Non Violent Communication

February 8, 2012

Nonviolent Communication/NVC (sometimes also known as compassionate communication) is a huge and deep topic. I have been talking to people about it in an attempt to feel less overwhelmed by current world crisis situations, including the tensions between Iran and Israel.

Miki Kashtan’s Fearless Heart blog is on my reading list and I have been particularly moved by some of her thoughts about the occupy movements. What she says seems to apply in a very global sense. An important theme that emerges is that when we define people as “us” and “them” (or any two categories) it is a form of violence. To focus on individual needs is much more complicated, but it could be the transformational strategy the world needs.

And as I think about it, it seems that social media may well be a communication form that allows more of this to happen, and I do feel optimism when I put those thoughts together. 1. We need to hear individual voices in order to find an answer to world problem. 2. New technologies are allowing us to do so more than ever before.

Miki says (in an email) “when people don’t have direct access to power and resources, it would take many more of them to create change through nonviolent resistance or dialogue — much more difficult to make happen, and more sustainable when done well.” Social media, in my opinion, is on its way to taking us to that sustainable place.