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From recent community members:
I was fortunate enough to attend the assessment in England this October 2018. Though I have participated to several IIT’s and other trainings, I can say from the bottom of my heart how my needs for intensity, exchange, knowledge, support, connection, exploration and many more have been met in only four days. I look back with a lot of gratitude to this assessment as a community member and I truly hope and plan to be present at many more to come.
After my participation to the assessment in October 2018, I just want to say Thank you again for this beautiful space of encouraging people to spread the work of Marshall Rosenberg around the world.
🍀From France Pierre Vigneron
From a recent candidates:
A few days have passed and the amazement is still inside me! Also, lots of gratitude and satisfaction. As the time passes by, what becomes more and more clear for me is the amount and quality of support I got from all the people who were present there: the assessors team, the candidates team, the community members. This support and care helped me a lot in exploring and playing with my learning edges. The pre-assessment and the assessment were evaluation experiences completely different than what I was used to from the traditional school system. And my mind expected it to be different, but the effect it had on my whole system is huge and I am still very surprised by it. It is like somehow the assessment process changed me on a deeper level. My amount of confidence, willingness to offer support to others and willingness to contribute in general almost doubled after this event; or at least this is my perception. I am especially grateful to the team of assessors for designing this type of event and to hold it. I can only guess that designing such an evaluation environment that is based on the principles behind NVC is not at all a trivial task. Also, holding the space during the whole event and during some sessions; especially the fact that I perceived the support from them being exactly as much as I needed to stay in my learning zone but not moving into my panic zone, where learning would not happen so much. And my guess is that this environment engouraged us all, on a subconscious level, to hold and nurture each other, becoming a community in just a few days. If I hadn't been going through this process, probably I would have never have known what I have missed 🙂 Octavian 6th of November 2018, Lasi, Romania Participated in the Assessment between 31st of October to 3rd of November 2018
I have been recently (March 2018) through the final assessment process for NVC certification, in Europe.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my assessor Gina Lawrie and to the whole European English Speaking Assessment team (Towe Widstrand, Gina Lawrie, Deborah Bellamy, Shona Cameron and Thera Belvers), and that tracks back to the CNVC. I am aware that my words cannot reflect the value of this particular assessment process in a way that it would be easy for others who were not there to grasp what exactly I am appreciating, and why I find it globally meaningful. However, I would like to know how my sharing lands with you, and if you find it valuable for others, please share it.
I am deeply amazed with ways how the assessor’s team cooperates and how they have worked out repeatable steps for the whole assessment process, from the first contact to the final community assessment gathering. I appreciate the built-in self-improvement model for the assessors themselves, and how they have already incorporated 360 degree feedback for the candidates. As I attended as a community member before, I could notice how they had constantly integrated feedback from participants in the assessment process to embrace even more diversity and to serve more efficiently to their purpose as the nvc integrity fire keepers.
There is a particular quality of this process that I value most. I have experienced/received extraordinary amount of safety, support and care – “we want you to succeed”, incomparably more than ever before in my life, for sure I had none of this in correlation to my education. I had no idea that we humans are capable of providing such nurturing experience for each other. I had no idea about ease and speed of growth for a person/community in such environment, where people got together to caringly serve each other by sharing, being vulnerable and giving honest, thorough feedback – not to evaluate the other, but to precisely shed light on learning edges and to set guiding stones for one’s reference in the future. For me this experience itself models how I want to live and share nvc.
I hope this practice will be a basis for the new future plans, built upon rather than replaced. I truly hope that their kind of assessment process will continue to serve as the basic "walk the talk" model for living and sharing nonviolence.