Roz Adams

Name: Roz Adams

Certified Trainer: Yes

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

I believe all systems should be life support systems.

Originally from England, I have lived in Scotland since 1989. I often find labels too limiting to describe my experiences which have mostly been fluid and self-fashioned. I have 3 children all now grown up. From 2003-2020 I worked part-time as a Community Development Worker in Gorbals, Glasgow and before that with families experiencing poverty at Braendam Family House. Since 2020 I work at Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre as a counselling and support worker. I was first introduced to NVC in 2006 and have been fascinated and learning ever since.  I became a certified trainer in NVC in 2017. I run a monthly NVC Practice Group online and offer occasional bespoke and public trainings.

I am actively involved in creating the NVC community in Scotland.

I see NVC as having huge potential to bring about social change. I am drawn to be part of that; longing for a more equal, power-with, life-serving world. For me and others the capacity to create change depends on inner clarity and inner resources; I believe we cannot achieve one without the other. With years of experience of using NVC in a community which experiences structural powerlessness I have learned the importance of ‘empathising before you educate’ and trying to find the delicate balance between the two. I appreciate how those who are often perceived as having few resources are often stretched in their giving of empathy every day in a way I am not, because of our relative privilege and environments. I also see how NVC can be used to alter the structures that impact people, like creating a culture of feedback as a gift and of speaking truth with care in organisations, in the way meetings are run, and in supporting people to ask for what they want. I see every time we enter a conversation as an opportunity for social change.

Over the next few years I would love to resource individuals, organisations and communities with opportunities and skills bringing about needs-based change,  through trainings, practice groups, community gatherings and creating spaces where we can have difficult conversations that matter. I aim to be an example by how I live; a minimum of loving lightness to all those I interact with and a willingness to speak my truth with care. I also have a commitment to continued learning, exploring and personal development in order to better serve my social change goals.

Preferred Pronouns: She/her