Compassionate Communication for Connections

"We must be the change we wish to see in this world." - Gandhi

While these words are quite inspiring, we humans seem to have a hard time living up to them. Marshall Rosenberg's Non Violent Communication (NVC) process and Restorative Practices are the most powerful maps I have found to help in our day-to-day challenges and attempts to live up to this "Change" vision.

About Non Violent Communication

Studying Non Violent Communication (NVC) with Cindy Bigbie has helped make a fundamental change in the way I view communication and conflict resolution. NVC has helped meet my need to truly connect with those
I love. - Craig S.

If violent is defined as acting in ways that result in harm, then much of how we interact and communicate with one another falls, sadly, in this category. Even amongst those with whom we are closest, we tend to judge, evaluate, blame, and use a variety of conversational responses that, rather than bring us closer, tend to forge disconnections.

Non Violent Communication (NVC) is a process based on the idea that all humans share a common set of universal needs, and when we are able to hear one another at that level, connections can occur and creative solutions arise. NVC is a process that helps the users develop a new relationship with conflict; one in which conflicts leave the involved parties more connected rather than disconnected.

Developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. in the 1960's, the NVC process has been used around the globe in over 60 countries with organizations, warring tribes, families, and individuals. People who practice NVC find it to be transformational in every area of the human experience.