First on a personal note, I had the honor of being trained by Marshall in the intimacy of the masters in peace studies at the European Peace University with only 40 other colleagues. The thing I remember most about Marshall is his presence. The minute he walked into the room, he was THERE and the whole energy shifted. And he maintained that presence for the whole time he was with us. Over a few days he took us through the basic principles of nonviolent communication and did plenty of direct applications of it with our own examples. Those few days are probably what had the greatest impact in gluing the group together, the result of which being that we are still tight-knit 10 years later. Many in our cohort have gone on to take additional training in NVC, to join NVC groups and/or to use NVC principles in our peacebuilding trainings and peace work. To say that Marshall Rosenberg’s teaching of nonviolent communication has had ripple effects around the world would be an understatement.
To help you get an idea of the various applications of nonviolent communication, here are some articles that we’ve previously published: