We Can Work It Out

Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Powerfully.

By Marshall B. Rosenberg

This is a transcript from a MBR Workshop. 32 pages.

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A series of booklets that explain how to integrate the strategies of Nonviolent Communication into specific relationships and settings.
In over 40 years of mediating conflicts—between parents and children, husbands and wives, management and workers, police and communities, and warring groups around the world—Marshall Rosenberg has learned it is possible to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to everyone’s satisfaction. It’s not compromise—it’s a caring and respectful quality of connection between the parties in conflict that meets everyone’s needs.Get to the Heart of the Matter—Most of us lack the vocabulary to express what we’re feeling or needing, but we are well trained at pointing fingers at others as the “cause” of our pain. When people trust that their feelings and needs are valued – and heard – it immediately helps reduce tension and hostility, opening the door for peaceful resolution. Applying Dr. Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process inspires genuine cooperation by focusing on the unmet needs behind the conflict. Whether you’re a professional mediator or wishing to resolve a conflict with your spouse, child or colleague, NVC offers practical, usable technique to get to the heart of the issue.


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“Nonviolent Communication is a simple yet powerful methodology for communicating in a way that meets both parties’ needs. This is one of the most useful books you will ever read.”
—William Ury, coauthor, Getting to Yes; author, The Third Side

Online Reviews:

“Nonviolent Communication is a method of using right speech and conduct with one another. I use this as a model of treatment for clients with serious mental illness. There are a lot of areas they struggle in asking for their needs with (as do we all). This book teaches people a model and practice to listen to others with genuineness, and both express your needs and assist to meet theirs. Meet them half way.”
—Online reviewer

“Excellent book for anyone who wants to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner and at the same time enduring that your needs are met along with all other parties involved in the conflict. Easy to read and easy to follow.”
—Online reviewer

“A concise distillation of Nonviolent Communication with real life examples offering diverse scenarios. Gets to the heart of our dysfunction in hearing and expressing needs without attaching judgment, criticism, or intellectual analysis. I’m excited to share it with business friends currently in conflict, and to personally review, review, review!”
—Online reviewer

“Very useful! Getting in touch with feelings and needs and learning to express them without blaming or judging others.”
—Online reviewer

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There is a wealth of information on Nonviolent Communication – in articles and videos. Of course we endorse all of Marshall’s sharing’s, however, there are many transcripts and videos created by others. Due to limited resources we do not verify the full accuracy of any particular video or articles created by others, even though there is plenty of wonderful and educational information on the web.

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