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Balancing Power: Addressing Issues of Rank and Power Without Blame through NVC Dialogue
  • Inspire trust and conscious collaboration
  • Explore the dynamics of behavior and impact
  • Assess others’ willingness to speak honestly
  • Come up with agreements that serve you both

Wednesdays, April 6 - April 27, 2022. (four sessions)
5:00 - 7:00pm Pacific (California) Time

Registration fee
Early Bird 20% discount - $171 until March 16 ($213 after)
NVC Library Members - $137 until March 16 ($171 after)
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.


Do you long to talk openly with others about the differences in power and rank between you? Are you looking for ways to safely speak about how this impacts the relationship?

Power dynamics may be inevitable in relationships both inside and outside of the office, but the real problems arise when trust is not part of the equation.

Many of us lack experience in communicating about our pain that arises from unconscious dynamics of power. It can be challenging to navigate the intentions behind our actions and the impact that others experience from our behaviors. 

The good news is it is possible to have frank and mutually respectful conversations about these delicate issues, and Mika Maniwa and Kanya Likanasudh are here to demonstrate how.

This course will explore:

  • Definitions of structural power and personal power
  • Different kinds of rank such as social, psychological, spiritual, contextual
  • Your expectations around power
  • Your capacity to process emotional relational dynamics

Over 4 power sessions, you will have the chance to practice:

  • Initiating conversations about power differences
  • Assessing people’s willingness to talk about the costs of those differences
  • Dealing with defensiveness, denial, or even reassurance that others view you as their equal no matter what rank you hold
  • Inviting others to acknowledge their feelings and needs that have not been met
  • Making time for your needs and inviting the focus back to you
  • Coming up with new agreements to serve everyone involved

If you are in a power-up position, you will practice how to talk openly about your structural power and transparently invite feedback and collaboration.

If you are in a power-down position, you will practice how to approach people with more structural power in your relationship to discuss dynamics of behavior and impact so that you can give feedback and input.  

Regardless of where you lie on the power spectrum, you will come away with essential tools for navigating this tricky terrain. 

  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
What Happens After I Register?

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access the videoconference. All registrants will receive access to all recordings. Recordings will display images of active speakers only.

Dates & Times

All times listed are Pacific (Calfornia) time.  

Mika Maniwa & Kanya Likanasudh

About Mika Maniwa & Kanya Likanasudh

Mika Maniwa is a certified trainer of Japanese descent based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been teaching NVC and leading practice groups for over 15 years. As a master of violent communication, she is constantly learning how to 'be NVC' without the jargon. She enjoys working with multicultural groups and is keenly interested in what is needed to build trust across power differences. She has been exploring what NVC can bring to issues of social location and racialized trauma to strengthen relationships within organizations.

Kanya was born in Thailand where she has been applying and teaching Nonviolent Communication for many years....