Phases of the Moon, the newsletter of the Maine NVC Network
Volume Eight, Issue Four:
Marshall Rosenberg's Compelling Vision of Social Change

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This month we return to the theme of NVC and Social Change. I am inspired by a posting by Rachelle Lamb, used with permission.


Marshall Rosenberg's Compelling Vision of Social Change
by Rachelle Lamb

Our survival as a species depends on our ability to recognize that our well-being and the well-being of others are in fact one and the same. – Marshall Rosenberg

In his book The Heart of Social Change (which is a transcript of a workshop given in San Diego in 2000), Marshall Rosenberg says two things I wish to explore (bold is mine):

  1. Life-Enriching is the key concept in my paradigm: every action comes out of an image of seeing how human needs would be met by the action. That’s the vision that mobilizes everything. A life-enriching organization is one in which all work in the organization, everything that every worker does, comes out of seeing how it’s going to support life in the form of meeting needs—needs of the physical planet, trees, lakes, or human beings or animals—and it’s clear how life will be served through meeting of needs. And that’s the vision that inspires the actions, purely.
  2. It is hard to separate meeting human needs from the needs of the environment: They are one and the same. Meeting the needs of all the phenomena on the planet. Seeing the oneness of it all. Seeing the beauty in that whole scheme, that whole interdependent scheme of life. Life-enriching structures—the kind of structures that I would like to see us creating and participating in—are structures whose vision is to serve life.

While 2017 is still young, I imagine asking Marshall: How are we doing Marshall? Do you think we’re getting closer to what you had in mind? Read on,


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June 2 & 3, 2017, Brunswick, ME
Communication Where Everyone Matters
with Peggy Smith, CNVC-certified trainer
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April 28-30, S. Portland, ME
Dynamic Facilitation & Heart-Centered Listening

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May 5-8, Bar Harbor, ME
Living the Self in Life

with Robert Gonzales
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by David Wagoner

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.


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