This weekend at Kripalu: Transform Your Relationships with Nonviolent Communication

Friday Feb 22–Sunday Feb 24 in the Berkshires: Practice Self-Empathy First! Before sharing your concerns about another person’s actions or words, take time to connect with yourself. How do you respond to difficult people and challenging conversations? Nonviolent Communication helps you create closer relationships by transforming judgment and blame into mutual understanding. Join Martha Lasley … Continue reading This weekend at Kripalu: Transform Your Relationships with Nonviolent Communication

Responding to Authority: a story about the MTA

A few weeks ago, Miki Kashtan wrote on The Fearless Heart about responding to people in power [see the original post here]. She says: Challenging authority with love can take the form of saying “no” without giving up on the person’s humanity or dignity, either personally or collectively. This is my deepest understanding of what … Continue reading Responding to Authority: a story about the MTA

Summary of Impact Assessment: Collaborative Communication Training

This summary is from a May 2012 conference paper by Dr. Jane Connor with Dr. Dian Killian, Dr. Robert Wentworth, Martha Lasley, MBA. See a summary of that paper here. Findings from Merck, Inc., supported by research conducted by the Center for Collaborative Communication, document significant benefits of listening skill training in the workplace. In … Continue reading Summary of Impact Assessment: Collaborative Communication Training

Education for Empathy & Compassion

Can empathy be taught? Is it “natural” in humans? Recent research shows that educators are looking for pedagogical strategies for increasing empathy and compassion in students. Young people are in a particularly ripe developmental stage to develop compassion. “Empathy requires something called Theory of Mind,” educator Lara Mattox, Ph.D. says. “It is a concept that … Continue reading Education for Empathy & Compassion

In a profoundly interdependent world, generosity is fundamental …

““In a profoundly interdependent world, generosity is fundamental to the entire economy of life. Even the simplest biological function involves receiving something from others (nutrients, oxygen, life), processing it in some unique way, and then passing it on to all other members of the matrix of life. The practice of giving becomes perfected when we … Continue reading In a profoundly interdependent world, generosity is fundamental …

When contributing to life we feel happy, relaxed and …

This May a 40 year-old father jumped on NYC subway tracks to save a woman’s life. In recent weeks, we’ve seen empathic giving in the outpouring of support for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. I believe our natural state is empathic and caring. Our bodies tell us: when contributing to life we feel happy, relaxed … Continue reading When contributing to life we feel happy, relaxed and …

2012 Empathy Year in Review: Education and Research

2012 was a busy year for conferences, research, analysis, and discovery on the benefits and uses of compassion, empathy and mindfulness. Here are a few of the many from the past year: Academia, Research & Conferences The Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference took place at the end of November in London, and the Science of … Continue reading 2012 Empathy Year in Review: Education and Research

Keep Calm … and Practice Empathy!

Sandy leaves central Brooklyn untouched. CCC’s office in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn was thankfully unaffected by the recent Hurricane. However, many of our friends in the rest of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, and New Jersey are still without power. Watching the massive grassroots responses of local folks providing goods, cleaning supplies, food, and labor help to … Continue reading Keep Calm … and Practice Empathy!

Empathy for the Holidays Class 11/10

Do more than just survive your family this holiday season! Empathy for the Holidays: How to Really Enjoy the Holidays with your Family A Day Long Intermediate Training in Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication Nov 10, 2012 10:00am – 5:00pm @ the Center for Collaborative Communication, Brooklyn, NY Empower yourself to truly connect with and understand your … Continue reading Empathy for the Holidays Class 11/10