The Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio (CCCO) imagines a community where violence is virtually non-existent; where people interact with each other in a way that everyone's needs are equally valued; where heart connections are the rule, not the exception. Relationships are characterized by respect and trust.
CCCO is part of an international movement for nonviolence developed by Marshall Rosenberg over a period of 40 years. It exists in over 30 countries around the world. The nonviolent philosophy follows the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The actual nonviolent communication process is practical and transforming for individuals, families, and organizations. CCCO was established in Columbus in 2005 by a coalition of 21 people committed to fostering nonviolence through teaching and dissemination of the nonviolent communication process. This led to incorporation as a nonprofit in 2006. CCCO annually provides trainings, retreats, orientations, and study groups, hosting local and national conferences featuring certified nonviolent trainers. CCCO hosted the world renowned psychologist and founder, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, twice as it began its work.
CCCO has intimately impacted over 4,000 residents of central Ohio and beyond. The need for CCCO continues to grow. We are requesting support from all who desire to make a difference and contribute to creating a more compassionate world. Our organization is committed to making a difference in all facets of our community. We are discovering that people are attracted to our NVC offerings from areas throughout the U.S. and beyond. Our aim is to influence those community systems--education, health, justice, workforce--that most directly affect people's lives, especially the children and adults most vulnerable and at risk. We are focused on working with the general public and also the public and private organizations which, when transformed, would be most beneficial to the community.
After years of practicing dozens of modalities for social change, personal development, and spirituality, we have never seen a system as comprehensive and transformative as Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Many people's lives permanently change as a result of practicing NVC. NVC can be adapted and applied to any situation in life--business, family, community, politics, or our relationship with ourselves.
NVC is a life-changing way of interacting that facilitates the flow of communication needed to exchange information and resolve differences peacefully. With its focus on human feelings and needs, NVC emphasizes emotional intelligence over intellectual analysis in expressing what is going on in people. With its reliance on objective observations rather than evaluations, NVC avoids making people defend themselves from value-laden judgments. By employing clear requests in place of demands, NVC allows everyone to meet their needs on their own terms.