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Fostering Nonviolent Communication in Lebanon (2020 - 2021)

Strengthening connection, collaboration and Nonviolent Communication in Lebanon

In 2019, forumZFD brought together some of the trailblazers of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in Lebanon. We organized trainings and workshops on NVC which helped participants to better understand their own feelings and needs and those of others. Participants further developed listening skills, increased their understanding of needs (what we really long for), strategies (the ways in which we try to meet those needs) and learned tools to connect more deeply to oneself and others. Due to the success of these initial trainings and workshops forumZFD decided to launch a new project focused entirely on NVC.

Woman walking in Saida in front of a painted wall
© forumZFD

In 2020 and 2021, forumZFD is offering more workshops for beginners and for advanced practitioners and trainers. Additionally, we will accompany groups and communities, who want to establish non-violent communication systems and/or structures to deal with conflicts and tensions in non-violent ways. forumZFD also intends to support the production and publication of NVC resources in Arabic to increase the accessibility to these materials.

© Catrin Fröhlich

 

What is Nonviolent Communication?

NVC assumes that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and empathy. All human behaviour supposedly stems from attempts to meet universal human needs, which are never in conflict. People will only resort to violence or behaviour harmful to others when strategies for meeting these needs clash.

In the case of tensions or conflict, NVC proposes to identify the needs of the conflicting parties by inquiring into thoughts and feelings. Once the needs are clear, the parties involved come up with potential strategies and finally choose one which best meets the needs of all involved.

NVC aims to support change on three inter-connected levels: within oneself, between others, and within groups and social systems. It is taught as a process of interpersonal communication designed to improve compassionate connection to others. 

Apart from being applied in conflict transformation, reconciliation, and violence prevention, NVC has also been used in schools, companies, psychotherapy, communities, NGOs, public institutions, and other settings to:

  • Increase compassion and understanding for oneself and others,
  • Heal wounds of past violence and create safe spaces to share experiences,
  • Create connections, a community and a sense of interconnectedness,
  • Become more confident and skilful to address conflicts and a positive attitude towards conflict (including seeing benefits of conflicts),
  • Understand feelings, needs and reasons for tensions and conflicts, as well as uniting needs underneath diverging or counterproductive strategies,
  • Become aware of choices and gain a sense of self-efficacy and responsibility;
  • Liberate and empower oneself and free oneself from judgements and social pressure.  

Are you looking for support to improve the communication or conflict-transformation skills in your community? Are you a trainer or practitioner and looking for support to improve your own skills or share your knowledge with others? Are you interested in practicing or learning more together with like-minded people? Would you like to contribute to spread NVC in Lebanon? Or are you just interested to know more? We are delighted to hear from you. Just send us an email to froehlich@forumZFD.de

To find out more check out this link or the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and the facebook-page for NVC in the Arab World.

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