Tag Archives: Nonviolence

Nonviolence: Commitment, Capacity and Community

Core Commitments Miki Kashtan

In the mid 1990s I went on a backpacking trip with a friend that turned into a relational nightmare. Reverberating from the intense conflict, we set aside time to reweave intimacy and understanding. At a certain point, she expressed what seemed almost like anger directed at me for not protecting …

Accountability, Love, Shame, and Working for Transformation

Accountability, Love, Shame, and Working for Transformation

“All through history, and for many of us in our own experience, there are deeds done, causes furthered, and values proclaimed, that must be regarded as destructive, motivated by hate or greed, harmful to humanity on whatever scale, local or world-wide. These things may all be ‘good’ in the eyes …

Myths of Power-With: # 1 – Everyone Can Be Included

Myths of Power-With: # 1 - Everyone Can Be Included

The terms power-over and power-with were coined in 1924 by a woman who has mostly been forgotten – Mary Parker Follett, while writing and lecturing about management theory and practice. Her approach, which centered on human relations and collaboration between management and workers, stood in stark contrast to the mainstream …

In the Face of Repression – Notes from OccupyOakland Nov 15th

Early morning on Monday, November 14th, the Oakland Police once again evacuated the OccupyOakland camp. That was the day I was planning to attend the facilitation committee meeting. Being unsure about whether or not a meeting would take place, and knowing how long it would be before I could attend …

Love in the Wake of Violence: Notes from Oakland, October 28th

Love in the Wake of Violence: Notes from Oakland, October 28th

“It is not nonviolence if we merely love those that love us. It is nonviolence only when we love those that hate us.” — Gandhi

I have not been to OccupyOakland since Saturday. For almost two days, no one was there, as police blockaded the area after destroying the camp …

Does Nonviolence Work? Notes from OccupyOakland October 24th

Does Nonviolence Work? Notes from OccupyOakland October 24th

On my third visit to OccupyOakland, I co-led two workshops hosted by Nichola Torbett, founder of Seminary of the Street. In both of them I collaborated with Nichola and with Kazu Haga, an Oakland-based Kingian Nonviolence trainer. The conversations that emerged in these workshops, along with a recent post by …

Bringing the Salt March to Wall Street

Bringing the Salt March to Wall Street

In a few days the Occupy Wall Street movement arrives in my town, Oakland, and I am thinking a lot about what I want to do. As I reflect on what’s been happening in the last number of weeks, I feel quite uplifted and so, so relieved. For months I …

No Pushing, No Giving Up

by Miki Kashtan

One of the common misconceptions about the practice of Nonviolent Communication is that it’s about being “nice.” It’s probably a similar misconception to that of thinking of nonviolence as passivity. I believe both misconceptions derive from our habit of either/or thinking. Most of us don’t have models …

Understanding Everyone: Empathic Reflections about Osama Bin-Laden’s Killing – Part 2

Understanding Everyone: Empathic Reflections about Osama Bin-Laden’s Killing - Part 2

This is part 2 of a post I started a couple of weeks ago. At that time I was offering my understanding to the people who are celebrating Osama Bin-Laden’s death, as well as to those who judge the celebration.

Today I want to explore in a similar manner other …