Un-Skew Resource Distribution?

Advanced Skill Level •  Article •  Read time: 14 - 21 minutes
Advanced Skill Level
Article
Read time: 14 - 21 minutes
In learning how to re-invent the economic system so that it distributes resources in a way that includes as many people's needs as possible, we would need to be in a process of mutual influence with one another. However, addressing resource distribution can be complex when people in different social locations have 1.)a different sense of what's considered "enough" 2.) different capacities to find creative strategies that work within the given limitations, and 3.)different levels of self-doubt, shame and capacity to put their concerns and needs on the table. Can we collectively create conditions that support people to stretch productively so that included in the outcome are the needs, perspectives, ideas, and concerns of people who are less powerful? What needs to be in place to support the way towards a better future?

All in: Committing to a Life of Nonviolence (Complete Course)

Intermediate Skill Level •  Audio •  6 - 8 hours
Intermediate Skill Level
Audio
6 - 8 hours

How can we live life fully connected to the core values of nonviolence, no matter the circumstances, internal or external? Join Miki Kashtan as she shares the 17 core commitments that have served as a compass for herself and hundreds of others around the world as well.

The first session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy.


Interdependence in Action: How to Change Agreements with Care

Intermediate Skill Level •  Article •  Read time: 13 - 19 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
Read time: 13 - 19 minutes
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.

Responding to the Call of Our Times

Intermediate Skill Level •  Video •  00:48 hours:minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Video
00:48 hours:minutes

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.


Dialogue with Extended Family

Intermediate Skill Level •  Audio •  01:14 hours:minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Audio
01:14 hours:minutes
Many families are far more complex and varied than they used to be. In this recording, Miki works with participants, focusing on specific challenges they’re facing with family members. Listen In.

Naturalizing NVC Language Series: Holding the Group's Needs

Intermediate Skill Level •  Video •  00:02 hours:minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Video
00:02 hours:minutes
CNVC Certified Trainer Miki Kashtan shares a tip on holding a group's needs while empathizing with a single person in the group.

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