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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is the name given by the late Marshall Rosenberg to a theory and practice of empathy.
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May 28, 2018
Long time practitioner Mukti tells her NVC story, as well as explains how Emotionally Focused Therapy has added another dimension to her couples counseling work. She offers courses at that integrate  insights from both modes.
May 21, 2018
Maria Santelli, Executive Director of the Center on Conscience and War, and giver of the TedTalk "Witnessing the Power of Conscience," speaks of her work with conscientious objectors.
Aug 21, 2017
Mariska and I explore the linked values of being seen and mattering in a romantic relationship. How does"What do I want?" weigh against, "What can I accept?"
Aug 7, 2017
Michael and I discuss the temptation to seek ego in relationship.
Jul 31, 2017
Stephen Michael Tumolo is Executive Director of Heart to Heart: Comienzos East. His organization teaches sensation-awareness, mindfulness, and NVC in jails, prisons, and half-way houses. An article portraying the work he and his volunteer staff do can be found here.
Jul 24, 2017
Erin and I chew over the Max Rivers interview on NLP (Episode 35), and ponder what is involved in progressing in NVC.  
Jul 17, 2017
Josh Stein runs The School of Circling Wizardry. This is our round-about conversation about what circling is, and how he got involved. This is not a conversation about NVC--except in so far as all relational practices are one.  
Jul 10, 2017
Brian Tohana introduces me to Authentic Relating Games.
Jul 5, 2017
The distinction between a request and a demand, and the energy attendant on each, is nowhere more consequential than in our sex lives. Jefe and I have a preliminary conversation about how this is at stake in BDSM play.  
Jun 18, 2017
The Marriage Mediator, Max Rivers, explains how NLP training informs his needs-based approach to marriage mediation.
Jun 12, 2017
In this short episode I reflect on where I wanted to go, and where it seems to me to be going. You might call this episode self-involved, but I'd request to have it heard as an exercise in self-connection.
Jun 5, 2017
Adam Vogal is the President of the Oregon Peace Institute. What is to be done when one is out in public, and suddenly on the cusp of a violent situation? Adam conducts training on how to make sound choices.  
May 30, 2017
Chelsea's NVC challenge is that her partner doesn't share her ideas about how to show up when their young sons are in conflict. It's a fascinating conflict about conflict, I think, and we use role play to begin to find a way to conversation.
May 22, 2017
Erin and I converse about how to stay in relation to emotions that don't readily admit themselves to names. I share that this is something that comes up for me in doing eldercare.  
May 15, 2017
What is circling? And how might it be related to the practice of NVC? This is the first in a series of episodes in which I plan to explore that question.
  • The conversation between Andy and Decker Cunov that I mention as having been so taken by can be found here.
May 9, 2017
I request some help from listeners in re-doing my response to a Mom who's all in on the power-with model, and we role play to explore her disinclination to let others meet her needs.  
May 1, 2017
John Lash of The Georgia Conflict Center learned NVC in prison, and brings a deeply informed and felt perspective to its place alongside self inquiry and the principles and practices of restorative justice. To hear John in conversation with another interlocutor, find Alum Perry's interview with him here.  
Apr 24, 2017
Max Rivers suggests that a primary potential of an intimate relationship is revealing and meeting the specific needs one gave up on getting met in one's family of origin. Filmmaker Hanna Utkin (The NVC Family Camp Documentary) conducts the interview.    
Apr 17, 2017
Hanna Utkin (whose Family Camp Documentary is here) interviews Max Rivers (whose marriage mediation portal is here). Part One is Max's back story, as well as the framing of the notion of "Needs."  
Apr 10, 2017
Sasha helps me re-see and re-imagine a conversation in which I wasn't all that I could be.  
Apr 3, 2017
M. J. Harding has co-written a musical in which characters vested with institutional power come to use Nonviolent Communication for purposes of surveillance and state-sponsored violence. It's called Removal Men, and some clips are available here.
Mar 27, 2017
A retired Army Ranger has had second thoughts about the meaning of his career. Now he struggles to know how to respond, especially in casual situations, to being acknowledged for it.  
Mar 21, 2017
Ryan and I discuss some recent progress he's made employing the NVC framework.  
Mar 12, 2017
I give Mariska empathy concerning her love life, and invite or challenge her to go beyond her "natural" skills.  
Mar 7, 2017
Mariska and I delve into an incident, trivial in itself, that represents a pattern of disconnection between herself and her boyfriend.  
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