Conflict is inevitable. It occurs when we have seemingly conflicting needs or values. In our natural state we view ourselves and others with compassion and take joy in nurturing our shared values and needs. Unfortunately, we are culturally taught to use the language of blame, fear, judgment and domination. This is reflected in many ways: domestic violence, homicide, suicide, war, genocide, road rage, depression, substance abuse, high rates of divorce and family dysfunction, low self-esteem, oppression, a political system that most citizens believe does not reflect their values and concerns, to name a few.
We believe that if enough people learn to meet their needs nonviolently then the world will be transformed. Nonviolent Communication is currently taught in 66 countries (www.cnvc.org). On a personal level, we have both found NVC transformative, and as we have changed, those around us have also often changed.
It is essential that organizations change to reflect the needs and values of the people that they serve. We believe in "power with," the state of collaboration and synergy. The wisdom already exists for managing our most vexing issues. All we need to do is empower public wisdom.
Please join us in working toward a more peaceful and just world!
We need a more peaceful world, growing out of more peaceful families and neighborhoods and communities. To secure and cultivate such peace, we must love others, even our enemies as wall as our freinds.
-- Howard W. Hunter