Jim Manske

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2009
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
79
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Compassionate Leadership, Mercy Hospital, Houston NVC, The Commons Co-Housing, Living NVC Hawaii, NMNVC, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Centre, GANVC, SBNVC, Yoga Now, NVCAcademy, St Michael's Episcopal Church, Unity, Rapid City Unity, KSFR
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
5000
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
It was fun for me to go back through the calendar and reconnect with so many wonderful experiences. I enjoyed extending my sense of community and connection to so many diverse places. I especially enjoy "new" students/participants. I love their openness and their doubt! I like watching people flower through our long-term Compassionate Leadership Training Program. I also enjoy hanging out with "mature" giraffes who seem more anchored in living the process in real time.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
One of the most challenging experiences was dealing with a conflict within our training team at one of our long term retreats. That was a challenge to my equanimity and my values around equivalence. I did not manage my time and balance my own needs on a few occasions, leading to stress and exhaustion. The last 2 months of 09 were spent in Hawaii living with Christa Morf. I consider her my mentor and my friend and my sister! I love living in the vibe she creates as she lives the process!
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
By modeling empathy, honesty, self-connection, mutuality and gratitude. I also focus on experiential learning, inviting folks to have their own experience. Self-connection exercises and Practices are an integral component of all that I offer. By focusing on Community, Vision and Mission in our Compassionate Leadership program, it seems to instill a natural spirituality of interdependence.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
We continue our work through Compassionate Leadership to help train the next generation of NVC leaders. We also continue our social change project at Mercy Hospital. We also continue to innovate through offering NVC training via the web and telephone. We also keep fostering supportive community and facilitate new and existing groups in finding strategies to cultivate sustainability. Specifically: CNVC's mission is to contribute to making that vision a reality by: * living and teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC) (This is my full time, life's work. It takes many forms including training, facilitating, coaching, mentoring, writing and public speaking...) * engaging in social change efforts (Through creating a Compassionate Leadership Community, supporting Mercy Hospital, and local NVC organizations in many places) * providing mediation, consulting and other services (Yep!) * creating, helping others create and make available materials that support all of the above (We make many of our handouts, practices, recordings, etc freely available on our website.) * creating and enabling communities, connection and collaboration among those who share our vision (Especially in Hawaii, NM, Southern California, Texas, Georgia, Edmonton, ON) * supporting and enabling other individuals and organizations to do all of the above. (We continue to offer support and dialog through the CT Yahoo group and through CNVC's website.) So, for me, all of what I do seems in harmony with my understanding of CNVC's Vision, mission and aims.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
We continued to support groups we helped previously in Texas, Georgia, New Mexico, Hawaii and Southern California. We seeded new practice groups in Edmonton and South Dakota. I feel blessed to have such a big and broad community in so many places! In 2009, we spent approximately half our time away from "home base" in Albuquerque!
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
Participant feedback continues to support me in speaking less and offering more opportunities for them to play, work, and contribute.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
In 09 my edge was mostly around finding a balance in contribution and self care. I continue to notice my deeply ingrained habit of avoiding conflict.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
It continues to enrich my life that we work so peacefully within our Compassionate Leadership community. Although we have our share of conflicts, I like how we work through them! I've already mentioned my special mentoring relationship with Christa Morf. In 09, we began an extensive project with all the NM trainers (Jack Lehman, Jake Gotwals, Jori, and me) writing a book centered on developing the skills and consciousness of NVC. I also instituted a monthly connection meeting involving almost all of the trainers in Four Corners region of the Southwestern US. I enjoyed collaborating with other trainers, as before, at the Santa Barbara NVC Conference!
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I long to hear from anyone who gained any value from reading this report. I'd also enjoy hearing if there was anything in this report that stimulated any feelings and needs you would like to share. I long for more connection within the network! Now that we have settled in Hawaii, I'd love to have you come and visit! Aloha!
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