Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication, NVC
Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s internationally acclaimed Nonviolent Communication, NVC, is a relational approach to transformation, connecting us to the depths of ourselves and each other. Here we can learn to interact in conscious ways that inspire creative collaboration, the joy of resolving conflict, co-creating harmony at all levels. This approach reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values, every minute, every day. Disengaging from our conditioned thinking (the ‘default mode’ of labeling, criticizing, judging) paves the way to genuine understanding and authentic connection – the foundation of genuine well-being.
NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity and a concrete set of skills that facilitate mutual understanding, using our power in ways that honor everyone’s needs. The process of Nonviolent Communication is based on proven principles and practices that clarify, connect and liberate.
NVC – The basis of its transformational power
- The principles of nonviolence – inspired by the legacy of nonviolence in the lives of Gandhi (1869 – 1948) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, (1929 – 1968).
- The practice of deep listening to oneself and others
- The practice of expressing feelings and needs (values) openly and honestly, without blame or criticism
Life-changing benefits of learning NVC
- Build relationships based on empathy and honesty
- Accurately understand our own and others’ feelings and needs
- Feel confident giving and receiving constructive feedback
- Dismantle patterns of thinking that lead to disconnection and conflict
- Empower life-serving choices in all areas of one’s life and beyond
The practice of NVC – personal and global
- Parenting and family, personal and business relationships
- Education, health and healing, peacemaking, spirituality
- Restorative justice, prison work, counseling, mediation
- Personal growth, conflict resolution, anger management
- Organizational effectiveness, meaningful feedback, skillful dialogue
- The daily practice of in-depth listening, being present, grounded, centred
Who is Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg?
- Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD, international peacemaker, mediator and founder of Nonviolent Communication, is the director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international educational and peacemaking organization founded in 1984, www.cnvc.org, housed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- He is the author of the bestselling book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, as well as Speak Peace in a World of Conflict, Life-Enriching Education and more than 20 trade booklets.
- Dr. Rosenberg, 1934-2015, and his associates have been teaching and applying NVC globally for over forty years, including locations of international conflict and violence. The NVC community is active in over 35 countries around the globe.
“I have identified a specific approach to communicating – speaking and listening – that leads us to give from the heart, connecting us with ourselves and with each other in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish. I call this approach Nonviolent Communication, using the term nonviolence as Gandhi used it – to refer to a state of compassion when violence has subsided from the heart.” Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent