Jeff Brown

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General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Nebraska Division of Developmental Disabilities (Lincoln, NE), Tark, Inc. (Dayton, OH), Amethyst (Columbus, OH) Germantown Cohousing (Nashville, TN), Bornblum Solomon Schechter School (Memphis, TN), Jewish Community Center (Memphis, TN), NVC Nashville (Nashville, TN)
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I was leading a training in Germany (organized by Nicole Lütz) and I was coaching a participant who was doing an NVC Dance Floor process: (she was speaking German, so it was being translated for me) She revealed that she was deeply discouraged about living, and showed me her arms, which she had been cutting as a way to try and relieve her despair and suffering. I was touched by her vulnerability, and while my translator and some of the other participants were startled by her revelation, I maintained total presence with her and was unshaken, and actually energized, by her vulnerability
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I was leading training for an organization in which the employees did not participate in the decision to have me there, and furthermore, some of them were there reluctantly and -- in my view -- were not connected to their need for choice and came because they thought "they had to." (i.e a mandatory training) I had two days with them and after encountering this dynamic in the first day, I went back to my hotel room and remembered something that Marshall had shared that he had done when working with a group of employees, so I designed this powerpoint presentation and shared it the following morning: They loved it and it created connection between us, and they trusted that I had a better understanding of what was happening inside of them.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
Every word that I speak, and every action that I take, is infused with spiritual energy. It's the main reason I am passionate about sharing NVC. I share the following principles as the spirituality of NVC: * Carl Rogers' "Self-actualizing tendency" -- everything that we do is an expression of our being's continual reaching toward wholeness and the manifestation of our life purpose. * Needs are the present manifestation of divine energy within us (Marshall's statement) * NVC is based upon abundance consciousness, meaning that there are plentiful resources on this planet to take care of everyone if they were shared in a certain way. Abundance is hard-wired into the very essence of NVC, without which NVC would have little meaning and little power. For example: Needs -- For any need, there are abundant and many, many strategies for supporting that need. Another example: Gratitude -- when shared, the energy is multiplied. * The healing power of empathy: In the presence of empathy, new energy comes through the universe and nourishes our souls.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
Contribute to a radical spiritual transformation and to the rising consciousness of humanity such that operating in partnership becomes the norm, and domination/competition is phased out.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I have been the Executive Director of the Ohio-based Center for Compassionate Communication for five years, and in 2013 I continued my efforts at building a community and organizational infrastructure that enables us to bring NVC to wider audiences and make a systemic impact. Also, I attempted to become involved in CNVC the organization, however I remain very perplexed about how, exactly, to participate in this organization (other than being a Certified Trainer -- that relationship is clear to me).
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
I'm already perfect so feedback is irrelevant for me.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
Learning what to say "yes" to and what to say "no" to so that I can focus my energies on projects that have a strategic impact. In past years, it was enough for me to lead a workshop for the sake of having a workshop, but more and more, I want my efforts to be part of a larger strategic vision for social change in the world. My growing edge is allowing myself to let go of opportunities even if they sound like fun, if they do not contribute to my larger vision.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
In November 2013, I co-facilitated the F.U.N. Conference with Mary Mackenzie in Nashville, TN. This was the first time that I worked with Mary in person as co-trainers and I was delighted with our synergy and how we complemented each other (F.U.N. stands for "Forming, Uniting and Nurturing NVC Communities and it was designed for people working with NVC groups and organizations). Locally in Columbus, Ohio, I continued a several year partnership with Susanna Warren, who became a Certified Trainer in early 2013. Susanna and I collaborated on multiple projects, classes and organizational trainings such as one with the staff of Amethyst, a social service agency that serves women with alcohol and drug dependency issues. In May 2013, I co-lead a 7-day retreat with Miki Kashtan and François Beausoleil, "Thriving as an NVC Trainer." It was the first time I worked with Miki as a peer in this way, and at least the 10th time I worked with François. Finally, in October 2013, I was a guest trainer at a week-long retreat for the BayNVC Leadership Program in California, co-led by François and Roxy Manning. This was the first time I worked with Roxy as well.

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