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Jim Manske

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2014
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
87
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
NVC Communities in Australia-Korea-Oahu-Japan, NVC Academy, Parents Groups, Schools, NVC Conference, Hospital
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
1800
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
The number in C. above 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 200 new folks this year in person in Japan and Korea. I enjoyed the deepening of connection with our Japanese community and NVC Hawaii’s Board. I also enjoy the new partnerships we have created with two generous funders who have contributed to the NVC NextGen project focused on bringing NVC to school children. I like how we continue to refine our offerings to make them increasingly practice oriented with less and less "teaching". I'm enjoying the dance with my training partners, especially Jori. I'm touched recalling the depth of intimacy, connection and empathy I experienced in almost every training. I feel continual amazement at how most of 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 2014: More and more I live with two of Marshall’s key insights: There is no such thing as a “jackal”-only a Giraffe with a language problem; and Independence is an illusion.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I experienced technical challenges this year related to our remote location in Maui (e.g. loss of telephone just before a teleconference). I also found it challenging sometimes to navigate translation issues with our Korean and Japanese friends. Each incident offered an opportunity to practice living compassionately, empathically and authentically.
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. I also put the following on all of my email messages as a subtle effort to shift our culture: Please join me in a commitment to live from the consciousness that we are one. Please, let every word that you speak or type be empathically cleansed of any thought or feeling of separateness before you open your mouth or press “send”. (This in no way implies there is a correct form!) Please, let every word you hear be filtered by empathy so all you hear is “Please” and “Thank you”. Please, let every communication express our common aim of living nonviolence and compassion. May we remember our vision and mission each and every moment, and measure our own actions (and inactions) in relation to those commitments. Additionally, I continue with my online newspaper: http://www.scoop.it/t/radical-compassion News that feeds your aspirations and inspirations
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
Working with Network for Nonviolent Communication (as Board President), NVC Hawaii (as President of the Board) and the newly emerging community of NVC in Japan. We have also begun an outreach in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Hawaii NVC now includes board members from all major Islands in Hawaii and meets monthly. We continue to develop projects focused on families, outreach, practice groups, a revitalized website and celebrating Marshall and his gifts to the world. We have utilized the Network for NVC, (a 501c3 organization) to contribute to research and bringing NVC into the schools. We like how the organization has 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 Observing and deepening my understanding of requests as a contribution to Life..
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, Japan NVC, 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. 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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grateful and inspired

Hi Jim, I was browsing the cnvc website, looking my giraffe feet as a "trainer", and I stumbled upon the yearly report link. Having never been there before, I clicked it and saw a long list of names. My eyes caught yours because I've always received so much from your and Jori's trainings.

Loved the idea of there's really one Giraffe -- felt happy and warm around belonging and spiritual connection. Even a shared resonance!

As I read your offerings to the world, I felt inspired by the number of contributions, guessing at the impact you're having on the planet - knowing that there's much I could learn from you guys.

Thanks for showing up in the places I had access to - wishing we could be in the same place at the same time for a while longer.

Gratefully,

James

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