Nonviolent Communication, or NVC, is based on the awareness that everything we say or do is an attempt to meet a universal need. Our intention is to …
– connect with ourselves and others
– hold everyone’s needs and values with regard
– hear what’s important to others
– express ourselves with authenticity and vulnerability
– use a language that fosters openness, compassion, and natural giving
– contribute to our own and other people’s wellbeing
Nonviolent Communication is a powerful model of communication, but it goes far beyond that. It is a way of being, thinking, and living in the world. Its purpose is to inspire heartfelt connections between ourselves and other people—connections that allow everyone’s needs to be met through compassionate giving. It inspires us and others to give from the heart. Nonviolent, also called Compassionate Communication was developed by Marshall Rosenberg.
Marshall Rosenberg has initiated peace programs in war torn areas including Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Serbia, Croatia, and Ireland. A clinical psychologist, he is the founder of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), an international nonprofit organization that offers workshops and training in 30 countries. Dr. Rosenberg is the author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life and Speak Peace in a World of Conflict. For more information on Dr. Rosenberg, please visit his website at: www.cnvc.org.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Gandhi