What is NVC

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is founded on language and communication skills that strengthen our ability to remain human, even under trying conditions. The intent is to remind us about how we humans were meant to relate to one another – and to assist us in living in a way that concretely manifests this knowledge.

Communication Matters trainings are based on the principles of NVC and provides specific tools to empower ourselves and others to live more in line with our values and deeper needs. When we do that, we become more effective in relating to ourselves, family members, people we work and live with and alongside. This is a dialogue process aimed at a particular form of consensus: solutions to meet both parties’ needs. Recognizing that human needs are never in conflict with each other; only strategies can be in conflict, we ensure that both parties hear and connect fully with each other’s needs. Than we support parties to look together for strategies that would meet as many of those needs as possible for all people involved in the conflict.

By using language that reflects the consciousness of needs and requests rather than that of blame, judgment or domination, we learn to engage in dialogue that creates trust and connection, and to create mutual understanding where we can meet more people’s needs more peacefully and more fully.

It is a powerful method for repairing and building trust, for resolving conflicts, for reconciliation and has many applications, ranging from family relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, to governments, schools, to business as well as social change organizations (NGOs).