Miki’s Books and Articles
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With grace, acuity, and humor, Miki Kashtan has shared with thousands of people on five continents how to live from love, courage and truth – in every moment, in thought, word, and deed. This book of brief quotes makes a perfect gift. See our page on the Little Book and buy here.
Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in our Individual Lives
Do you carry within you a longing for an entirely different world?
One which is aligned with our human needs, in which we collaborate with each other and the natural world, in which separation, scarcity, and powerlessness are a thing of the past?
Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future
This visionary new work includes fictional stories from the future that describe in detail how things could be in a world designed to respond to human needs. Miki calls these stories “Wisdom Tales from the Future.” You can read three of them here:
- It’s Water Again. A vision of how major regional conflicts are resolved in a post-coercion world.
- What Can I Do? A vision of empathic support leading to self-awareness in a world where everyone’s work is chosen and meaningful.
- Starting Life Again. A vision of elders contributing to the next generation.
Without Flinching – a novel of healing and transformation
Miki is offering her novel on a gift economy basis. See here.
“Matching Resources to Needs – Moving the Flow of Gifting from Theory to Practice,” an article describing the resource flow within the Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) community, posted on Radical Ecological Democracy, August 2019.
“Meaningful Work, Human Nature, and a Free Society,” a review of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber, in Tikkun, January 2019.
“Feminist Leadership as Care for the Whole: Modeling and Co-Creating a Livable Future,” Center for Partnership Studies, October 2018.
Miki’s contribution to “Roundtable on Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead” in the Great Transition Initiative newsletter, June 2018.
“Nonviolence is Taking Responsibility For the Whole,” Nonviolence Magazine, Winter-Spring 2018, Strategy Issue.
“Anti-Semitism, Uprootedness, and Zionism: My Voluntary Political Exile from Israel,” Tikkun, Fall 2017.
“From Obedience and Shame to Freedom and Belonging: Transforming Patriarchal Paradigms of Child-Rearing in the Age of Global Warming,” posted at academia.edu. The article’s abstract includes: “What will it take to reclaim our fundamental relatedness with all things alive, surrender our attempts to control nature, and find a way of living that averts or mitigates the worst possible catastrophes awaiting us while it’s still possible? I draw on Humberto Maturana’s investigations of the “biology of love” and on the growing field of matriarchal studies. I argue that our prospects for survival require turning around millennia of patriarchy and putting, again, love and human needs at the center.” You can also download a pdf here: From Obedience and Shame to Freedom and Belonging.
“Elephant in the Room – Attending to Power Differences in Mediation,” at Contra Costa Lawyer, April 01, 2017.
“Is There a Nonviolent Path to a Livable Future? A Conversation With Chris Moore-Backman,” in Truthout, 1/18/17.
“Bringing Nonviolence to the State Legislature” in Nonviolence magazine, Summer/Fall 2016, page 10, view or download here.
Interview in UK: “NVC, money and Miki Kashtan’s relationship with money” by Cleona Lira on her blog, republished as “Miki Kashtan on her Relationship with Money” at NVC-UK.
In Spanish: “El bullying o acoso escolar visto desde la compasión.” Two of Miki’s blog posts on bullying (one, two), were published in Spanish translation on Zolani, a blog in Spain, Traducido por Ana Carolina Barroso Martínez, revisado por Daniel Ocio y Adrián Pérez. Sept 2016. In 2015 another of Miki’s posts, “Basic Pitfalls of Usung NVC,” was published there as “Problemas básicos de la comunicación no violenta.” .
“Collaboration, the way to go,” One India One People, October 13, 2016.
“The Freedom to Disobey,” posted at academia.edu. The article’s abstract begins: In this paper Miki Kashtan, internationally known teacher and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication and an Israeli living in the US, starts by wondering, “why I continue to feel uncomfortable whenever I am in Germany.” She answers, “It’s not because the Holocaust happened; it’s because I don’t get a sense that it’s really been digested, integrated, mourned, and learned from.” You can also download a pdf here: the-freedom-to-disobey-by-miki-kashtan
“A Blueprint for Collaborative Lawmaking,” Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, Vol 3 (2016) Issue 1. Miki describes the success of her Convergent Facilitation process in revising child custody law in the Minnesota Legislature. This journal is “is dedicated to sharing new knowledge and successful applications of Riane Eisler’s partnership paradigm.”
“Transcending Economic Dualities,” a review of Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier, in Tikkun, Winter 2015.
“Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech,” New York Times, April 12, 2014.
“Courage, Truth, and Love: Building Blocks of Nonviolence,” a review of: Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice, ed. Randall Amster and Elavie Ndura; Violence and Nonviolence: An Introduction by Barry L. Gab; and The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide for Practical Action by Michael Nagler in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 4, 595–599.
Also in the American Psychological Association’s peer-reviewed academic journal Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology: “Risking Everything for the Common Good,” a review of Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era, ed. Elena Mustakova‑Possardt, Mikhail Lyubansky, Michael Basseches, and Julie Oxenberg.
“Pushing the powerful into a moral corner at India’s Barefoot College,” Waging Nonviolence, March 2012.
“Nonviolent Communication: Gandhian Principles for Everyday Living,” Satyagraha Foundation for Nonviolence Studies, April 2012.
“Gandhi and the Dalit controversy: The limits of the moral force of an individual,” Waging Nonviolence, February 2012.
“Sustaining the Occupy Movement,” Tikkun, Spring 2012.
“Tikkun Olam Without Coercion: Living into the World We Want to Create,” Tikkun, Winter 2011.
“Wanting Fully Without Attachment,” Tikkun, January/February 2010.
“Working for Peace Without Recreating War,” by Miki Kashtan and Dot Maver, Tikkun, March/April 2008.
“Beacon for Peace in the Promised Land: Transforming Palestinian-Israeli Relationships with Nonviolent Communication,” by Hagit Lifshitz, Miki Kashtan and Arnina Kashtan, in Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peace Building Between Israelis and Palestinians, edited by Judy Kuriansky, Westport, CT and London: Praeger, 2007.
“Transforming Power Relations: The Invisible Revolution,” Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, Vol. 15, Number 3, Autumn 2002. Back issues available here.
“The Gift of Self: The Art of Transparent Facilitation,” in Sandor Schuman, ed., The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation, Jossey-Bass, 2005.
“Nonviolent Communication: Transforming Conflict and Enhancing Connection in Communities,” Communities Magazine, September 1999.
“The Pain, The Anger, and the Hope: Women Peace Workers in Israel,” Magazine of Creation Spirituality, March 1992.
“Leadership From Below: On Becoming a Change Agent,” was originally on BayNVC.org and is now on this site.
BayNVC.org currently hosts several of Miki’s pieces:
- NVC Reference Materials written with her late sister Inbal Kashtan with titles such as “NVC Basics” and “NVC Quick Reference Guide” (currently linked to at the bottom of What Is NVC?) and
- pieces now posted on the BayNVC blog, such as “Vulnerability as a Spiritual Path.”
The locations of these pieces on the new BayNVC website may change: if the above links don’t work, a search on the site may reveal them (use magnifying glass icon at top right). It would be super helpful to us if you can notify us that the links are broken.