Friday, February 12, 2010

start with yourself

I'm doing a course on saturday called Non-Violent Communication

Why? - I want to be a better communicator

What is this NVC?
"Have you ever wondered if there was a way all people could live in peace? Have you ever longed to reach a point of understanding with someone you care about when you find yourselves divided by disagreements or differences? Maybe you’ve longed to express what you really feel or what is important to you? Or, have you ever wanted to foster agreement with a group of people who was unable to agree with another group—especially when the disagreement became life-threatening?
Simply put, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way of relating to ourselves and others, moment to moment, free of past reactions. By learning to identify your needs and express them powerfully, as well as to bring understanding to the needs of others, you can stay connected to what is alive in you and create a life that is more fulfilling."
Does it work?
"Throughout the world, Nonviolent Communication training helps:
•School systems-teachers, parents, students, administrators

•Health Care-with doctors, nurses, patients and managers

•Prisons-with inmates, prison staff, and prison officials

•Workplaces-from the boardroom to the shop floor.

•Law enforcement and the military-exploring restorative justice rather than punitive justice

•Social service agencies-from day care to drug treatment

•Couples, families and communities-life skills for healing and connection
Look around - don't you think we need better more effective and satisfying ways of dealing with conflict - the techniques used in our society today often lead to deeper, more painful conflict. I'm not going to sit around waiting for someone else to fix everything - i am going to do my bit and start with myself.

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