Leonie Smith: Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for the Rest of Us

Tuesday, September 15th
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

A nonviolent approach acknowledges a reality that is often not named in social justice spaces—that we are all in the same soup, shaped by white supremacist culture and shaped by dominant systems that fail to nurture belonging for people who have been marginalized. The same can be said for Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a modality for connection and communication that takes its inspiration, in part, from nonviolence. NVC has enriched the lives of many individuals and communities, yet, communities of colour and other people who have been marginalized often feel alienated by conventional NVC culture.

We will explore:
  • What is Nonviolent Communication?
  • How can we find community to step into deep practice of NVC and principles of nonviolence?
  • How can we show proper care for naming the roots and influences of NVC anchored in communities of colour?
  • How can we hold care for ourselves when being confronted by racism and
    oppression?
  • How can NVC support responding to racism and other forms of oppression?
  • How can we communicate with clarity and in a way that affirms our commitment to social justice without othering those who are elsewhere in their journey?

This event will happen virtually using the Zoom online conferencing platform. If you are not familiar with this platform, click here for instructions.


Leonie Smith
For more than 30 years Leonie Smith, founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, has been working from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive perspective. Her approach is shaped by her own journey to find and build community that welcomes her perspective as a Black Woman, Canadian-born, of Jamaican heritage. She has a deep commitment to anti-oppressive practices, sharing practical ways of applying Nonviolent Communication. She shares her people-centered approach for creating group, team, and organizational systems in service to creating a world that works for all as a community member and through her consultancy, The Thoughtful Workplace.


THIS IS AN EVENT BEING OFFERED IN THE GIFT ECONOMY. NO FEE IS BEING REQUESTED, BUT DONATIONS TO EAST POINT PEACE ACADEMY ARE WELCOME.

To support Leonie and East Point's work, you can donate here: www.eastpointpeace.org/leoniedonate.

WHEN
September 15, 2020 at 10am - 11:30am
WHERE
Zoom Virtual Conferencing
CONTACT
East Point Peace Academy · · (510) 500 7853

Will you come?