The Needs’ Year

52 needs, 54 recorded conversations with different trainers + 53 PDFs for self-reflection

by Joachim Berggren

One of the key assumptions of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) says that everything people do is their attempt to meet needs. When you know what your needs and the needs of another person are, then you can understand each other much better and find a solution that fits both of you.

But what are the needs and how to know what you need?
Moreover, how to recognise the needs of other people?

Getting in touch with what is alive in you and others can be really challenging, especially if you have never tried it before. It requires self-awareness, curiosity, openness and broadening the vocabulary. And a lot of practice!

Do you want to discover the beauty of needs and build a better connection with yourself and others?

Every week you will have a chance to focus on one need. We invite you to:

  • discover what each need means to you;
  • check how you take care of this need;
  • find easy strategies to fulfil this need in your everyday life;
  • implement some of these strategies in your daily life;
  • discover the beauty behind other people’s actions, even when they are not in line with your values.

Participating in the Needs’ Year will help you to: 

  • have a greater understanding of needs;
  • recognize and identify the needs with more ease;
  • be in contact with yourself and what you long for in life;
  • expand your strategies and be able to fulfil your needs to a greater extent;
  • increase your empathy and compassion both for yourself and others;
  • have richer and more meaningful relationships.

How can I participate?

Choose one of the two options below: 


Premium subscription

Get one-year-long access to the online platform with all materials (PDFs and recordings) available whenever you wish.

Every week: read an article on our blog about the need of the week; watch the recording of the Zoom Talk – a conversation between Joachim Berggren and the invited guest; download the PDF and reflect on the questions.

This option is the best for those of you who like learning at your own pace and don’t want a personal connection with the trainer or other participants.



5 individual sessions + Premium subscription

Besides having access to the online platform with all materials, take part in five individual online sessions with Joachim Berggren (1h each). Joachim will support you in growing awareness of your needs and taking care of them in everyday life. He will also answer your questions.

Make sure to use all five sessions in 2023 – the time and dates will be decided by the two of you.

This option is the best for those who like learning at their own pace and want a personal connection with the trainer.


What can you find on the online platform:

Weekly PDFs

Editable file with an introduction to the need of the week and questions for reflections

01 The need for Acceptance Blog Empathic Way Europe

Needs Tracker

Every day check if your needs were met or not.
To do that you can use one of our “Needs Trackers”

01 The need for Acceptance Blog Empathic Way Europe

Recorded Zoom Talks

The recordings of all Zoom Talks are available on our online platform. Here is the list of our guests

Week 1 – Acceptance

Eva Rambala

Week 2 – Community

Volkmar Richter

Week 3 – Rest

Shona Cameron

Week 4 – Creativity

Sarah Dekker

Week 5 – Growth

Annett Zupke

Week 6 – To matter

Sarah Peyton

Week 7 – Mutuality

Pernille Plantener

Week 8 – Integrity

Kay Rung

Week 9 – Safety

Ivana Horáková

Week 10 – Mourning

Ida Rump

Week 11 – Trust

Nic Burnand

Week 12 – Harmony

Goni Zilberman

Week 13 – Meaning

Jürgen Licht

Week 14 – Dignity

Liv Larsson

Week 15 – Autonomy

Kirsten Kristensen

Week 16 – Choice


Week 17 – Peace

Irmtraud Kauschat

Week 18 – Empathy

Melanie Sears

Week 19 – Honesty

Gabriel Stille

Week 20 – Cooperation

Ian Peatey

Week 21 – Belonging

Agnieszka Rzewuska-Paca

Week 22 – Subsistence

Robyn Marie Bors Veraart

Week 23 – Ease

Rhonda Mills

Week 24 – Support

Mireille van Bremen

Week 25 – Hope

Magdalena Kosinska-Klaehn

Week 26 – Competence

Ricardo Guillén

Week 28 – Joy

Melanie Knudsen

Week 29 – Touch

Amy Dyer

Week 30 – Connection

Petra Kumm

Week 31 – Space

Kristiina Krank

Week 32 – Sexual expression

Monica Reu & Ian Peatey

Week 33 – Learning

Hanna Era

Week 34 – Clarity

Oliver Borgmann

Week 35 – Challenge

Iris Bawidamann

Week 36 – Fairness

Angela Walkley

Week 37 – Inspiration

Dmitriy Kopina

Week 38 – Contribution

David Kerry Weinstock

Week 39 – Communication

Jim Manske

Week 40 – Respect

Paula Rossi

Week 41 – Celebration

Annika Thomsson

Week 42 – Effectiveness

Jürgen Engel

Week 43 – Movement

Ryan van der Zanden

Week 44 – Beauty

Kathleen De Laet

Week 45 – Play

Jacqueline du Plessis

Week 46 – Love

Mironel de Wilde

Week 47 – Shared reality

Hanna Savanna

Week 48 – Order

Frank Gaschler

Week 49 – Closeness

Cara Crisler

Week 50 – Intimacy

Mary Mackenzie

Week 51 – Authenticity

Carolyn Davies

Week 52 – Predictability

Hugo Roele

The Needs' Year Summit

Various NVC trainers


About the author

Joachim Berggren NVC Trainer Empathic Way Europe

Joachim Berggren

CNVC Certified Trainer and communication consultant

I work with groups and individuals who want to be able to communicate better and build sustainable connections in their family, with their friends, at their workplace and in the bigger community. I am offering lectures, workshops, mediation and individual training online and in person. I came into contact with NVC in 2005 and in 2009/2010 I participated in my first annual program with Friare Liv (Liv Larsson and Kay Rung). I have participated in a wide range of NVC workshops both in Sweden and abroad. Since 2010, I have been sharing and teaching NVC myself. In 2017, I became a certified NVC trainer by CNVC. My main focus within NVC has been to teach the NVC fundamentals, community building and to organize major events, such as the European and the Swedish NVC festivals. What captivates my interest lately is how we humans develop both as individuals and groups and how this evolutionary drive affects our ability to learn and integrate NVC into our lives.

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