Get Started with Nonviolent Communication

Self-paced Course •  30 days

Self-paced Course
30 days
  • Start here to discover how Nonviolent Communication (NVC) will enrich and deepen all your relationships.
  • You'll love this practical and enlightening approach to empathic listening and effective self-expression.
  • Learn on your schedule with self-paced learning modules in this 30-day program. 

Feelings Are a Response to Our Met or Unmet Needs

Trainer Tip •  1 - 2 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes

Trainer Tip: Our particular needs and expectations in the moment, influences how we feel. So if you are feeling hurt, sad, angry, or disappointed, try to consider what your unmet needs are, and see if there are other ways you can get them met. Today, track how your needs affect your feelings.


Requests, the Fourth Component of Compassionate Communication

Trainer Tip •  1 - 2 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes

Trainer Tip: Making a request is critical because it can greatly lessen any tension in the situation. Plus, it can clarify for you and the people in your life what it would take to meet your need. Make at least one specific and doable request to someone today.


The Powers No One Can Take Away From Us

Article •  16 - 24 minutes
All Skill Levels
Article
16 - 24 minutes

We can choose our stories of interpretation, and how to respond. And while stories of self-sufficiency can (to a degree) give us more influence over our own lives, they don't erase oppression, war, nor climate change. When stories omit a lens that includes impacts of interdependence, oppression, and structural inequities, stories can also keep us disconnected and blocked from compassion for self and others -- and perpetuating an oppressive status quo. However, with this lens we can make greater compassion and collective liberation possible. Even as the outcome is unknown.


Aligning Our Strategies with Our Values

Trainer Tip •  1 - 2 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes

Trainer Tip: What do you value the most? Take a look at your actions and notice the values that your actions demonstrate (not what you want them to show, but what they do show), and see if they are in alignment.   Where there is a gap take steps to create actions that are in alignment with your values.


Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? The Case of Nonviolent Communication - Part 1 of 2

Article •  15 - 23 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
15 - 23 minutes

By focusing on NVC process and practice without factoring in the interdependent, systemic dimension we unwittingly diminish the power of NVC. We reinforce the dominant paradigm, rather than challenging it -- making NVC one more tool for compliance. NVC principles can turn against its own purpose in cruel ways. NVC could also empower social change. We'll need our attention on this matter if we are to contribute to transforming the oppression we face and our collective march towards extinction.


New Year's Revolutions - For a Change

Trainer Tip •  2 - 3 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
2 - 3 minutes

Here's a four step exercise applying a needs-based approach to effective goals, habits and New Year's Resolutions.


Moving from Fault to Cause: Looking for Systemic Solutions to White Supremacy

Article •  13 - 19 minutes
All Skill Levels
Article
13 - 19 minutes

We can see throughout many examples in history that when we look for "who" is at fault, and thereby seek social change through shaming that person (or that group), it tends to lead to disastrous long term consequences. Even if it works in the short term. Instead, if we want to end cycles of violence we can seek to understand systemic causes and context of individuals' behaviour. And from there, look for solutions that stem from this understanding.


The Radical Act of Reclaiming Attention

Article •  5 - 8 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes

Given all that we are facing today as a society and a species, amongst some of the things we need is a well nourished heart. To nourish our hearts we need to discern where to wisely put our attention. Here are three practices to reclaim your attention, and replenish your reserves, so that you have the inner resources to do the work that is calling you.  They are: train the mind, nourish the heart, and stay connected to purpose.


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

 
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