Recognised Roles

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Recognised Roles - CNVC New Future Process - Integrated Plan

Personal note from Working Group 6 (Certification, NVC Integrity, and Individual Affiliation)

We want to speak to the soil out of which this proposal grows. It comes from our dream of a world where all Life is revered, where every person knows they matter, because they experience their needs fully valued and satisfied in joyful ways. We dream of a relationally oriented world where power is shared, access to resources is available to all, and we celebrate our interconnectedness as well as our unique ways of being. We offer this proposal as a step toward strong communities that have the support, companionship and courage to live nonviolence in ways that work for all living beings.

Purpose of NVC-O Recognized Roles:

  • NVC-O recognizes those who through the practice of NVC, live in ways that support a world that works for all on personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.* In doing so, those serving in recognized roles become vital and accessible resources that co-create a world where all needs are fully valued, and where power and resources are used in service to attend to the needs of all Life.
  • To support our hope of thriving, interdependent communities around the world, we choose to recognize individuals who integrate the principles of NVC in project-based, community-focused and relationship-oriented ways. By having NVC-O recognized roles, we encourage awareness and clarity of what the practice of NVC is and how it supports interdependence as concretely seen through words, actions, and choices in ways that inspire and inform others.

* Every time “systemic levels” is mentioned in this document, WG6 would like to make explicit that addressing issues of power, privilege, and access is critical to systemic engagement.

Why Community is Key to Establishing Recognized Roles:

  • The practice of NVC is inherently entwined with community engagement. Confirmation about how one is living NVC principles, therefore, is best served by self-reflection and the multiple perspectives of community members.
  • In community, individuals have the experience of co-creating and living in alignment with systems that support the mattering of all.
  • In community, individuals have support, accountability and feedback to live in ways at the personal, interpersonal and systemic levels* that further a world that works for all.
  • In community, all are welcome who want to integrate NVC principles into their lives.

NVC-O Recognized Roles (RR):

1) NVC Practitioner

(The title Practitioner might vary from culture to culture. For example “Sadhak” might be a title that represents the intention of taking on a sacred practice in India.)

Role description: Integration and application of NVC principles into daily life on the personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.* Living NVC principles is primarily done through the application of NVC principles in various social contexts including personal and professional arenas.

Threshold: NVC Practitioners will embody the qualities named in the matrix in the “capable” area, and the core commitments the majority of the time as determined by the community (the intent behind “majority of the time” is to point toward the willingness to live our full intention while holding with compassion and awareness that we will not reach it in every moment). NVC Practitioner path includes understanding the impacts of power and privilege.

Note: The matrix and core commitments may be modified as new practices evolve. Other sources referring to threshold qualities might be created later.

2) NVC Ambassador

(The title “Ambassador” will be used within the Organisation. Depending on context, “Ambassador” might be translated into something applicable to a particular culture or context to convey the idea of service and contribution. For example “Sevak” might be a title that represents a person in a role of sacred service to the community in India. In a corporate setting, “Certified Trainer” might be an alternative title for an NVC Ambassador (focusing in Integration). A menu of possible alternative titles will be determined by the Global Role Recognition Stewardship Council.)

Examples of specified areas of focus (this list will evolve based on feedback from Weaves) :

  • Conflict Transformation
  • Education
  • Family
  • Health Care
  • Media and Communication (includes translation)
  • NVC Integration (formerly known as “CNVC Certified Trainer”)
  • Organizations and Communities
  • Structural Power Inequity
  • System Development and Transformation
  • Facilitation
  • Social Action

(example of RR titles with a specified focus: “NVC Ambassador in Conflict Transformation,” or “NVC Integration Ambassador”)


Role description: Integrated NVC Practitioner with post-conventional fluidity** who applies NVC principles and practices in specified fields. NVC principles are primarily shared through the application of the principles in various fields.

Threshold: NVC Ambassadors will embody the qualities named in the matrix at the “integrated” level, and the core commitments the majority of the time (the intent behind “majority of the time” is to point toward the willingness to live our full intention while holding with compassion and awareness that we will not reach it in every moment). NVC Ambassador training includes understanding, applying and sharing the impacts of power and privilege with people in diverse contexts.

**The term “post-conventional” as used here indicates an understanding and integration of the essence of NVC that allows the form to be fluid, responsive and emergent depending on context.

Steps to Recognized Roles (RR) (initial and renewal):

  1. Live and apply NVC principles at the personal, interpersonal and systemic levels* as fully as possible. (Apprenticeship, weaves, NVC programs, self-study, etc.)
  2. Participate in one or more established or self-activated Recognized Role weaves. Weaves may have nested purposes, which means a weave that is formed for another purpose may choose to connect with an Integration Trustee and Weave Coach to implement the RR function as needed. (Recognized Role Weaves may be small and virtual in some places where NVC is just starting to be known).
  3. Annually participate in the feedback system that includes self-reflection and feedback from members of one or more RR weave(s) or an organizational weave that has a 360 degree feedback system (for renewal).
  4. Keep on-line NVC profile up to date at the NVC-O virtual home.
  5. Attend RR cluster gatherings (in-person and/or virtual) when practical.

NVC-O Structure: Recognized Role (RR) Weaves- Peer Collaborative Feedback Communities

  • Recognized Role weaves are relationally oriented transformational living, learning, feedback communities and social labs. Weaves focus on collaborative, 360 degree feedback for all weave participants, emphasizing support for and integrity of embodied and applied NVC. Each weave is connected to Weave Coaches (support for system set-up, maintenance and conflict transformation) and is connected with an NVC Integration Trustee (support for quality, feedback and integrity of embodying and applying NVC). Membership may be fluid as individuals who have stepped into recognized roles may move into different weaves or stay with a RR weave as mentors and collaborators with those who are seeking to step into recognized roles.
  • The following systems provide necessary infrastructure for RR weaves and are co-created by weave members (with support from Weave Coaches) in ways that work in their own culture yet embody the underlying principles (click on links for living examples of systems):
    • Restorative System
    • Feedback System for on-going learning, initial recognition and annual renewal for all roles. This is the core of community-based discernment for recognition.
    • Empathy and Grieving System
    • Decision Making System
    • Economic System or Resource Sharing system that supports all Weave members, Weave Coaches and NVC Integration Trustees. This includes physical, financial, skill, service and time resources. A Resource Sharing system may be set up as a part of the RR Cluster so resources can be distributed between RR Weaves according to need.
    • Mentor and Peer Learning Support System
    • Access system
  • Sub-clusters of RR weaves provides the mechanism for sharing resources locally, regionally and globally among RR weaves as well as multi-dimensional feedback and learning.
  • The Global Role Recognition Stewardship Council (GRRSC) weave is the coordinating resource for all NVC-O recognized roles. The GRRSC tracks integrity, evolution, intercultural applications, access, practices, processes and weave support. This weave includes one representative from each NVC Ambassador area of focus, an NVC Integration Trustee, a recognized role weave coach, a member of the creating access weave, and has multicultural representation from different parts of the world.
  • Global Weaves for each NVC Ambassador area of focus provide peer living, learning and feedback environments. Members are resources for each other and the global community, representing a variety of cultures where NVC is applied in these specific areas of focus.
  • Weaves may be established for functional roles (i.e. Recognized Role Weave Coaches, NVC Integration Trustees) to provide support for learning, growth and consistency.

NVC-O Public Profiles and Intranet on the Virtual Home:

The use of an online profile for each NVC-O recognized NVC Practitioner and Ambassador will provide a self-managed and community engaged process for individuals to specify the particular NVC applications they are involved in as well as being a platform for feedback and recommendations. This resource will allow access to anyone with internet access to find people who are practicing and applying NVC in particular fields, contexts and cultures as well as information on degree and type of experience and recommendations.

Public online information could include:

  • NVC training received
  • Cultural contexts in which one applies NVC
  • Areas of focus where one applies NVC (real world applications)
    • Conflict Transformation
    • Education
    • Family
    • Health Care
    • Media and Communication (includes translation)
    • NVC Integration (current “Certified Trainers”)
    • Organizations and Communities
    • Structural Power Inequity
    • System Development and Transformation
  • Specific processes one is versed in
  • System development and experience
  • Results of NVC application over time
  • How one wants to support others
  • Recommendations from other NVC-O Recognized Practitioners and Ambassadors
  • Recommendations/feedback from general public

Private Virtual Home capabilities could include:

  • Personal correspondence with colleagues for feedback
  • Collaboration coordination
  • Celebrations/Mournings

Functional Roles to Support Recognized Role Weave Infrastructure

1) Global Role Recognition Stewardship Council Member

  • Job description: to track integrity, evolution, intercultural applications, access, practices, processes and weave support.
  • How chosen:
    • Initially chosen from CNVC Certified Trainers or individuals with comparable experience who are chosen through a sociocratic election process within the Implementation Council. Initial terms to be 1, 2 or 3 years (to vary rotation on/off GRRSC).
    • On-going- GRRSC members are chosen through a sociocratic election process within national recognized role weaves and/or GRRSC. 3-yr terms.
  • Onboarding: Initially it will involve learning from each other and sharing expertise in their area of focus (e.g. the creating access weave representative sharing about access, power and privilege; the NVC Integration Trustee sharing about the focus of that work, etc.). This process will be developed by the first GRRSC based on the issues they discover are relevant to their roles.

