zaterdag, april 7, 2018 - 10:45
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Op zaterdag 7 april organiseert Initiatives of Change (IofC) een introductie sessie over geweldloze communicatie, in het Engels Nonviolent Communication (NVC) genoemd. Olena Kashkarova uit Oekraïne zal de sessie geven. Olena bestudeert, beoefent en gebruikt deze methode onder andere in het werk dat zij doet voor de IofC stichting in Oekraïne genaamd Foundations for Freedom. 

Het programma start om 10:45 en zal afgesloten worden rond 17:00. De spreektaal van de dag is Engels. Hieronder vind je de aanvullende informatie daarom ook in deze taal.


On Saturday April 7 Initiatives of Change Netherlands (IofC) organizes a taster session around Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in the center of IofC in Den Haag (Amaliastraat 10). The programme starts at 10:45 am and ends around 5 pm. NVC practitioner Olena Kashkarova from the Ukraine will facilitate the session.

Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is an approach developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960's. It is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms themselves and others when they do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs. NVC theory supposes all human behavior stems from attempts to meet universal human needs and that these needs are never in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash.

NVC proposes that people identify shared needs, revealed by the thoughts and feelings that surround these needs, and collaborate to develop strategies that meet them. The application of the nonviolent communication process in daily life aims at our ability to strengthen qualities such as honesty, empathy and compassion. NVC supports creating a quality of connection with oneself and others in which everyone's needs are equally valued, allowing us to create strategies and meaningful solutions that resolve issues, learn for future cooperation and deepen relationships in all aspects of life.

Nonviolent Communication


We welcome you with coffee and tea at 10.45 am. The programme will start at 11 am and finishes around 5 pm. The NVC Taster Session will take place at the Dutch IofC center in The Hague at Amaliastraat 10.

The taster is meant to give a basic understanding of NVC as a philosophy and a method of communication. It will be an interactive process where experiential learning is key, and where participants will explore the method together through practice in groups and real-life examples.

The main focus of the taster will be on practicing two skills:

  • empathic listening: how to give the person speaking a true sense of being heard and seen
  • honest self-expression: how to be honest in an understandable and non-threatening way

By the end of the day, you will be familiar with the simple and applicable NVC model of communication that consists of 4 steps and you will have experienced how this model can contribute to your life.

Join us!

You can register by filling out our online form. There are 15 places in total for this taster session.

To cover the costs of the day (food) we would like to ask for a voluntary financial contribution (suggestion: 10 euro).

About Olena Kashkarova

OlenaOlena Kashkarova (Ukraine) is a Ukrainian with Russian family background. She became involved in IofC work of Foundations for Freedom in 2001. Furthermore, she contributed and worked with IofC within Europe, South-East Asia, Latin America and the United States. For three years she coordinated development of the training platform and community house in Baranivka village in Central Ukraine.

Her major interest lies in dialogue work, especially in Ukraine between people of different background and political views. She started the work, initiated dialogues between people of different political views during Maidan revolution in 2013-14 and worked for UN Programme for Development as a Specialist on Reconciliation. She studies Non-Violent Communication and explores embodiment practices to develop an integral approach to dialogue.