Understanding of group dynamics, polarization conflict in groups

Join me for this workshop on Spiral Dynamics starting July 27

Dear reader,

Last Wednesday, a group of us met together for the start of a new chapter in the Bangalore Practice Group: a study of Marshall Rosenberg’s book ‘Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life.’

This group has a mix of newcomers to NVC and practitioners who have been engaging with NVC for a while now.

Happy faces at the end of our first session, where we got to know each other, share our hopes and expectations from the group.

You can still join us—in our next meeting (Wednesday, 26 July), we will be starting our study with Chapter 1 of the book.

Read more/ sign up here.

💬 Quote of the fortnight

There is almost nothing a person can say or do that cannot be responded to either with empathy or some form of self-connected expression.

Ike Lasater

What are your thoughts on this? Reply to share with me!

▶️ Video of the fortnight

Marshall Rosenberg speaks about what empathy is, and what it isn’t; and explains the NVC principle “Connection before correction; Empathy before education.”

🗓️ Upcoming event alert: A framework to understand our groups and communities

How can we understand the increasing polarization in our world today?

Given that NVC helps us build skills and a consciousness that is connection-oriented, why do we continue to have conflicts that can be challenging to address and resolve?

What can we as leaders of teams and communities do to understand why different people respond differently to what’s happening in our environment?

Spiral Dynamics, which speaks about our evolution as individuals and collectives can help us understand this—and I am looking forward to this workshop later this month.

Join us if you—like me—have wondered how to make sense of the conflict and differences of opinion in our communities (NVC or otherwise), and the increased polarization in our world today.

🎨 Resource alert: NVC practitioner Bob Yamtich created a self-connection colouring book to introduce his soon to needs. The 13 handwritten pages introduce feelings, body sensations, needs and strategies. Download it to explore it with yourself or a child/young adult you know.

🎬 Reminder: When we make requests, we may not always get what we need; there’s a 50-50 chance. But when we don’t ask, our chances are close to zero. I was reminded about this by this short clip about the power of making requests, from the movie A Beautiful Mind. (Thanks, Samvidha for sharing!)