Nonviolent Communication (NVC), was developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg (1934 – 2015) based on historical principles of nonviolence to help us be compassionate in our interactions with ourselves, others and the world. NVC offers concrete tools to help people navigate difficult conversations, reduce conflict and stress, build mutual trust and find collaborative ways of working with each other.
Today, NVC is applied in various settings including interpersonal relationships, businesses, schools, and international conflicts around the world. In the social change/development? sector, NVC is increasingly recognized as a promising way to prevent violence and create peaceful communities.
NVC in Action
An NVC Training for former Maoist combatants, conflict victims, and government officials engaging in a restorative dialogue, following the aftermath of the 10-years armed conflict in Nepal. It shows what can happen when people are able to connect with one another across divides, beyond fear, stereotypes, and enemy images.
The Nonviolent Communication training including the restorative dialogue, was organized by ZFD peacebuilding advisor Jeannine Suurmond, together with partner organization Pro Public. The goal was to offer those involved with the transitional justice process in Nepal an opportunity to experience a restorative dialogue first hand. The documentary was produced in order to support the various parties to the formal Truth and Reconciliation process in Nepal and to raise awareness about Nonviolent Communication and restorative dialogue as tools for healing, reconciliation, and justice.