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Mindcamp Choice Session Description

Connection Before Solution
Tools for empowering relationships at work, home and community
(Henry Wai)
Mind U session

To matter is all we want. Choices are all we make. Relationships are all we have.
— Sandy Shuman

Your ability to be present to yourself and others with empathy and clarity can make the difference between a breakdown and a breakthrough. Nonviolent Communication™ excels in providing practical ways to: strengthen or repair relationships and get to the heart of what is really the matter behind criticisms, resistance, and judgments.

We'll use activities, stories and realplay to develop your relationship-building skills. We all want to matter. Once there is connection and understanding, so much more is possible. With an emphasis on active learning, you will be challenged, moved and supported.

The Nonviolent Communication™ process supports empowerment, everyday peacemaking, conflict transformation, and healing. Developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, NVC is practiced in 72 countries in a variety of settings including family, workplace, activism, social service, education, mediation, prison, and government.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Learn four proven tools for building or repairing relationships
  • Practice how to support yourself and others with empathic listening
  • Understand what's really beneath strong emotions and judgmental thinking and transform the language and thinking that undermine relationships

Photo credit (string network): SQY en transition - Flickr - creative commons license
Henry Wai
Toronto ON
Henry helps people to work effectively, compassionately and with vitality. He has 31 years of experience leading trainings, developing programs and delivering direct service in areas such as housing and food co-ops, volunteer management, adult education, social enterprise and employment counselling. Nonviolent Communication is a very powerful addition to his approach which emphasizes self-awareness, choice, relational skills and ways to build co-operation. Henry is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Photo credit: Kinga Michalska

This is Henry's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
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