Unpacking OFNR - Requests

Article •  Read time: 5 - 8 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
Read time: 5 - 8 minutes
Many believe it's only a true NVC request when we can ask for what we need without urgency or insistence. But what if we're the target of oppression and hate in a world with systemic inequality? Is it still nonviolence to abdicate power by allowing the person enacting harm to be the one to decide whether harm continues? The intensity of the need, degree of harm, and how chronically unmet the need is, are factors to guide us for when to apply force and demand within NVC. We can be attached to outcome, without being attached to strategy.

Awareness to Action: Creating Bridges Across Differences (Complete Course)

Audio •  10 -12 hours
Intermediate Skill Level
Audio
10 -12 hours

For many people, attempting to connect with others across differences can feel akin to walking through a minefield. With humility, tenderness, and courage, Roxy challenges your perspectives and encourages you to open your heart and mind. Roxy uses concrete examples and visual tools to illustrate complex concepts.

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


Lonely Together

Article •  Read time: 5 - 7 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Article
Read time: 5 - 7 minutes
When conflict or criticism occurs, we can notice two layers of meaning to create connection: the content and the needs the speaker is holding. When we are able to recognize this --and ideally engage open-heartedly, with curiosity, make clear requests, imagining what they want, no matter how their expression was framed -- we have more opportunity to support the longevity of our relationships, and to decrease our loneliness when together.

Empathic, Powerful Responses To COVID-19 Inequities

Article •  Read time: 15 - 23 minutes
Advanced Skill Level
Article
Read time: 15 - 23 minutes
The existing unequal risks and impacts people of certain race, class and identities face in society is magnified in these strenuous times -- especially with things such as illness, financial well being, discrimination, attacks, and death. As responsive NVC practitioners we can stand in solidarity with those who are differentially impacted. Read on for this, and additional ways to spot common pitfalls of doing so.

How can Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Be Helpful in These Transformative Times?

Article •  Read time: 23 - 34 minutes
All Skill Levels
Article
Read time: 23 - 34 minutes
Amidst racial violence, there are things that NVC can offer. And there are places where NVC culture needs to be more vigilant. Here are examples of where, amidst incredible loss and pain, "allies" and communities commonly (and often unknowingly) create false equivalences, minimization and re-injure those who've been historically marginalized -- even when they offer empathy, or aim to stay "safe". Read on to cultivate greater understanding and ways to respond differently.

Viewing Needs Through an Equity Lens

Article •  Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
"All humans share the same needs" -- tragically, this idea can hide the reality that some people with less power in society have needs that go unmet to a greater extent, much longer, and with more dire consequences. Often, when the marginalized bring up experiences related to their membership in a certain group, their pain isn't acknowledged, and focus shifts to the listener's discomfort. The concept of universal human needs can be used to silence and minimize their pain. Read on for how to proceed.

NVC for Social Change: Navigating Systemic Issues with Compassion (2020)

Video Conference •  16 hours (2 hours per session)

Video Conference
16 hours (2 hours per session)
  • Explore the relationship between personal healing and social change
  • Gain a fuller understanding of power and privilege
  • Clarify the difference between equity and equality
  • Learn how to navigate social issues with deeper love and compassion
  • Create effective, equitable processes in your community

Authentic Dialogues Across Race & Ethnicity

Video Conference •  14 hours (2 hours per session)

Video Conference
14 hours (2 hours per session)
  • Speak honestly and authentically
  • Share your experiences and really be heard
  • Effectively manage self-doubt and overwhelm to stay present
  • Start creating a more equitable world

A More Expansive Understanding of Observations

Video (Public) •  00:11 hours:minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Video (Public)
00:11 hours:minutes
Listen to Roxy expand our notion of making observations.

Social Change

Video (Public) •  13 minutes
All Skill Levels
Video (Public)
13 minutes

Listen in as Roxy explains how NVC approaches systemic change: through the protective use of force, the ability to self connect and connect to others, requests vs. demands, and understanding needs that are motivating behaviors. 


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