What we're about
This group is for anyone who wants to improve their interpersonal skills. It would be helpful if you purchased Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (by Marshall Rosenberg, 3rd edition) and the Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook (by Lucy Leu, 2nd edition). Both are available on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. We meet once every other week, on Sunday evenings. You don't have to start at Chapter One. You can join us at any time. Each chapter offers insightful information and guidance. It would benefit you to read each chapter and then go through and do the book and workbook exercises but that is not a requirement in order to get something out of the meetups. Here is a video that our leader, David, created about the basics of Nonviolent Communication: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itFfhua1TOw&feature=youtu.be
What is Nonviolent Communication?
Nonviolent Communication is the integration of 4 things:
1-Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of empathy, care, courage, and authenticity.
2-Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance.
3-Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want; how to hear others, even in disagreement; and how to move toward solutions that work for all.
4-Means of influence: sharing power with others rather than using power over others.
NVC serves our desire to do three things:
1 Increase our ability to live with choice, meaning, and connection.
2 Connect empathically with self and others to have more satisfying relationships.
3 Sharing of resources so everyone is able to benefit.
The founder of NVC, Dr. Rosenberg, first used the NVC process in federally funded school integration projects to provide mediation and communication skills training during the 1960s. The Center for Nonviolent Communication, which he founded in 1984, now has hundreds of certified NVC trainers and supporters teaching NVC in more than sixty countries around the globe. A sought-after presenter, peacemaker and visionary leader, Dr. Rosenberg led NVC workshops and international intensive trainings for tens of thousands of people in over 60 countries across the world and provided training and initiated peace programs in many war-torn areas including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Middle East.