Marshall Rosenberg is Founder and Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He developed an interest in compassionate responses to tragic situations while growing up as a Jewish person in racially turbulent Detroit during and after World War II. Pursuing this, he obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. He first used NVC in federally funded projects to teach mediation and communication skills during desegregation and civil rights efforts in the 1960’s.

Dr. Rosenberg founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 1984. It is now an international nonprofit organization. More than 100 trainers teach NVC in 30 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. They offer workshops for educators, counselors, parents, health care providers, mediators, business managers, prison inmates and guards, police, military personnel, clergy, and government officials. Marshall continues to initiate peace trainings in war torn areas throughout the globe, and draws on these experiences when he teaches NVC here in the United States.


“Tragically, one of the rarest commodities in our culture is empathy. People are hungry for empathy. They don’t know how to ask for it… What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg

“While helping us meet our needs without coercion, NVC also helps us resist giving in to our children’s every wish by teaching us to clearly express our feelings, needs, and requests and to expect our needs to be considered.” – Inbal Kashtan, “Mothering” Magazine, Jan/Feb 2002

“The single toughest, most dangerous opponent I’ve ever faced – the one that truly hurt me the most, causing me to spend 30 years of my life behind bars – was my own anger and fear. I write these words now, a gray-haired old man, hoping to God – before you suffer what I’ve suffered – that … you … (will) ... listen and learn Nonviolent Communication. Nonviolent Communication will teach you how to recognize anger before it becomes violence, and how to understand, deal with, and take control of the rage you may feel.”
– A prisoner writing to fellow inmates

“As a teacher, the process of Nonviolent Communication enables me to connect more deeply; children love and respond to that deep recognition. Parents remark that they feel heard. Solutions come more easily and naturally. Conflicts and misunderstandings with colleagues now become opportunities to create deeper connections. Anger, depression, shame and guilt become friends that help me wake to some vital need that is not being met.”
– A teacher in Oregon

NVC is an awareness disciplline masquerading as a communication process.
—Kit Miller

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