2) Recognized Role Weave Coach

  • Job description: support for weave system set-up, maintenance and conflict transformation within and between weaves. Weave coaches also provide feedback for individuals and communities as requested and/or desired.
  • How chosen:
    • initially chosen from CNVC Certified Trainers or individuals with comparable experience who are chosen through a sociocratic election process within the Implementation Council.
    • On-going: weave coaches are chosen through a sociocratic election process within national recognized role weaves and/or GRRSC.
  • Onboarding: Be a participant in an organisational ‘weave coach’ weave where each participant with 1 yr. or less experience as a weave coach is supported by a mentor, and receives guidance in system set-up and conflict transformation as needed. Weave coaches will receive training on issues of power/oppression by an NVC-O recognized NVC Ambassador with personal experience of having lived and navigated the experience of being a person with less privilege and power. Members of the weave share experiences for on-going learning in contextualized NVC systems and practices throughout the world.

3) NVC Integration Trustee (current “assessor”)

  • Job description: supports weaves in engaging in open feedback for embodying and applying NVC as well as discernment of NVC integrity. NVC Integration Trustees also provide feedback to individuals seeking recognized roles and are part of the 360 degree feedback process in recognized role weaves. Integration Trustees may have one or more recognized role weaves they are supporting.
  • How chosen:
    • initially chosen from CNVC Certified Trainers, not only current Assessors, who are chosen through a sociocratic election process within the Implementation Council.
    • On-going: NVC Integration Trustees are chosen from NVC-O Ambassadors through a sociocratic election process within national affiliation weaves and GRRSC.
  • Onboarding: use process developed by CCC (Certification Core Council) now initially. Use criteria from current certification materials for sociocratic elections. Be a participant in an organizational Integration Trustee weave where each Integration Trustee of less than a year apprentices with an Integration Trustee that has been working in that role for more than a year. Integration Trustees will receive training on issues of power/oppression (including the impact of their structural power and how it plays out in the process of recognition) by an NVC-O recognized NVC Ambassador with personal experience of having lived and navigated the experience of being a person with less privilege and power. Members share experiences for on-going learning in contextualized NVC systems and practices throughout the world.

Possible Challenges and Questions:

1. How will you be able to establish weaves that function as peer collaborative communities in low-density areas? Weaves will use all options available in any given area to establish relationships and community. That might include in-person gatherings (with some members traveling) when practical, as well as technological options like those provided in the virtual home. Some weaves will have members from various continents. For example, the current Trainer Candidate Community Path (TCCP) could become a RR weave with members from the US, Canada, Uganda, Venezuela and Myanmar.

2. How do you support weaves holding to high levels of integrity in their selection of those serving in recognized roles and not having it become a popularity contest? We are hoping the specificity of qualities/behaviors that we are seeking in those taking on recognized roles (matrix and core commitments) will support clarity on what the roles mean and what mutual experiences we are asking people to speak to. The integrity of the feedback process is key to this. Co-creating a culture where open, honest feedback is seen as a gift is developed over time and will be supported by weave coaches as well as NVC Integration Trustees. Established weaves that have developed a culture of open honest feedback can also be resources for newly forming weaves.

3. How do you address the cultural norms in many parts of the world that make open, honest feedback challenging? Weave coaches and representatives from Creating Access weaves will work together with communities to understand the needs met through honest feedback as well as the specific cultural ways that those needs could be met with strategies that work for everyone.

4. How will the weaves fit into the NVC-O community and NVC-O organization? The GRRSC will be part of the NVC-O organization. RR Weaves may be as well (meaning members have taken steps to become Partners). It is likely that most of the RR weaves will be part of the NVC-O community. This is work for the Integration Council.

5. Can you walk me through an example of how someone would start from no NVC experience to become a NVC Ambassador? Suppose I’m a 25 year-old woman in Kampala, Uganda who found Marshall’s book and caught the NVC bug. I read everything I can, listen to NVC downloads, get the workbook and pretty soon I have a practice group of 5 people regularly attending. We as a group decide we want to live this more so we seek to become a RR weave within NVC-O. We get connected with a RR weave coach, co-create the systems infrastructure, connect with an NVC Integration Trustee and become a ‘recognized role’ weave (this may need to happen virtually). If possible, we also connect with local NVC Ambassadors for learning and growth. Our group is taking on a project of bringing NVC in to a local school, we are working to integrate these skills into our home lives and we practice with each other, learning and getting feedback from each other. We seek out connection with and learning from other Partners and weaves, gathering with the recognized role clusters when possible for extended community. Along with the NVC Integration Trustee, we decide when we are ready to take on the recognized role of NVC Practitioners. If I want to become an NVC Ambassador, I continue work in the area of focus I choose and become a member of a RR weave. I continue to embody NVC and apply NVC in that area. When I feel ready and the feedback from my weave(s) is consistent with the criteria for NVC Ambassador role, then I step into that role.

6. What is meant by “community?” Is there flexibility? It’s how we already operate in many places in the world. This proposal relies on what we are already living- practice groups, assessors group, trainer groups (DACH, BayNVC, etc). We are building off what is already our strength. Community weaves have room to be designed in many different ways.

7. NVC-O strongly encourages all Practitioners and Ambassadors to attend events and to remain fully active in the community on an ongoing basis, to contribute to others’ learning, to strengthen connection in the Community and to continue their own learning and growth.