Scope of the NGL Approach

The program is designed to incorporate, in some fashion, the following aspects:

  • Specific articulation of vision in all areas of life, including prioritizing working towards vision
  • A framework for internal work based on liberation from the effects of socialization and the trauma of 7,000 years of patriarchy and its offspring systems (e.g. capitalism, slavery, white supremacy, the oppression of children, and more), which includes:
    • Understanding the role that money plays within our consciousness and structures
    • Engaging with specific consciousness transformation milestones
    • Choosing inner freedom
    • Identifying the “no brainer”, strategic discomfort, and “no way” zones across each area of development towards liberation
    • Integrating mind, heart, body, and soul
    • Willingness to risk consequences
  • Purpose-driven and values-guided living
  • A method for engaging in dialogue based on the following principles:
    • Allowing dialogue to emerge from purpose
    • Speaking the deepest truth possible with the most care possible
    • Asking questions that support connection and move towards purpose
    • Listening empathically before responding
  • A framework for understanding and living collaborative leadership, including detailed perspectives on the meaning and conscious use of power
    • Power as the capacity to mobilize resources to attend to needs
    • Distinguishing between having power and using power
    • Shifting from power-over to power-with ways of using power, such that autonomous participation in decision-making is more and more the norm, including in particular encouraging dissent, especially when having power
  • An approach to money that includes:
    • Understanding the role that money plays within our consciousness and structures
    • Practices for finding ways of living with integrity in the systems that currently exist
    • An unfolding experiment with creating gift-economy islands within the existing global capitalism context
  • An approach to understanding and engaging with power and privilege internally, in relationships, within organizations, and in society
  • A method for organizational development and consulting based on:
    • Collaboration at the internal, interpersonal, team, and systemic levels
    • A clear articulation of the foundations of organizational function: vision, purpose, mission, values, and theory of change
    • Making explicit the systems necessary for organization function: decision-making, resource allocation, information flow, feedback loops, and conflict resolution.
    • A needs-assessment method for purpose and values alignment, including ways of identifying which systems would be the priority
    • Supporting a shift in all systems from implicit to explicit; from imposed to voluntary; and from authority-based to collaboration-based, including specific tools for supporting these shifts
      • Decision-making processes: internal discernment; advice process; interpersonal collaboration; group decision-making (Convergent Facilitation)
      • Resource allocation frames: supporting a shift from merit to need and from competition to collaborative use of resources
      • Information flow enhancement: increasing integrity and reducing fear as key to effectiveness in relevant information being shared transparently and easily accessible
      • Feedback processes: shifting from criticism and reward/punishment to collaborative learning about how to improve function
      • Conflict resolution: transcending conflict avoidance and implicit retribution to establish conditions for restorative processes; bringing systemic awareness to any mediated conflict
    • Specialized training modules (e.g. collaborative decision-making, feedback giving and receiving, mediation, meeting facilitation, difficult conversations, etc.)
    • Trust-building events
    • An approach to individual coaching
  • A detailed approach for supporting nonviolent social change incorporating both Nonviolent Communication and nonviolence more generally with a fairly robust curriculum and syllabus focusing on the following:
    • The inner work of nonviolence (overlapping with other elements within the overall body of work)
    • Interpersonal skills for social change agents (dialogue capacities, especially across differences)
    • Working within groups (including much of what’s in the organizational work and more)
    • Engaging with systemic change from an integrated nonviolent approach (including focusing on and working towards vision; strategic approaches to campaign design; constructive program; and more)
  • Convergent Facilitation as a unique method for collaborative group decision-making
  • An overall approach to facilitating groups based on years of self-observation and feedback from groups facilitated
  • An approach to understanding, living, and sharing Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
    • Understanding: NVC as a theoretical framework for making sense of the world; a methodology for inner liberation; an approach for interpersonal relationships; a set of tools for a variety of specific applications (e.g. mediation, organizational development, personal healing); and practice methods for consciousness integration and beyond
    • Living: focus on the purpose at hand using NVC principles and practices that align with the purpose; detailed and specific methods for naturalizing the language used in speech
    • Sharing: Explicitly or implicitly sharing a principle-based path to identifying the application, the challenges, and from there the principles and practices most suited for bringing NVC forward most effectively and with least potential resistance
  • A detailed approach to making sense of how the world operates based on decades of reading, study, conversations, and writing