Popular Topic: social change


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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...
Leadership Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement
November 8, 2017  •  Article  • 
My life is spent traveling between different lands. There is the land of my NVC family. This land is full of people who have abundant hope, who believe change is possible. Some focus on individual change – making their lives and the lives of people in their families and communities ...
Can Needs Be Harmful?
October 20, 2017  •  Article  • 
Please join me in a visualization. Take a minute to imagine that you are a baby panda bear. You live in a zoo in an enclosure designed to resemble the panda bear's natural habitat in the wild. Bamboo, the mainstay of your diet, is flown in regularly for you and ...
Why don’t they get it?
August 17, 2018  •  Article  • 
Does this seem familiar?  You're in a meeting. Maybe it's a workshop around equity and social justice issues, maybe it's your community group holding a planning meeting for their next event.

Pat makes a suggestion, and folks keep talking, ignoring the suggestion, proposing others. When Riley makes ...