Expressions of Appreciation to Marshall Rosenberg 

Read these wonderful expressions of appreciation as CNVC Certified Trainers share their experience of learning NVC with Marshall Rosenberg.


Kathleen Macferran

Dear Marshall,
There's a different quality in each breath I take since the NVC paradigm reframed my world. I wish I could find the words to describe it—something about more alive and awake, more fluid and full, certainly more grateful and connected to joy. Relief is part of it as well-- a life of greater freedom and authenticity. I'm still in awe at the life this has opened to me. Every day I'm touched by this global NVC community that is co-evolving this vision of yours for a world where the needs of all people are met. I'm inspired by the fierce beauty and passion that sustains this dream. I take this work into prisons, schools, medical facilities, domestic violence facilities, community organizations, churches, shelters, non-profit organizations, businesses... and can't believe I get to do this with my life. My intention is to do my part to take this to all parts of the world as you have done. Wishing I could sing you "Leader of the Band" one more time... especially the line, "the leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old, but his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul." Deep bows of gratitude to you and all those in your life who have made it possible for you to touch mine. I'm celebrating how your legacy lives on in the hearts of so many around the world. Sending you love and joy, Kathleen Macferran


Liv Larsson

Dear Marshall,
Your visit more than 15 years ago to the land of midnight sun - in the north of Sweden made such a change in my life. I have been able to forward the gift many times. At the moment I’m giving it handling the century long conflict between the natives of Scandinavia (the Same) and the forest companies. I’m so grateful to be a link in your work and gift. Remembering your warm hugs Liv


Catherine Cadden

Another amazing moment for me with Marshall was after my dear mentor Julie Greene died. I had the extreme fortune to work with Julie during her last BayNVC retreat before her passing. Many who were there might remember the energy of "why wait one more minute?", and her becoming very clear on her final requests of people. When I was hugging her goodbye, which we both knew would be for the last time, she said she had a couple requests for me. One of them was spoken to me this way, "Will you tell Marshall that I love him? You will see him before I do. I want you to deliver the message to him because I think you live from your heart. I think he still sometimes gets in his head too much so I want you tell him from your heart. You can tell him I said that, too." The next time I caught up with Marshall was at a BayNVC event in Oakland. I went to deliver the message. I caught Marshall before things began. The room was full of people busy chatting with one another. Marshall and someone had just finished speaking about something and I walked up to him and said, "I have a message for you from Julie Greene." Marshall turned, looked me in the eye, giving me his full attention. I shared Julie's message that way she had told it to me. He smiled with tears in his eyes giving his little chuckle and wag of the head. We hugged and someone came up to support him getting to the stage on time. One of the great teachings I have received from Marshall is one of the things I find awe inspiring about him - his ability to be fully present in the midst of chaos and turn towards what's most alive in the space. Thank you, Julie, for the honor to walk with you, learn from you, and deliver your message of love. Thank you, Marshall, for teaching me how to receive love.


Selene Aitken

I remember the time in 1996 when I heard Marshall say he believed everyone's needs could be met. Everyone on the planet! I was stunned. I believed him. I still do. That’s why NVC gives me hope.


Myra Walden

Dear Marshall,
What a joy to have a way to communicate with you and express my deep love and gratitude. Nonviolent Communication has taught me to do God's work on earth -- to aspire to embody and teach unconditional love for all. For a few years now, I have been facilitating weekly groups with Latina immigrants in relationships of violence. NVC is helping them reclaim safety, respect and dignity. I'm also working with mental health professionals in Chicagoland, teaching NVC as the foundation of their therapy work. I think of you all the time with warmth and caring. Eternally grateful, Myra


Kirsten Kristensen

Dear Marshall,
When I first met you in 1998 I was a shy and insecure person, finding it difficult to engage in open conversations. I could handle speaking with 1-2 other people at a time. Now, thanks to what I learned from, you I am giving NVC trainings with more than 100 people and beginning to feel comfortable with it. I feel so much gratitude for how my life has changed and become much more enjoyable and fun. I celebrate the more than 100 days I have spent with you, learning from you, sharing with you. You gave me the sentence: "Work for life, and life works for you." And this has added ease and trust in my times of transition. Thank you. With gratitude Kirsten - Denmark


Susanne Kraft

It was on an IIT in Orchidea Lodge. Marshall was teaching 4 two-hour lessons every day. During lunch break we had taken naps or a walk to recover. When coming back for the afternoon session, we found Marshall saying goodbye to a young man. The way the two of them looked at each other an tenderly hugged made us guess: might he be one of his sons? They looked so close and familiar with each other. After the young man left, we learned: this was an autistic young man from an institution nearby, which whom Marshall had met during his lunch break and whom he had seen for the first time. This left me deeply touched and I understood something about the power of empathy. Greetings from Susanne Kraft


Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD: Interviews

Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD (1934-2015)  founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) in the early 60s and taught NVC in the United States and 60+ countries around the world for more than four decades. His vision was to create a world where individuals, groups and organizations can collaborate peacefully to enable social change through compassionate, nonviolent communication. We're fortunate that some interviews have been recorded over the years and posted to YouTube for all of us to benefit from. We've assembled a playlist of YouTube videos featuring interviews with Dr. Rosenberg. Enjoy!

