We are dedicated to spreading Nonviolent CommunicationSM (NVC) in Vermont.

Nonviolent Communication, or NVC, is being used to mediate conflicts and create peaceful communities in many parts of the world. NVC shapes our communication with ourselves and others during conflict to build empathy and connection. Once this empathy is experienced, a win / win resolution becomes easily possible and everyone's needs may be identified and considered. Nonviolent Communication is a process of both becoming conscious of our language, and on a deeper level, shifting how we process the actions and motivations of ourselves and those we are in conflict with. Based upon Gandhi's vision of nonviolence as a tool of strength, we can use the tools of NVC to work for the change we want to see in the world, while also coming from a place of compassion in our hearts. NVC is also referred to as Compassionate Communication and speaking in giraffe.

Who is Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.? What is CNVC?

Marshall RosenbergNVC was created by Marshall Rosenberg who is Founder and Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He developed an interest in compassionate responses to tragic situations while growing up as a Jewish person in racially turbulent Detroit during and after World War II.

Since childhood, Marshall Rosenberg has sought the answers to two questions:

Out of the answers he found, he developed Nonviolent Communication, an alternative to the way most of us have been taught to think and speak.

Pursuing this, he obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. He first used NVC in federally funded projects to teach mediation and communication skills during desegregation and civil rights efforts in the 1960’s.