NVC in the Wild

Over the years I’ve encountered many people—friends, colleagues, clients—who are put off by Nonviolent Communication (NVC). It’s too jargony, they say. Too artificial. And way too “woo-woo.” Whatever. They’re not having it, which is pretty depressing for me as an NVC trainer. Still, I get...

Is Your Husband Your Only Strategy?

A student of mine wrote me, agitated, that she thinks she's about to jump into the abyss. Jumping into the abyss is a major part of what I've been living and teaching for many years now. It is an integral part of what I have come...

Use Your Creative Story-telling for Peace

Have you noticed how creative people can be? We constantly makeup stories to explain people’s words and actions, rallying our best efforts to make sense of the world. As meaning-making animals, we have elevated story-telling to an art. After retiring from her career, my step-grandmother sewed...

Meet BayNVC’s Interns: Introducing Azzam Talhami

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]BayNVC has two new interns! Our interns, Azzam Talhami from Palestine, and Sadhana Vornberger from Germany, are both passionate and experienced social justice activists. We were excited about the work they are already doing in the world.  We asked them to interview each other...

What if you didn’t have to work?

Cross-posted from The Fearless Heart, a guest post by BayNVC outreach manager Anna Barnett:  How would your life change if you knew that your basic needs would be met no matter what? If earning money wasn’t necessary to keep a roof over your head and food in...

The Power of Presence

Of all the various things one might learn in this modern age of information, getting a handle on our communication can be one of the most rewarding and potentially transformative. Why? For two simple reasons: it is our primary medium for interfacing with other human...

Conflict Hotline

NVC TV! Berkeley Community Television broadcast 22 episodes of the Conflict Hotline, a monthly television show featuring Miki Kashtan and other BayNVC trainers. A Conflict Coach, usually Miki, guided the other trainers through role-plays in order to support callers and other viewers in learning about using...

Being Heard Can Make All the Difference

When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good. . . . When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to...

Not Business as Usual: Empathy Enters the Workplace

Paul Levy, director of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is trying something revolutionary, radical, maybe even impossible: He is trying to convince the people who work for him that the E in CEO can sometimes stand for empathy.  The Boston Globe "Empathy" and ˜meaning"...