Jim Manske

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Year of Report: 
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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.: 
Public Radio Station, Family Support Organization, NVC Academy, Compassionate Leadership, Unity Church, co-housing community.
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 enjoyed the deepening of connection with long term training groups, such as the Compassionate Leadership community or the Radical Compassion six month trainings on NVC Academy. 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 insight of 2010: My self-acceptance is deeply enriched when I remember that I am mostly incompetent, mostly ignorant and mostly unconscious, and that will likely always be the case.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
This year was characterized by challenges outside the training room, as we sold our home in Albuquerque where we had been since 1989 and moved to a new adventure in Maui. Moving and culling was both liberating and exhausting. There were layers of celebration and mourning around leaving a community where we helped to establish a solid NVC presence and had many, many friends. Living in Maui is mostly wonderful. I'm looking forward to continuing to build on the foundation created by retiring trainer Christa Morf. It has been challenging supporting the NVC-HI community through a rough patch these past couple of years. Traveling to and from Maui takes time and energy! Most of my training related challenges are around learning to enjoy the planning meetings required to prepare, and otherwise working cooperatively with my training partner(s).
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
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.
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. I’m also intending to continue our social change projects in the medical field, the restorative justice arena, and through community building wherever we go. NVC remains the language, the skill set and the consciousness that anchors my work. 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 inform and enhance the Certification process. My long term vision is a world where leadership organically evolves to address needs because the well-being of its people and protecting Life are the primary focus.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
Working with both Compassionate Leadership and NVC Hawaiil.
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 Today, my lesson is in patience and responding to the reactivity of others. Every day is a new adventure!
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
Peaceworks, NVC Academy, Compassionate Leadership and the Pathways to Liberation work are all collaborations with other trainers. I enjoy how we all work together to create and inhabit the world I want to live in. I've been working with Christa Morf on the transition from her leadership to ours in the Islands. We've begun a new collaboration with John Kinyon, Ike Lasiter, Kay Rung and Liv Larson. But 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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A few words from Marisa!

Hi Jim, I see your request at the end of this report, and I'd love to share my reaction! First, I'm grateful for and celebrating the Pathways to Liberation matrix you and your partners have developed. What a useful and meaningful tool for our community! Second, I'm inspired by your commitment to continual growth and learning... This year I'm wanting to find new ways to look at learning- change my perspective from "this can be tiring" to "this is what it's all all about," and this report is supportive to me in that intention! Thanks for providing this report and happy April to you and Jori there in HI! Warmly, Marisa Sleeter

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