Video about Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg (October 6, 1934-February 7, 2015) was an American psychologist, mediator, author and teacher. Starting in the early 1960s he developed Nonviolent Communication (aka NVC), a process for supporting partnership and resolving conflict within people, in relationships, and in society. Born in Canton, Ohio, Rosenberg was raised in Detroit and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan. He passed away at age 80, peacefully and surrounded by family at his home in Albuquerque, after a courageous battle with cancer.

This video features beloved teacher Marshall Rosenberg sharing about his NVC work in the world, through several questions posed by an interviewer.

Inspirational Resources

The Power of Words video
Since NVC is all about creating a certain ‘quality of connection’ between people, sharing heartfelt words of gratitude and appreciation  can really contribute to that! Being seen for who we are matters!  Watch this video to see how teachers’ letters of gratitude touch the hearts of their students.

I’ve always loved this quote attributed to Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” And then I found out what Gandhi actually said! What he actually said was pointing to something deeper and even more inspirational.  Get the full story here.

“Compassion is the opening, welcoming, nonjudgmental spaciousness awareness of the heart. When we discover and open ourselves to this quality of being, we live compassion.”   ~Robert Gonzales

“Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Your presence is the most precious gift you can give to another human being. With empathy, you’re fully with them, and not full of them… that’s sympathy.”   ~ Marshall Rosenberg, Founder of NVC

Websites about Compassionate Communication
The first Nonviolent Communication international site offering translation in French, German, Spanish; Index of Resources, including NVC Store, World Resources, Trainings.
The Nonviolent Communication Academy; listing of live and online NVC training options.
Information on “connecting hearts and minds;” research; stress reduction strategies.
Website for one of the US’ most established Nonviolent Communication communities; lists a multitude of trainings, articles, and resources.
Nonviolent Communication based learning game called GROK.
The Center for Living Compassion website.
Greater Good: The science of of meaningful life. The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy is the home of the global empathy movement.
Thom Bond, Certified NVC Trainer, offers an amazing online 52 week course(now in book form also)!
Miki Kashtan’s work in the world: “Inspiration and tools for creating the future we want. Courage to live it now.”

Bibliography for Compassionate Leaderly Communication reading

General NVC & Leadership:

  • Being Genuine: Stop Being Nice, Start Being Real by Thomas D’Ansembourg; Puddle Dancer Press
  • Compassionate Instinct—The Science of Human Goodness edited by Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh and Jeremy Adam Smith
  • Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging & the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live. Love. Parent. And Lead by Brene’ Brown; Gotham Books; 2012
  • Cracking The Communication Code: Nonviolent Communication by 42 Key Differentiations by Liv Larsson & Katarina Hoffman
  • Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays In Resolving Conflicts by Donna Hicks; Yale University Press, New Haven and London
  • Mediate Your Life Series: From Conflict to Connection—Transforming Difficult Conversations into Peaceful Resolutions by John Kinyon and Ike Lasater
  • Nonviolent Communication—The Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Nonviolent Communication Workbook (companion to above text) by Lucy Leu
  • Out of Weakness—Healing the Wounds That Drive Us To War by Andrew Schmookler
  • Peaceful Living (a daily NVC reader) by Mary Mackenzie
  • Speak Peace in a World of Conflict—What You Say Next Will Change Your World by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • The Conflict Pivot: Turning Conflict into Peace of Mind by Tammy Lenski; Myriaccord Press
  • The Little Book of Courageous Living by Miki Kashtan
  • The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence by Catherine Ann Cadden and Jesse Wiens
  • The Powers That Be—Theology for A New Millenium by Walter Wink
  • Connecting Across Differences: Finding Common Ground With Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime by Jane Marantz Connor & Dian Killian 2nd Edition; Puddle Dancer Press
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene’ Brown; Gotham Books
  • Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict by Judy Ringer
  • Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication by Meenadchi
  • Pathways to Liberation: A Self-Assessment Matrix and Journal by Jacob Gotwals, Jack Lehman, John Manske, and Jori Manske
  • Reflections on Living Compassion: Awakening our Passion and Living in Compassion by Robert Gonzales
  • The Compassion Book: Lessons from The Compassion Course by Thom Bond


  • Bullying From Both Sides: Strategic Interventions for Working With Bullies & Victims by Walter B Roberts, Jr.
  • Life-Enriching Education—Nonviolent Communication Helps Schools Improve Performance, Reduce conflict, and Enhance relationships by Marshall B Rosenberg
  • Peaceable Revolution Through Education by Catherine Cadden
  • Roots of Empathy: Changing The World Child By Child by Mary Gordon


  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
  • Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the Nonviolent Communication Way by Marshall Rosenberg
  • Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle-Hodson


  • Boundaries: When To Say Yes—How To Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
  • Conscious Loving—The Journey to Co-Commitment by Gay Hendricks, PhD. & Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD
  • Loving What Is—Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Enhance relationships by Marshall B Rosenberg
  • Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives by Miki Kashtan
  • Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations & Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing by Sarah Peyton

Workplace & Community

  • The Empathy Factor: Your Creative Advantage For Personal, Team and Business Success by Marie Miyashiro
  • Words That Work in Business: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication In The Workplace by Ike Lasater
  • Tatoos on the Heart—The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries