Fairness – The Needs’ Year (Week 36)

Fairness – The Needs’ Year (Week 36)

During my first year-long training course in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), all participants went through a social experiment. During one of our lunches, we were divided into three groups. The biggest group received a simple meal consisting of rice and beans. I was...
Clarity – The Needs’ Year (Week 34)

Clarity – The Needs’ Year (Week 34)

I’m desperately trying to change the language on the computer. Everything is in Polish and I don’t understand anything! I call Magda for the fifteenth time and ask her to help me translate some commands, so I can perform the most basic tasks. I feel stressed,...
Learning – The Needs’ Year (Week 33)

Learning – The Needs’ Year (Week 33)

Inevitably, my eyes are drawn to the bookshelf. I scan titles and my eyes become fixed on a yellow book with the title “The Culture Map”. I ask my host, Paulina, if the book is good and if she recommends it. “Do you want to borrow it?” she asks and I’m not...
Space – The Needs’ Year (Week 31)

Space – The Needs’ Year (Week 31)

– Joachim, could you say…? – No! I’m leaving in 10 minutes! The answer came fast as lightning. I was in a hurry, quite stressed and needed to pack the last items before leaving home. I knew I didn’t have enough capacity to both prepare the...
Touch – The Needs’ Year (Week 29)

Touch – The Needs’ Year (Week 29)

For ten years, from the time I was about seven, I don’t recall many memories of physical closeness to others. I remember a sweaty wrestling game with my friends when I turned ten. I have sweet memories of being close to the girl I was in love with when I was 14, when...
Joy – The Needs’ Year (Week 28)

Joy – The Needs’ Year (Week 28)

The first memory that comes to mind when I think about the need for joy is from a small party over 10 years ago with my friends. We are in a house outside Stockholm. We have had dinner together and some have drunk wine. It’s late and one of us has picked up the...

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