The Dance of Communication

The Dance of Communication

Selene Aitken

Selene Aitken demonstrates how to focus a group on what Really Matters ("Needs".) She leads an exercise that raises awareness of the effects of judgment, blame and labeling. These tools, principles and relationship skills facitate interactions in all types of cultures and circumstances.

Nonviolent Communication

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Nonviolent Communication

Also known as Compassionate Communication, NVC, creates a climate of collaboration in which participants, hold each other's needs with care.

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Restoring Kinship

This special program integrates NVC and current research and protocols for bringing parents and their adult sons and daughters into greater harmony.

 NVC Training workshop, Kabul, August 2007

NVC Training workshop, Kabul, August 2007

Mediation

What NVC brings to mediation is a focus on the "Needs," ie deep values of all parties. My requirement before we start is clarity that our goal is reconciliation. 

 

Selene Aitken


 
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In the early 90's, I came to Nonviolent Communication with a background in teaching, mediation, foreign languages, and peace and justice activism.

NVC changed my life. I have gained a sustaining confidence that I can bridge differences and conflicts with compassion. My relationship with myself is now more often characterized by joy, peace and acceptance than by self-criticism.

Most important to me is that NVC continuously gives me hope that the caring world I want to live in is possible.

 My NVC work in places like Kabul, El Salvador, Syria and Buenos Aires as well as the US has confirmed for me the universal application of NVC principles and practices.

I see myself as a resource to explore issues of reactivity, awareness and communication. Whether I’m teaching a workshop, consulting with a professional group, mediating a conflict in a non-profit organization or coaching a couple in private sessions, I enjoy the process of untangling misunderstandings to transform them into collaborative and satisfying relationships.