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NVC and Diversity – Experiments in Connecting across Differences
January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC
What: An experimental application of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) principles to promote connection and understanding across racial, ethnic, class, and gender-related differences in groups.
When: Tuesday, January 25, 7-9pm UTC/GMT (11am-1pm PST, 2pm-5pm EST)
How to Join: Register here. You can register at the last minute.
More: As facilitators, we propose to explore difficult situations we have experienced in the recent past, through a lens of NVC. Once we have guessed at the real issues (feelings and basic human needs), we may better envision approaches to bridge differences within our groups.
The organizers are aware of critiques of NVC in the area of diversity and decolonizing, and intend to practice humility and keep open minds, recognizing power dynamics and the limitations of any one tool. We do not expect to produce answers. We want to understand the motivations behind conflict around difference, and perhaps envision new possibilities.
All who are willing to prioritize connection across difference are welcome. Those who want a nutshell reference to NVC basics- handy for making sense of our session- can download these PDF files: 4 components, and Feelings and Needs. Those who want some power analysis can download the Dominance and Partnership Paradigms and slides from a talk on “NVC for the Oppressed”.
How does this relate to Deep Adaptation? Understanding and collaborating with people, whatever label they might wear or bias they might hold, allows us to live the DA values of compassion, curiosity, and respect. It helps us avoid “othering” that can make a situation dangerous and divisive.
Your Hosts are Caroline Päkel and Terry LePage.
Why that photo? Marshall Rosenberg, creator of NVC, used the symbol of the jackal to represent people who speak “violently”, and he challenged us to hear their hearts. This is an urban coyote in Terry’s neighborhood, the closest things she sees to a real jackal.