Marshall Rosenberg developed Non-Violent Communications during the 1970’s and his book A Model for Non-Violent Communications was published in 1983. NVC was taught widely and NVC thought and practice flowered during the 1990’s and to this day.
NVC focuses on effective strategies for meeting fundamental needs for all parties in a conversation. Notable concepts include rejecting coercive forms of discourse, gathering facts through observing without evaluating. Some key points of NVC are:
- All beings share the same needs.
- Our world offers sufficient resources to meet every beings basic needs.
- All actions are attempts to meet needs.
- All human beings have the capacity for compassion, enjoy giving and meet needs though interdependent relationships.
- Human Beings can change.
- The most direct path to peace is connection.
I would like to suggest that perhaps the NVC approach could be an assist in extracting humans from the dire environmental disaster we currently find ourselves in. If we treat nature as a “being” when we are making decisions about how to proceed on any project that will fill our need and that will affect “nature” we keep the 10 key points of NVC in mind.
I know personally, I am much happier (works for me) when I know everyone—including me—are happy and cared for.
“Violence is the behaviour of someone incapable of imaging solutions to the problem at hand” – Vicenc Fisa