Nonviolent NZ Communities

Bringing Authentic and Compassionate Communication to Individuals, Communities and Organisations 

Based on the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg and the Centre of Nonviolent Communication and

Daniel Goleman and Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations

Emotional Intelligence

Based on Daniel Goleman and Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations

The workshops, seminars, classes and training programs, ran by Nonviolent NZ Communities, approach individuals and organizational behaviour from the perspective of human emotional and social potential.

The focus is on the dynamics and processes of personal development and for creating new knowledge for the individual, group, and organization through processes of learning, development and transformation.

Nonviolent Communication

Based on the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg and the Center of Nonviolent Communication  

Nonviolent communication (abbreviated NVC, also called compassionate communication or collaborative communication is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s.

NVC is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when they don't recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.

Understating the effectiveness of Nonviolent Communication styles and strategies leads to full potential of nonviolence that works through the lens of human needs, both in terms of powers and dialog as well as in terms of possibility for creating structures that aim to serve human needs.

NVC backs up the talk with a concrete, structured, yet flexible methodology that teaches us how to enact these ideals through a specific way of speaking and listening that builds connection and mutually satisfying relationships.

It focuses on three aspects of communication:

  • self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one's own inner experience),
  • empathy (understanding and sharing an emotion expressed by another), and
  • honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically).

The use of the word ‘Nonviolent’ might imply that there is some sort of violence going on in the way we behave or speak. In a very subtle way, it is: Continue reading...

The most appropriate strategies make themselves available when we know how to ask questions such as:

  • How to stay compassionate in the midst of a disagreement?
  • How to communicate effectively in a circumstance full of conflict?
  • How to respond peacefully when someone angrily "attacks" us?
  • If we want our children know how to manage and gracefully and wisely deal with violence and confrontation, what do we do as parents?

Applications of Nonviolent Communication

SEMINAR Introduction to NVC

NVC Training Programme


New Zealand - a place of nonviolence, where everyone's needs matter and people and the country are cared for.


Teach the language of Nonviolence that grows into a nonviolent behaviour by providing workshops and training programmes and train more trainers in Nonviolent Communication.


Collaborate with and enroll Schools, Police, DOC, Educational Institutions, Domestic Violence Groups and Organisations in our Nonviolent Communication Training programmes.

Maintain a Nonviolent Momentum.

We'd like to see NVC applied within activist organisations, between supporters and opponents, in communication with the public and within each person participating in a struggle.