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Nonviolent Communication Topic of Local MLK Program


2013 MLK Event
Jeff Brown discusses effective nonviolent communication.

Using nonviolent communication doesn’t mean buckling in to the aggressive expressions of others, the executive director of Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio (CCCO) told those attending the 5th Annual Martin Luther King Community Event hosted by the Piqua YWCA.


More than 120 people gathered for the January 21 program that included music, an award winning civil rights essay and a keynote presentation by Jeff Brown of Compassionate Communication and a trainer for its Center for Nonviolent Communications. The event was sponsored by the Piqua YWCA Racial Justice Reading Circle with support from Upper Valley Medical Center.

CCCO is a non-profit organization that shares the principles and practices of compassionate-nonviolent communication as developed by psychologist Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and inspired by the teachings of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Among the principles of compassionate communication are deep listening and empathy, along with passion, Brown said.

To employ those measures requires a departure from the everyday human tendency to blame, to demonize others in an “I’m right, you are wrong society,” Brown said.

“The approach is not about being nice, but about being authentic, real and seeing our common humanity,” he said, adding that the key is “expressing with your heart and soul without making other people wrong.” 

That, he said, can take some effort and reaching deep within, but carries a reward of removing force or blame from discussions with those who may differ in gender, age, race, politics, religion or culture.

After his talk, Brown said the CCCO has seen an increase in calls following a stream of violence that included the December fatal shootings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The callers are asking about training and programs in an array of business and organizations.

More information on the CCCO and its nonviolent communication offerings is available at www.nvcohio.orgOff Site Icon or by calling (614) 558-1141.


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