Jim Manske

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2012
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
60
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Internet, NVC Academy, Compassionate Leadership, CNVC/Korean Center for NVC, co-housing community, Organic farm, community mediation organization
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
1000
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. 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. Working at the Korean IIT came as an unexpected surprise. I deeply enjoyed working with Katherine, Gina, Chris, Marianne, Jori and the staff of KCNVC. I was pleased to be a witness and participant in the final assessment of 3 new CTs.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I’d characterize my edge as openness to outcome. I’m surprised at how often I get triggered when things don’t go as I expect, mostly with sharing the “training space” with my partner. One example: I’ve begun teaching a segment on a particular skill of NVC. I’m moving along my path when I hear my partner unexpectedly respond to something I’m saying, adding her 2 cents. I get temporarily flummoxed, a bit frozen. I’m frustrated that we have yet to craft a strategy that seems to work for both of us. This is a relatively rare experience, yet the fodder for much growth.
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 working to rebuild the local NVC org in Hawaii, celebrating the successful re-start of a 501c3 federally tax exempt organization. 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 Hawaii.
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, and Compassionate Leadership are all collaborations with other trainers. We also worked with the training team at the IIT in Korea. We had several trainers participate in our offerings. I enjoy how we all work together to create and inhabit the world I want to live in. 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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