Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Using a language of needs to take responsibility for a dialogue.
Pierre-Louis Anceau, Iconfinder, edited by Samuel Whitcomb

NVC, helps us to connect not just with our emotions and needs but those of others as well by actively listening to them. By doing so, we will no longer use the language of blame, judgment, or domination but rather develop a quality of connection that makes it possible to contribute to each other's lives with a basis on needs. It helps us to tap into our common humanity, honor everyone’s needs and let go of our previously devised strategy or expectation of a particular outcome in the dialogue.

The intentions and skills of NVC are applicable in three contexts:

- For ourselves, as individuals - the way I take care of myself determines the freedom of choice I have in contact with others,

- conversational skills - the way we communicate has a major impact on the quality of our (work) relationships, and

- organize our systems (such as families or organizations) differently - living and working together requires more than skills from a single individual.

 AI-Opener has different trainings (mostly provided in Dutch) that teach NVC and how to practice it every day.

- Non-violent Communication can be the key to creating a pedagogical climate in which there is room for both, the student and the teacher.

- Helps to focus our attention on what we find important and from there, in alignment, shapes our actions.

- Students will experience that they are seen and heard and therefore start working based on intrinsic motivation.

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