Marshall Rosenberg: Introducing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Using NVC for Social Change

Dear Friends,

On Nov 22, 2011 at 2:00PM (Mountain) and Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 2:00PM (Mountain), we resumed this BlogTalkRadio series introducing the Nonviolent Communication work of Marshall Rosenberg.

Please visit the link above to listen the archived version.

Zeitgeist: Moving Inward is a program intended to provide insights that members of The Zeitgeist Movement can use to embody the value structure that will enable a Resource-Based Economy to take root in our world.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

This program is aligned with principles of The Zeitgeist Movement, The Venus Project, the vision of Buckminster Fuller and many others, and explores the shift in values that is required for humanity to transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society toward a new sustainable social paradigm called a Resource-Based Economy. As a movement that practices what it perpetuates, we are called to epitomize the behavior we want to experience from others in the world. If you are not familiar with this model, I invite you to visit and

A primary goal of The Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement is to transform the values of a critical mass of the population so that we are interacting cooperatively and compassionately with each other; the only conditions under which a RBE can emerge and thrive. But that will not happen automatically because even though many of us want a better world in our hearts, we’ve still been programmed at the level of the brain to operate in the current paradigm.

In previous episodes Jacque Fresco provided us with a foundation understanding of the socially held values that would be necessary to support a RBE. He uses the term social therapy to describe what is needed to help us transition to those values. He defines social therapy as providing people with information. He was followed by author John Marshall Roberts (a student of the work of Clare Graves), and author Steve McIntosh (a proponent of Integral Philosophy and Spiral Dynamics). Both John and Steve address various specific stages of human development and the general values associated with each.

Which leads us to these two episodes...

Marshall Rosenberg - Part 1: Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 2:00PM, Mountain

Marshall Rosenberg - Part 2: Using NVC for Social Change
Wed, Nov 23, 2011 2:00PM, Mountain

This is a two-part series introducing the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) created by Marshall Rosenberg.

Dr. Marshall Rosenberg is the founder of The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), a global organization whose vision is a world where all people are getting their needs met and resolving their conflicts peacefully. In this vision, people are using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to create and participate in networks of worldwide life-serving systems in economics, education, justice, health care, and peace-keeping.

Featured in this program are audio excerpts from The Nonviolent Communication Training Course by Marshall Rosenberg, produced by Sounds True, an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. These excerpts have been used with permission granted by Sounds True.

Culturally, we collectively seem to be at a stage where non-violence is the best strategy for creating a peaceful world, not only because it makes sense that non-violence will beget peace, but because of the relative civility at which our culture operates within the “developed” nations of the world. Since the developed nations pretty much keep the rest of the world in a tenuous check and it is within their boundaries that the most empowered of the 99% live, it makes sense to me that this is the culture that must be upgraded first if conditions throughout the world are to improve.

If circumstances in the developed world were to regress into a more oppressive set of cultural values, then violent revolution might be the only method of liberation. But we are not there at this time. These are tactics that worked for Ghandi’s movement in liberating India from Britain in the late 40s and the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, under strong leadership of MLK, Jr.

It should be noted that both Ghandi and MLK, Jr. were assassinated was Malcolm X and John and Bobby Kennedy... all excellent reasons for having a more or less “leaderless” movement such as what is emerging with Occupy Wall Street.

Another reason for non-violence being so important is that for all intent and purposes, we are a global society. True, there are clear religious and nationalistic associations. But, the superseding reality is that there is no “other” out there; no true enemy anymore. We’re all part of the family of life and humanity on this planet and the borders are more fictional than ever. We need to upgrade the general worldview to one that acknowledges all the world’s people as “the chosen people” and the entire world as “the holy land”.

Marshall Rosenberg’s work represents a big next step in the context of this audio learning series. With some important basic concepts being presented, we can begin discussions around the practical work of upgrading the values by which the world is currently governed.

As a child growing up in a turbulent Detroit neighborhood, Marshall Rosenberg knew he wanted to find a way of speaking that would stop the need for violence. As a clinical psychologist in 1961, he set out to create such a language - and teach it. Forty years later, people on five continents speak it.

From his childhood years, Dr. Rosenberg was intent on understanding what motivated people toward violence and why some people, even in trying circumstances, were moved to compassion instead.

After studying comparative religions and the stories of peacemakers throughout history, and using his own varied life experiences, he was convinced that human beings are not inherently violent. That belief is the basis of the concepts and skills of Nonviolent Communication.

In the early 1960s Dr. Rosenberg left his clinical practice and literally went on the road, wanting to teach people what he had learned. He wanted to "give away" the communication skills that he had been teaching his clients as a therapist. In his efforts to apply these skills to the needs of people in everyday life, Dr. Rosenberg found people all over the country who wanted to learn Nonviolent Communication and offer it to a broad base of people in their communities. To meet this need and to more effectively spread the skills of NVC, he founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 1984 as a non-profit organization.

These episodes will feature excerpts from The Nonviolent Communication Training Course by Marshall Rosenberg, produced by Sounds True. Ideally, we would have Marshall on the program, but he’s just too busy and was not available. Rosenberg's NVC material is essential to the curriculum we're offering and we want you to hear it directly from Marshall. We are very grateful to Sounds True for granting permission to share it with you here.

Please join us in this important conversation...

Zeitgeist: Moving Inward

Marshall Rosenberg - Part 1: Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Marshall Rosenberg - Part 2: Using NVC for Social Change
The Center for Nonviolent Communication
The Nonviolent Communication Training Course
The Zeitgeist Movement
The Venus Project