Jim Manske

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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.: 
NVC Communities in Houston-Albuquerque-Korea-Oahu-Japan, NVC Academy, Compassionate Leadership, Social Change Summit, Parents Groups, Schools, NVC Conference
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?: 
Note: The number above in Item C. is a complete hallucination. Since some of our work is on the web and over the airwaves, I have no way of knowing. I think I met at least a 400 new folks this year in person in Japan and Korea, and saw about 300 at the NVC Conference. I enjoyed the deepening of connection with long term training groups, such as the Compassionate Leadership community and NVC Hawaii’s Board. I like how we continue to refine our offerings to make them increasingly practice oriented with a minimum of "teaching". I'm enjoying the dance with my training partners. I'm touched recalling the depth of intimacy, connection and empathy I experienced in almost every training. I feel continual amazement at how the teams I am a part of live from a consciousness of interdependence and mutual care. I celebrate the continuing deepening of my own integration. And perhaps the most liberating insights of 2013: The universality of NVC even in Asian cultures where I have never worked before. And, finally, the importance of connecting to the Identity of Giraffe began to become integrated with the influence of Advaita Vedanta (specifically the Direct Path approach of Rupert Spira).
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
The most challenging aspects of training for me are meetings focused on planning. I am finding it increasingly difficult to enjoy meetings, although I usually experience the difficulty as “dread” in anticipation of a meeting and actually enjoy much of the connecting of the meeting. I love the challenge of working with people who have some sort of objection to any part of NVC and enjoy the opportunity to model connection rather than conviction.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
Foremost, by warmth and modeling! -By cultivating my own spiritual clarity and acting from that place with ever-increasing awareness and ability, putting connection ahead of correction. -By pointing to the universal language of observation, feeling, need and request. -By honoring the growth and development of every individual at their own pace and in their own style. -By working on myself to integrate the skills and consciousness of NVC. -By seeing with clarity that there is only one Giraffe.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
My dream is to continue to work creating trainings and opportunities for the next generation of NVC leaders and by planting seeds in Japan and nurturing community growth in Korea. NVC remains the language, the skill set and the consciousness that anchors my work as a mediator and facilitator. Reframing power dynamics through peeling layers of submission and domination remains the framework for my work in social change. I'm hopeful that the Matrix created by our Pathways to Liberation team will continue to inform and enhance the Certification process and be translated into more languages. My long term vision is a world where we question the belief that we are separate from one another, and live from an understanding that we are all connected.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
Working with Compassionate Leadership Team of four Certified Trainers including Jori Manske, Rodger Sorrow and Faye Landey), NVC Hawaii (as President of the Board) and the newly emerging community of NVC in Japan. Hawaii NVC now includes board members from all major Isalnds in Hawaii and meets monthly. We sponsored our first projects this year,(a Family Camp and NVC Awareness Day in celebration of Marshall's birthday. We also completed coming back into compliance with the (NM) Network for Nonviolent Communication, a tax-exempt 501 (C)(3) organization registered with the US Federal government. We hope that the Network can become an umbrella organization for all kinds of NVC projects!
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
People continue to express appreciation for the contribution of our work. If you want to hear or see more, see the testimonials on compassionateleadership.com I'm grateful for the feedback I receive, especially the critical. I'm deeply touched when someone trusts me enough to share their pain and honesty with me.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
Along with Jori, Jake Gotwals and Jack Lehman, I helped to create Pathways to Liberation, a comprehensive exploration of 28 edges likely to be encountered by an NVC practitioner. I see that I have a ways to go to integrate all of those skills. More info at pathwaystoliberation.net I periodically review the Matrix and design new practices to deepen my integration. I am currently working on Openness to Outcome and Request Consciousness.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
CNVC, NVC Hawaii, Peaceworks, NVC Academy, Compassionate Leadership, and the Korean leadership program are all collaborations with other trainers. I enjoy how we all work together to create and inhabit the world I want to live in. We completed the transition with Christa Morf from her leadership to ours in the Islands. The most meaningful experiences remain with my life partner, Jori, who is also a trainer, and my greatest Friend, Beloved and Teacher.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I'd be happy if one person who read this report wrote to me about how reading it affected them.

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