I am in love with this process, called Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Practicing it is the greatest improvement in the quality of my life. The idea that I can be honest without criticizing gives me much bigger freedom than I have ever imagined having, before I met NVC. Being able to guess the other person’s possible feelings and needs reduces the number of “idiots” around me to zero.
I am not saying that empathic guesses are my first thoughts all the time, but sooner or later I will get there.So, I experience much more freedom and safety.
Maria at present works as CNVC Executive Director. She met Marshall Rosenberg over 20 years ago and learned NVC directly from Marshall over the following years. Those encounters were to completely change the direction of her life.In 2004, having run a community mediation service for 3 years and developed her own ideas about social change, community engagement and conflict resolution, Maria went solo and began working on her doorstep in London engaging statutory agencies and local people in ideas of Nonviolent Communication, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice. Others were soon interested in participating- and a team began to form.
I met Marshall in 1996 while pursuing my studies on communication at the Ohio State University. I was searching for something that could help my war torn country and the war weary people. At the very first session with Marshall, it became very clear that I have found the teachings that I was looking for. I immediately started integrating the learnings of NVC into my life. NVC became my life. It lit up my life from every corner. I learnt to be present. I continue to learn to be present….
Ondráš is a strategic thinker with passion for complex problems. He studied theoretical physics, but gradually shifted his focus towards complexity in communication, conflicts and interaction in organizations and communities. NVC is an important tool in his toolbox that complements well other approaches that focus more on the big picture of the whole system. He has worked in many roles: facilitator, coach, mediator, researcher, trainer… but in all the roles he does the same thing, watching for emerging patterns and making sense of the situation, so that the people can make progress on their paths.
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Why is there such a thing as – sharing? I don’t know it, and you don’t know it either. But we both know for sure, that this is an ineradicable need of the human heart, which makes the life worth living, and bears a big secret. (Iwan Bunin)
We share life as we live our interdependence – we can be our biggest triggers and place of deepest comfort – NVC for us does not begin and end at courses we give, or we just do silently for ourselves, NVC for us is to share live consciously with all the juiciness and challenges life brings. We like to walk our talk, reflect each other, grow together.
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