Choice: A field guide for navigating the polarization of our world and living interdependently


Choice: A field guide for navigating the polarization of our world and living interdependently















Choice is a field guide for navigating the polarization of our world and living interdependently by creating a reflective space where the reader can explore choices and philosophical perspectives that go beyond right and wrong and into the realm of interdependent relationship. Based upon the key differentiations and principles of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent CommunicationTM, this book provides a rigorous investigation of the life-serving motivation embedded in concepts which sometimes appear as polar opposites. Through differentiation and nuanced exploration of these concepts, light is shed on the lifeserving purpose at both ends of a seeming continuum between ideas. Readers are invited to apply, on a personal level, a consciousness that leads to self-responsibility, connection and collaboration.


Author:  Kathleen Macferran, Jared Finkelstein    Formats: printed copy


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About the Authors

Kathleen Macferran holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She's worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003 and serves as an assessor for this international organization. For over 25 years Kathleen has explored ways to restore harmony to communities including two decades as a music conductor and seven years as a public school music teacher. Kathleen supports organizations and communities to engage with conflict in life-serving ways. She offers trainings, facilitation and mediation in concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community.

Jared Finkelstein believes that in a connected world what's essential is the quality of our connection. As a consultant and trainer he specializes in supporting people and communities to make choices that transform separation and misunderstanding into connection and collaboration. Devoted to the idea of intergenerational interdependence, he works with organizations, schools, homes, faith-based communities, and camps, supporting people of all ages with the discipline of Nonviolent Communication used to illuminate and fine-tune the qualities of connection in all relationships, and for everyone's benefit.




I have been working as a trainer and a facilitator for over 30 years, facilitating from business trainings to spiritual retreats. I have lead trainings in almost 30 countries around the world, from Europe to Australia, from the US to Japan, from Mideast to French Polynesia, South Korea, Myanmar... A large part of my work is in organizations, be it leading skill-trainings or mediating conflicts and facilitating team decision making, team-coaching...

As I work in organizations I keep witnessing what an incredibly complex and demanding task leadership is, as it demands a constant evolution of the leader, an on-going and never-ending personal transformation. In a way, similar to the role of a parent.

And one of the skills that seems to require constant sharpening is the ability to achieve clarity; in our thoughts as well as in our articulation of our inner worlds, or in other words, in our communication.

As a mediator I keep witnessing how some confusion in thoughts and lack of precision in words can not only prevent the understanding from happening between individuals as well as in teams, but will likely actually deepen the cracks and worsen the situation.

And I can easily imagine that reading and rereading this book could be an ongoing and a very meaningful support to leaders across various contexts, or trainers, social workers, therapists, actually anybody who uses communication in their work.

Namely, while communication in essence stretches far beyond thoughts and words, the very purity of thoughts and the clarity it can bring, the differentiation between concepts, can establish a common denominator, a common platform for the meeting and connection to happen. One word can open a heart, and another word can trigger a reaction that will take hours or even weeks or years to heal.

So I would happily suggest everybody that finds communication as a crucial tool in life, to read and keep re-reading this book and thus bringing more and more clarity into the way they interact with themselves, others and life itself. "
— Robert Krzisnik, MSc. Psych., CNVC Certified trainer and mediator


" Choice is a powerfully moving book about our experiences and understandings of this complex and paradoxical world. The language is beautiful and poetic. The structure encourages each person to think of the ways they understand and act in the world and to see for themselves the deeper value in seeing the world from a perspective of interdependence and harmony. The writers are encouraging wholeness, while gently and lovingly helping us to realize that our cultural training to individualism and separateness keep us from being our most healthy selves. At this intense time in the world, this book provides a profound meditation on life and hope for our collective future. "
— Reverend Dr. Bob Salt, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies


" Organizations, like eco-systems, are communities of inter-connectedness and inter-dependence. If you are a leader who wants to develop your ability to discern and make choices that lead to results which enrich and sustain your organizational community, you will want to access Choice as a resource time and again. "
— Christine Flaherty, MHA, Healthcare Executive