What is Nonviolent Communication?
NVC is the language of connection; a totally learnable, practical way to bring empathy, honesty, strength and compassion into our personal and professional relationships. It helps build bridges of communication with individuals (integrating different parts of yourself for example), couples, families, teams, groups, organisations and communities.
How Did NVC Come About?
“All that has been integrated into NVC has been known for centuries about consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions.“ Marshall B. Rosenberg,
Marshall Rosenberg began developing his model of Nonviolent Communication more than forty years ago in the US, in response to the physical, emotional and spiritual violence he witnessed in society. Marshall first visited the UK in 1993, many were inspired by his teachings. Since then, trainers and sharers have developed a variety of approaches for making NVC accessible to others, of these, two are more common: An agreed curriculum is presented as an ‘NVC Foundation Course’, with subsequent courses offering increased depth, breadth and complexity, some targeted at particular issues.
NVC is used in workplaces and communities, it supports people in relating cooperatively, in making decisions together and working collaboratively. It can be incredibly effective in bringing about a shift in situations characterised by conflict.