Published Articles and Book Chapters

Restoring Our Web of Interdependence: Why Reducing Individual Consumption
is Neither Possible nor Sufficient, Mother Pelican, April 2024. This article is excerpted, with significant edits and additions, from the learning packet Restoring Flow Using NVC.

Deschooling Ourselves: Experiments with Learning and Liberation, Self & Society Journal, No. 11, Part 2, 2023-4.

Making the Invisible Visible: Transforming Functional Patterns for Individual and Collective Liberation, Self & Society Journal, No. 10, Winter 2023.

Realigning with Life, Deep Times: Metabolizing Grief to Nurture the Great Turning, September 2023. This is an article based on a series of conversations about needs, impacts, resources, and choice.

On the Other Side of Separation: Individual and Collective Steps Towards a Post-Patriarchal Way of Living, Mother Pelican, March 2023. This is an abridged and modified version of “Feminism as Power and Love: Realigning Humanity with Life.”

Imagining a Post Patriarchal Theory of Child Development, Self & Society Journal, Vol 50 No. 1 & 2, Summer 2022, pp 111-116.

Surrounding the Patriarchal Field with Love, Self & Society Journal, Vol 49 No. 8, Winter 2022.

Attending to Needs without Coercion: Moving Beyond the Patriarchal Limits of Socialism to a Full Gift Economy A chapter from the book Mothering, Gift and Revolution: Honoring Genevieve Vaughan’s Life’s Work edited by Kaarina Kailo and Erella Shadmi, VandA edizioni, 2021. This chapter is a significant revision from the Tikkun Article, “From Ability to Needs,” mentioned below.

What’s Mine to Do? Vision, Action, and Mourning in the Face of Collapse, Self & Society Journal, Vol 49 No. 2, Autumn 2021, pp 96-99.

Boundaries, Limits, and the Sacred Work of Restoring Trust, Self & Society Journal, No. 7, Summer 2021.

The Radical Implications of Staying within Capacity, Self & Society Journal, Vol 49 No. 1, Spring 2021, pp 61-64.

Sharing Impacts for Increasing Intimacy Self & Society Journal, Vol 48 No 6, Winter 2021. Most of the entire issue of this magazine is available to the public freely here.

A Q&A with Collaborative Leadership Facilitator Miki Kashtan,” by Stephanie Domet, Mindful Magazine, October 2020. This interview is published in conjunction with “Turning Toward Collaborative Leadership,” also by Stephanie Domet, which is an article that features the work Miki has been doing with iBme, an organization dedicated to bringing mindfulness to teens.

The Power of the Soft Qualities to Transform Patriarchy,” Self & Society Journal, Vol 48 No2, Autumn 2020, pp 5-15.

From Rights to Needs and Commitments—Collaborating with Those We Care for,” posted Oct 28, 2020. This article is applying the needs perspective to the complex topic of care-giving, especially in the context of cancer. It is based on Miki’s personal experience with cancer.

From Ability to Willingness: Freeing Socialism from Its Patriarchal Roots,” Tikkun, Vol 35, No1, Spring Summer 2020, pp 46-54.

Deserving, Gifting, and Needs,” in Canadian Women’s Studies Vol 34, No 1-2 (2019), Feminist Gift Economy. (The entire issue is available here on a gift economy basis from the publisher.)

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.

“Finding Collective Will in Perilous Times,” A chapter from the book The Future of Progressivism: Applying Follettian Thinking to Contemporary Issues, edited by Margaret Stout, Process Century Press, 2019.

Why and How Facing Your Privilege Can Be Liberating,” an article on the structural dimension of privilege, Vol 9 No 1 (2019) of the WPC Journal: Understanding & Dismantling Privilege , May 2019. This is a slightly revised version of a blog post from Nov, 2016.

Meaningful Work, Human Nature, and a Free Society,” a review of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber, in Tikkun, January 2019.

Parenting without Obedience: A Preliminary Guide to Intergenerational Collaboration,” Miki & Arnina Kashtan, Tikkun, Winter 2019.

Feminist Leadership as Care for the Whole: Modeling and Co-Creating a Livable Future” in The Time Is Now: Feminist Leadership for a New Era, edited by Araceli Alonso & Teresa Langle de Paz, published as an ebook by UNESCO. A shorter version appeared here: “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 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.  An abridged version of this article without any footnotes can be found at

Elephant in the Room – Attending to Power Differences in Mediation,” at Contra Costa Lawyer, April 01, 2017, page 17.

How we talk about race and safety can really make a difference,” OpenDemocracy, February 15, 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 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.

Giving Makes the World Go Round,” Shareable, July 26, 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.

“No Enemies, No Demands,” Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2002. A longer version of this article is posted on The Center for Nonviolent Communication.

“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.


Miki’s blog contains hundreds of posts, written since 2/22/10. Many of these are substantial pieces of writing. We have an introduction to the blog and an index here.

“Self Acceptance without Limits” , 2008

Vulnerability as a Spiritual Path“, 2008

Leadership From Below: On Becoming a Change Agent“, 2009

The Heart of Our Yes“, 2009

Together and apart: reflections on the shootings in Charleston“, 2015

There are also NVC Reference Materials written with her late sister Inbal Kashtan

Miki’s Ph.D. Dissertation

Beyond Reason: Reconciling Emotion with Social Theory, UC Berkeley, 2000.