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Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? The Case of Nonviolent Communication
September 30, 2019  •  Article  • 

Some years ago, I was asked to write a review of a book about which I loved everything except the title: Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era.[1] What I most ...

Enemy Images and the Creation of “The Other”: Reflections on the New Zealand Mosque Shootings
April 5, 2019  •  Article  • 

It has been several weeks since the massacre in Christchurch, which left 50 people dead. This deliberate act of astonishing violence was even more egregious as it occurred in a house of worship. In an instant, we were all taken back to Pittsburg and Quebec City where peaceful worshippers in ...

Reckoning with Collapse: Living into Community from Warsaw to Stroud
June 23, 2019  •  Article  • 

This post is the third and last in my May travelogue collection.

Following the NGL (Nonviolent Global Liberation) retreat in Poland, eight of us, in various configurations, went on the road via van and train, offering various events over the course of sixteen days. This trip was ...

How Far Can We Go Together? Nonviolent Global Liberation Retreat, Poland
June 2, 2019  •  Article  • 

This post is the second in my May travelogue collection.

Some years ago, when the number of retreats and intensive trainings that I had led or co-led was well over 100, I stopped counting. Each one is its own unique configuration of purpose, players, relationships, content, context, location, ...

Living Wealth: Provision, Romania
May 22, 2019  •  Article  • 

This month, I am in Europe, in six different places. I am planning to write bits and pieces about the different parts of my tour. Here is the first installment:

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The Powers No One Can Take Away From Us
May 5, 2019  •  Article  • 

Over the course of the last several millennia, more and more power and wealth have been concentrating in the hands of fewer and fewer people. In a very literal sense, this currently deprives the vast ...

Harvesting Social Change One Step at a Time
January 1, 2018  •  Article  • 

For the past few months, I’ve been thinking about and supporting others in taking steps towards healing the seemingly uncomfortable divide between our families, communities, and countries. It can seem so hard to even open a conversation about our political differences, let alone locate common ground ...

NVC Conversations About Privilege and Power-Over
February 21, 2018  •  Article  • 

Last year, Mary Mackenzie of the NVC Academy (NVCA) organized an online symposium Removing Our Blinders: Seeing the Impact of Power and Privilege that I consider courageous and visionary. The symposium offered an opportunity for those of ...

Creating Peace and Change: A Multi-Level Approach
January 1, 2018  •  Article  • 

If you’re attempting to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak or sign the same language as you, and you don’t have an interpreter, no matter how clear or connected your communication, you may not be heard or understood. There are external or structural issues at play. ...

Marshall Rosenberg's Vision of Social Change
January 1, 2017  •  Article  • 
It’s been several years since Marshall Rosenberg’s death, the much loved author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Rosenberg could easily be described as a man who expressed profound radical insights that could significantly change lives. People ...
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