I would like us to create peace at three levels and have each of us to know how to do it. First, within ourselves. That is to know how we can be peaceful with ourselves when we're less than perfect, for example. How we can learn from our limitations without blaming and punishing our self. If we can't do that, I'm not too optimistic how we're going to relate peacefully out in the world. Second, between people. Nonviolent Communication training shows people how to create peace within themselves and at the same time how to create connections with other people that allows compassionate giving to take place naturally. And third, in our social systems. To look out at the structures that we've created, the governmental structures and other structures, and to look at whether they support peaceful connections between us and if not, to transform those structures.
—Marshall Rosenberg

Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD: NVC Workshop Videos

Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD (1934-2015) founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) in the early 60s and taught NVC in the United States and 60+ countries around the world for more than four decades. His vision was to create a world where individuals, groups and organizations can collaborate peacefully to enable social change through compassionate, nonviolent communication. We're fortunate that some training sessions have been recorded over the years and posted to YouTube for all of us to benefit from. We've assembled a playlist of YouTube videos featuring Dr. Rosenberg leading workshops. Enjoy!

If I'm using Nonviolent Communication I never, never, never hear what somebody thinks about me. Never hear what somebody thinks about you, you'll live longer. You'll enjoy life more. Hear the truth. The truth is that when somebody's telling you what's wrong with you, the truth is they have a need that isn't getting met. Hear that they're in pain. Don't hear the analysis.
—Marshall Rosenberg

Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD: Biography

Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD (1934 - 2015) was the creator of Nonviolent Communication (also known as Compassionate Communication or NVC) training and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He was best known for his work in conflict resolution. Another major component of his work was in education reform, helping schools and teachers create more “life-enriching” environments through learning and teaching Compassionate Communication.

Rosenberg founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) in the early 1960s and taught NVC in the United States and 60+ countries around the world for more than four decades. Read expressions of appreciation from several CNVC Certified Trainers. Dr. Rosenberg passed peacefully at home, with his wife Valentina and all his children by his side on February 7th, 2015.

The NVC Academy was founded in 2006, in cooperation with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, to support Marshall’s mission and promote NVC training worldwide.

Watch this vintage video from 1993, as Dr. Rosenberg works with two participants to heal interpersonal relationship issues.

Biographical Facts

Born: October 6, 1934, Canton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 7, 2015
Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1961, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Occupation: Psychologist, Author
Organization: The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) located in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
Affiliation with the NVC Academy:  NVC Academy employs CNVC Certified Trainers of NVC and shares marketing and organizational resources with CNVC to support the spread of NVC training worldwide.

Marshall Rosenberg’s Mission and Life Work

Marshall's vision was to create a world where individuals, groups and organizations can collaborate peacefully to enable social change through compassionate, nonviolent communication.

He created Nonviolent Communication based on his experiences with teaching mediation and communication skills while working with civil rights activists in the 60s. His mission then was to help desegregate schools and other public institutions. He worked with educators, mental health professionals, public servants, prison officials and inmates, public figures, military and police officers.

Marshall served hundreds of organizations, groups, businesses, non-profits, governments, individuals and educational institutions over the years, offering Nonviolent Communication training to promote reconciliation and peaceful resolution of differences. The Center for Nonviolent Communication continues to promote and support NVC training throughout the world. Dr. Rosenberg has provided Nonviolent Communication training in 60 countries including countries involved in violent struggles such as Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Croatia and Israel.

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Rosenberg said there are only two questions we ever need to know the answer to:

  1. What is alive in you?
  2. What would make life more wonderful?

Nonviolent Communication is a structured process that is based on discovering and empathizing with one another’s feelings, needs and requests. Once we understand another’s needs, we know what is alive in them. Needs are universal which means every human has the same needs, although some may be more important at certain times than others. Understanding needs helps us understand each other because these universal needs drive all human behavior.

Needs are the energy of life – the fundamental motivation for all behaviors.
Behind every action, there is a hunger to meet needs.

—Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg Awards

  • 2014 "Champion of Forgiveness" Award from the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
  • 2006: Bridge of Peace Nonviolence Award
  • 2005: Light of God Expressing in Society Award
  • 2004: Religious Science International Golden Works Award
  • 2004: International Peace Prayer Day Man of Peace Award
  • 2000: International Listening Association Listener of the Year Award

Marshall Rosenberg Bibliography

  1. (2012) Living Nonviolent Communication: Practical Tools to Connect and Communicate Skillfully in Every Situation
  2. (2005) Being Me, Loving You: A Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationships
  3. (2005) Practical Spirituality: The Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication
  4. (2005) Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World
  5. (2005) The Surprising Purpose of Anger: Beyond Anger Management: Finding the Gift
  6. (2004) Getting Past the Pain Between Us: Healing and Reconciliation Without Compromise
  7. (2004) The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World
  8. (2004) Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the Nonviolent Communication Way
  9. (2004) Teaching Children Compassionately: How Students and Teachers Can Succeed with Mutual Understanding
  10. (2004) We Can Work It Out: Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Powerfully
  11. (2003) Life-Enriching Education: NVC Helps Schools Improve Performance, Reduce Conflict and Enhance Relationships
  12. (2003) Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
  13. (1986) Duck Tales and Jackal Taming Hints. Booklet
  14. (1973) Mutual Education: Toward Autonomy and Interdependence
  15. (1968) Diagnostic Teaching Special Child Publications

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