Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph. D., Founder and Mediator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
This world of ours is filled with violence – not only at the places of global conflict like Kashmir, Jugoslavia, Irland, Middle East and Africa, but also around us – in schools, in families, at work – with one word in all kinds of relationships and even inside of us. Someone who has devoted his life to study and deal with the fundamental roots and patterns of violence not only in theory, but in practical terms of mediation is Marshall B. Rosenberg. Meanwhile he is known and honored as a pioneer of practical mediation in reconciliation and peace-making not only in areas of conflict and wars, but also applying his method most efficiently in schools, hospitals, business offices, police departments, administrastions and all kinds of civic organizations throughout the world.
Dr. Rosenberg is founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international, non-profit organization.
Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg’s efforts to develop effective tools for conflict resolution and ways of disseminating much needed peacemaking skills. The Center for Nonviolent Communication emerged out of work he was doing with different civil organizations in the early 1960s. During this period he provided mediation and communication skills training to communities working to peacefully desegregate schools and other public institutions.
Since the inception of the Center, the response to Nonviolent Communication training has been extremely positive. It is seen as a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional, and political levels. Dr. Rosenberg provides Nonviolent Communication training in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Malaysia, India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and Canada, as well as in the United States. He works with such groups as educators, managers, mental health and health care providers, lawyers, military officers, prisoners, police and prison officials, clergy, government officials, and individual families. He is also active in war-torn areas and economically disadvantaged countries, offering Nonviolent Communication training to promote reconciliation and peaceful resolution of differences. Israel, Palestine, Ireland, Russia, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Serbia, and Croatia are examples of countries where Nonviolent Communication is being utilized by teams of peace activists.
Worldwide reactions have been inspiring. Evaluations indicate that this training vastly strengthens the ability to connect compassionately with oneself and others, as well as to resolve differences peacefully. Reports also indicate that the benefit of the training is not only stable over time, but actually increases.
Dr. Rosenberg has been able to teach individuals to give the training in their own community, work, educational, and political environments, and in their own languages, with the same positive effects.
“When we hear the other person’s feelings and needs, we recognize our common humanity.” (Marshall B. Rosenberg)
International peacemaker, mediator and educator, and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg spends more than 250 days each year teaching the NVC process in some of the most impoverished, war-torn states of the world. More than 180 certified trainers and hundreds of supporters teach NVC to over 250,000 people in more than 35 countries each year.
Visionary Leader Sees Hope for World Peace
Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, has taken up where Gandhi, King, and other past visionary leaders for peace left off. An internationally renowned visionary himself, Rosenberg 's credentials rank him as one of the foremost new leaders for world peace. His equally visionary communication process, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), is the cornerstone of what global leaders, educators, and beyond are identifying as the missing link to the solution we all seek. Viewed through NVC eyes, all anger and violence – both in the world at large and in our own personal lives – is a counter-productive attempt by people to meet their needs.
NVC in Action
At the beginning of Marshall 's presentation in a Palestinian refugee camp, an angry Palestinian father stood up and screamed, “You murderer!” Using his NVC skills, Marshall Rosenberg sensed that this man was venting his anger toward America at him personally. Instead of reacting defensively, Rosenberg connected with the man's deep feelings of frustration and his need to be heard. Almost instantly, the tension in the room was diffused and a productive conversation about difficult issues facing those in the camp continued, with both sides sharing and listening respectfully. At the end of the evening the same man who had yelled "Murderer" invited Marshall home to a Ramadan dinner. Focused on shared human needs and heartfelt connection with others, NVC promises to help guide us to a more peaceful world. (Read the entire "Murderer" story here.)
Developing a Visionary Philosophy
Growing up in a turbulent Detroit neighborhood, Marshall Rosenberg developed a keen interest in conflict resolution and how new forms of communication could provide peaceful alternatives to the violence he encountered. His interest led to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1961 from the University of Wisconsin. But he was dissatisfied with the focus on pathology he saw there, which did not help him understand the very compassionate people he had known growing up. His subsequent study of comparative religion, and his own varied life experience, convinced him that human beings are not inherently violent and motivated him to develop the visionary communication process he calls Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
NVC is a powerful process for inspiring compassionate connection and action that helps prevent and resolve conflicts at personal, professional, and political levels. NVC teaches us to fully and honestly express ourselves without any blame or criticism and to empathically connect with others, without hearing blame or criticism, even when others express themselves in anger or fear.
His Work as a Visionary Leader
Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg is Founder and Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He has provided training and initiated peace programs in a number of war-torn areas including Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, the Middle East, Colombia, Serbia, Croatia, and Northern Ireland. In the former Yugoslavia, a CNVC team has trained hundreds of teachers who have reached tens of thousands of students from kindergarten through high school. NVC has been officially recognized by the government of Israel and is offered in many schools in that country. Dr. Rosenberg's newest book is an excellent resource for teachers, educators, managers, politicians, and anyone who wants to connect with others more meaningfully.
World Peace is Within Our Reach
With visionary philosophies, a visionary communication process, and some very hard work, Marshall Rosenberg has kept the door open to the prospect of world peace. While he's a new leader for peace on the global stage, his time-tested formula for change is spreading as a grass-roots movement from person to person and region to region: “Creating a life-enriching quality of connection that allows all our needs to be met in ways that are satisfying for everyone involved.” Working together with Marshall Rosenberg and NVC, world peace is within our reach.