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

Article •  23 - 34 minutes
All Skill Levels
Article
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.


Empathic, Powerful Responses To COVID-19 Inequities

Article •  15 - 23 minutes
Advanced Skill Level
Article
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.


The Neuroscience of Privilege, Power and Status

Article •  15 - 23 minutes
All Skill Levels
Article
15 - 23 minutes

Understanding how our brains operate in relation to power, privilege and status is important if we wish to build a world that works for all. This article gives an overview of the brain tendencies we have in relationship to groups, and provides remedies to counteract the automatic labor-saving devices of our human brains (which often prevent us from seeing the fullness of others, and our own, humanity).


Viewing Needs Through an Equity Lens

Article •  4 - 6 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
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.


Privilege / Lack of Privilege Affects White People, Fishbowl Discussion

with Jeff Brown
Video •  1 hour, 21 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Video
1 hour, 21 minutes

Join Jeff Brown for a provocative fishbowl discussion about how privilege and lack of privilege white people.


How Privilege / Lack of Privilege Affects Men, Fishbowl Discussion

Video •  1 hour, 19 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Video
1 hour, 19 minutes
Join Alan Seid for a provocative fishbowl discussion about how privilege and lack of privilege affect men.

How Privilege / Lack of Privilege Affects Women, Fishbowl Discussion

Video •  1 hour, 22 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Video
1 hour, 22 minutes
Join Dian Killian and Mary Mackenzie for a provocative fishbowl discussion about how privilege and lack of privilege affect women.

Understanding White Privilege as a 21st Century Leadership Capacity

Video •  1 hour, 41 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Video
1 hour, 41 minutes

Working on social justice and racial equity? If you include attending to white culture and privilege as part of that work, you'll reap important benefits. Understanding white culture — along with its embedded historical privileges — provides valuable insight into a larger system of inequity.