Free online workshop

Discovering common ground between strategies and needs

8 May 2024
at 18:00-19:30 CEST

Trainers: Magda Barańska and Roni Wiener

When we learn to listen for needs within strategies, our main goal is usually to create a sense of connection.

What happens when we have a sense of connection, but we are still in disagreement?

How can a deeper understanding of people’s needs help us find solutions or make decisions that work for everyone?

NVC offers a list of universal human needs to connect us with our shared humanity, but how can these single words help us decide what to do together?

In this session, we’ll explore expanding needs into full sentences and finding the “sweet spot” between the “why” and the “how”. Discover new possibilities for sharing and guessing needs, and how to choose a supportive level for different situations. You can use these skills to resolve disagreements, create more shared understanding, or just bring more flow and joy to your work and collaboration with others.

Everyone is welcome. Some experience with guessing needs using the NVC needs list would be helpful.

This session was offered during Time for Empathy 2024 – we are repeating it because the quality of the recording was not satisfactory. If you have already taken part in it, you are welcome to join again.

Practical information

When: 8 May 2024

Time: 18:00-19:30 CEST (Berlin time)

Cost: Free

How: ONLINE on ZOOM (We will send you the link to the meeting immediately after you confirm the registration – check your Spam or OFFERS folder!)

Interactive form: This event is a WORKSHOP, so everyone will have the opportunity to work in smaller groups. Be prepared to turn on your camera and microphone in the breakout room.

Recording: We plan to record this event and make it available publicly. We may also use the recording for marketing on various social media. If you do not wish to be recorded, switch off your camera and microphone when in a main room for the whole duration of the session.

Work in breakout rooms will not be recorded.

Contact: If you have any questions, please, send a message to:

The trainers

We are committed to nonviolence in every aspect of our lives. We support people, organizations, and communities with workshops, coaching, and facilitation for collaborative decisions. We enjoy exploring, developing, and sharing diverse approaches to find creative solutions that work for everyone. Our work is informed by our commitment to walk our talk, as we engage in ongoing reflection and integrate what we discover. We draw on gift economy principles to keep our work sustainable and prioritize the needs of people with less access to resources. We love connecting with people and learning together!

Magda Barańska

Magda Barańska

I feel a deep calling to contribute to making decisions that work for everyone because I see how much more alive and effective groups become when everyone’s needs matter. I believe humans intrinsically enjoy finding solutions that care for everyone’s needs and what gets in the way are unsupportive beliefs and lack of skills. I’m passionate about inspiring and supporting transformation of such beliefs and teaching the skills that make interdependent collaboration possible. I enjoy offering softness and acceptance to free up the energy that gets stuck in self-judgments and self-doubts. When facilitating I bring faith that integration is possible and trust in the wisdom and creativity of a group. It gives me great joy to contribute to co-creation through deep listening to everything that is shared and through the integration of dissent and concerns. I aim for each encounter and decision in my life to become an example of the change I want to see in the world. My ongoing sources of learning include collaborating in diverse projects, parenting and inner transformation.


Roni Wiener

Roni Wiener

I dedicate my energy to accelerating the global shift toward decisions that care for all life.  I spend most of my time developing, teaching, and facilitating decision-making processes and interdependent systems. I focus on creating sustainable change that gradually integrates innovative practices.

I’m currently most passionate about supporting organizations and communities in cultivating a culture where everyone’s needs matter. I enjoy facilitating highly controversial and polarized decisions where I can contribute my integration skills to find creative solutions that work for everyone. I draw on gift economy principles to keep my work sustainable and prioritize the needs of people with less access to resources.

My life journey includes two decades of consulting focused on transforming collaboration practices. I also have a degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Gender Studies.


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