Using NVC to Create Social Change (Introduction)

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Using NVC to Create Social Change (Introduction)

Trainer(s): Dian Killian, Martha Lasley
Media Format: Audio Download
Duration: 51 minutes
Sessions/Tracks: 1
Production Date: 12/2008

$0.00 USD


A Telecourse Recording with CNVC Certified Trainer Dian Killian, PhD, Founder and Director of Brooklyn Nonviolent Communication and CNVC Certified Trainer Martha Lasley from Troy, Pennsylvania, USA

An Introduction to NVC and Social Change. Listen to a demonstration of applying NVC consciousness to a social change issue. 

In this course, we’ll take the first steps in exploring, via NVC consciousness:

  • Our vision for the world
  • How we can go about “being the change,” living fully in integrity with our values in our work, community, faith and social action groups
  • New ways to use NVC to support social change and creating the world we want to live in!

You’ll get a taste of the year-long Facilitate Change Program that supports the development of social change leaders and their organizations to create the change they wish to see in the world. By applying the consciousness and skills of compassionate, Nonviolent Communication to social change projects, Facilitate Change fosters “compassion in action” at a personal, group and international level, taking tangible steps towards creating a world where human needs are peacefully met.

Through sharing an NVC-based approach to social change with an ever-widening circle of activists, our goal is to transform societal beliefs, institutions and practices so as to create a partnership/power-sharing society where basic human needs are met, all needs are held with care, and human beings can live together free of violence. Inspired by NVC principles, we seek to create a social activism that is holistic, sustainable, inspiring, powerful and joyful—transforming hearts, minds, individuals and the world.

Questions to Explore to Facilitate Change:

  • What does a “partnership” or “shared-power” culture and society look like, both in our “own” culture/society/neighborhood/home and around the world?
  • How do we go about creating such a society in a way that’s already “creating the change” in integrity with our goal and vision?
  • How does the practice of Nonviolent Communication inform such social change, both in terms of vision and activism?
  • How, in exploring these questions, will the form and practice of our organizations and activism itself transform?

How Nonviolent Communication Supports Social Change

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers practical skills to support a consciousness where individuals, groups and communities can fully hear each other, restore care and connection, and discover new strategies that work for everyone. NVC training offers integrated practices (such as deep/empathic listening, group facilitation skills, needs-based decision making) that can support organizations in doing their work and achieving their mission with flow, effectiveness, integrity and ease.

On a larger scale, Nonviolent Communication offers an integrated practice to support the transformation of society and culture towards a “partnership” or collaborative paradigm where all human needs and the needs of all life can be held with care.

Our Philosophy

Our Beliefs about Social Change Inspired by the Practice and Principles of Nonviolent Communication that inform this tele-class and the Faciliate Change Program:

  • Social Change is the conscious, concerted and strategic effort to transform society, including institutions, practices, policies and beliefs, so that human needs and the needs of all life matter and are held with balance, mutuality, interdependence and care.
  • Violence can be seen as a tragic response to unmet needs and/or the perception/belief that an individual’s or group’s needs do not matter or matter “less” than another’s; “justice” in this context can be seen as a restoration of human connection and a willingness to act on meeting everyone’s needs; true and lasting peace comes from acting on the belief that all human needs (and the needs of the planet and other living beings) are interdependent and of value.
  • In seeing how human needs can be met, we are not attached to any particular strategy; as Gandhi suggests, “That which meets the most human needs comes the closest to truth.”

Benefits of MP3 recordings:

  • Listen to the learning material again and again
  • Recordings are an alternative to participating in a live course
  • Use recordings to prepare for a live workshop or telecourse
  • Conveniently listen in your car, while you're jogging or while relaxing at home
  • Recordings can supplement your learning and reinforce what you already know
  • Recordings make great learning tools for your practice group


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