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Contribution – The Needs’ Year (Week 38)

Contribution – The Needs’ Year (Week 38)

About ten years ago I was an assistant during a Nonviolent Communication course for the first time. I spent a weekend in Tollare Folkhögskola (a school for grown-ups) with my teacher Kay Rung. It was fun, exciting and a great experience. While I could contribute in...

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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...

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Challenge – The Needs’ Year (Week 35)

Challenge – The Needs’ Year (Week 35)

I stood on the top and looked down. It was so steep that I couldn't see the end of the ski slope. For a couple of minutes I mustered up the courage and then I headed downhill. I zigzagged down at increasing speed. Suddenly, I fell over and landed on my back, sliding...

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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 hesitating...

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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 packing and handle the...

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Connection – The Needs’ Year (Week 30)

Connection – The Needs’ Year (Week 30)

He had been grumpy all week. It didn't matter if it was during the community meetings, when we were playing volleyball or during meals. Not a smile crossed his lips. What was wrong with him? My judgments about one of the participants at the European NVC Summer...

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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...

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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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