What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical, learnable process presented by Marshall Rosenberg, based on universal human values that helps people connect more deeply with themselves and others. It promotes congruency with one’s values in thought, speech and action.

The purpose of NVC is to create the quality of connection where everyone’s needs are equally valued and strategies to meet needs contribute to connection, harmony and peace.

Nonviolent Communication develops one’s ability to transform blame, anger and criticism into understanding, effective communication and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Nonviolent Communication focuses our attention on what matters most, leading to language and actions that are efficient, effective and full of integrity.

Nonviolent Communication strengthens our ability to inspire compassion and teamwork from others. It guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was a gift to the world by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

    MARSHALL ROSENBERG (1934-2015)

    MARSHALL ROSENBERG (1934-2015)


Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg was the founder and director of educational services for The Center for Nonviolent Communication (www.cnvc.org).

Growing up in an inner–city Detroit neighborhood Dr. Marshall Rosenberg was confronted daily with various forms of violence. Wanting to explore the causes of violence and what could be done to reduce violence, he chose to study clinical psychology and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg’s quest to find a way of rapidly disseminating much needed peacemaking skills.

Since the inception of the Center, the response to Nonviolent Communication training has been extremely positive. It is seen as a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional, and political levels. Nonviolent Communication training is active in over 60 countries. Dr. Marshall worked with educators, managers, mental health and health care providers, lawyers, military officers, prisoners, police and prison officials, clergy, government officials, and individual families. He worked in war-torn areas and economically disadvantaged countries, offering Nonviolent Communication training to promote reconciliation and peaceful resolution of differences.

Worldwide reactions have been inspiring. Evaluations indicate that this training vastly strengthens the ability to connect compassionately with oneself and others, as well as to resolve differences peacefully. Reports also indicate that the benefit of the training is not only stable over time, but actually increases.

Dr. Rosenberg had been able to teach individuals to give the training in their own community, work, educational, and political environments, and in their own languages, with the same positive effects.

Dr. Rosenberg passed peacefully at home, with his wife Valentina and all his children by his side on February 7th, 2015.



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