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The Center for Nonviolent Communication

It is a pleasure to feature the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international, non-profit organization founded in 1984 by psychologist and mediator Marshall Rosenberg. "Replacing hatred and violence with compassion", Dr. Rosenberg and CNVC teachers have provided Nonviolent CommunicationSM training to enthusiastic audiences on five continents, including many critically troubled regions. In these times of conflict, from simple misunderstandings between friends to angry confrontation, from disrespect toward children to child abuse, from driver rudeness to road rage, and from diplomatic mistrust to war, we desperately need the teaching that this organization offers so abundantly and well.

Dr. Rosenberg's engaging workshops use giraffe and jackal hand puppets to help illustrate the mechanisms of communication. The giraffe, with its large heart and gentle nature, has become the organization's metaphor for nonviolent communication, while the jackal represents life-alienated consciousness and language. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is affectionately referred to as "Giraffe Language."

The organization's website includes a history of the organization, schedules of NVC classes and workshops, and books and tapes on Nonviolent Communication for children and adults. Several exceptional articles on parenting and nonviolent communication have recently been added, and parents are invited to join the CNVC parenting egroup.

Inbal Kashtan, in her excellent article "Compassionate Connection: Attachment Parenting and Nonviolent CommunicationSM" wrote that:

NVC shares two key premises with attachment parenting: Human actions are motivated by attempts to meet needs, and trusting relationships are built through attentiveness to those needs. Both premises contrast with prevailing child rearing practices and with the assumptions about human beings that underlie these practices. Instead of focusing on authority and discipline, attachment parenting and NVC provide theoretical and practical grounds for nurturing compassionate, powerful, and creative children who will have resources to contribute to a peaceful society.

If you have an opportunity to attend a workshop, you are fortunate. If any group can effect peace in our world and in our homes, it is surely the CNVC. We enthusiastically recommend this website and all of this organization's important work.

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