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Choice: Finding Choice Within & Navigating A Polarized World
  • Explore perspectives that go beyond right and wrong
  • Learn how to see what is beneath the surface
  • Examine and reflect on the ways that you understand and act in the world
  • See the world from a perspective of interdependence and harmony

Mondays and Thursdays, January 10 - 20, 2022 (4 sessions)
3:00 - 5:00pm Pacific (California) Time

This course is offered in English with simultaneous interpretation to Japanese. Recordings will be available in both languages.

Registration fee: $213
NVC Library members: $171
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.

The live course is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.


In this complex and divisive world, how can we better exercise our ability to make conscious choices? How can we increase our ability to seek compassion in the midst of seemingly polarized perspectives?

Using their book Choice: A Field Guide For Navigating The Polarization Of Our World And Living Interdependently, CNVC Certified Trainers, Kathleen Macferran and Jared Finkelstein offer a new framework for wrestling with the polarizing issues of our time.

Authentic choice is a profoundly subjective and personal experience. Still, Kathleen and Jared believe that human problems and solutions — whether they be personal, interpersonal, or societal — all have their roots in the actions of individuals. All of these actions arise from one’s individual experience of choice. 

How do we learn to see what is invisible? To know what we don’t know? To be aware when we are not aware?

This interactive workshop will take you through a practice of personal reflection as we explore these important questions and help you get in touch with the essence of choice. 

You will be invited to learn how to:

  • Journey through your inner landscapes toward the choices you have in the outer world
  • Apply a consciousness that leads to self-responsibility, connection, and collaboration
  • Discern and make choices that enrich and sustain your organizational community
  • Identify the life-serving motivations within concepts that often appear as polar opposites

This course explores choices and philosophical perspectives that go beyond right and wrong and into the realm of interdependence. Not only will you gain internal tools to better navigate this complex and paradoxical world, you will also gain clarity into the way that you interact with yourself, others, and life itself.

  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
  • This course is offered in English with simultaneous interpretation to Japanese. Recordings will be available in both languages.
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.  

Kathleen Macferran & Jared Finkelstein

About Kathleen Macferran & Jared Finkelstein

Kathleen Macferran is a Certified Trainer and Assessor for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Owner Strength of Connection in Seattle, WA. MMus in Conducting, Western Washington University; BA, Whitworth University.

Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She is committed to co-creating a world where peace replaces violence, love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010 when she co-created a community-based path to certification.  Community system building and conflict transformation are passions...