Want To Step Out Of A Power Struggle?

While teaching in Bali, I got into a massive power struggle with a 12th grade student (let’s call him James).He went surfing before school and a sense of entitlement learned – in part – from his well-known and powerful father. At a school serving students...

Does Nonviolence Even Work?

Over the last week I found myself increasingly mindful about where I put my attention, time and money.I’ve been more intentional than ever about what media I consume and about where I spend my money. I firmly believe that we “vote” for the world we want...

Manipulation, or Just Miscommunication?

Recently, a workshop participant told me they didn’t like the practice of nonviolent communication; the formula felt manipulative and patronizing to them.Have you ever felt that way?Yup. I know I have.This is one of the most common pitfalls in the practice of NVC:...

Seemingly Disempowered: Active Hope

As a child, my father often criticized me for being too idealistic.He said my expectations were too high, that I would live a lifetime of disappointment and should learn to be more realistic and lower my expectations.I couldn’t do it.I have an abiding vision of...
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