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. She offers transformational programs in communication, conflict resolution, and coaching across all sectors from hospitals to prisons to farmers cooperatives. In her work as a consultant for businesses and organizations, she loves working with people on their gaps of awareness, to build stronger feedback channels and to support leadership to use their power and privilege in a conscious and effective way. Kanya lived in the US for over 25 years and experienced the pain of being in a marginalized group. Now that she lives in Thailand and is part of the dominant group, she regularly receives feedback around her unconscious use of power and privilege and is committed to integrating this feedback into her growing awareness of others’ experiences and perspectives different from hers. NVC has changed Kanya’s world from the life of a software engineer in Silicon Valley pursuing the next popular app to a life filled with purpose and meaning.