What we offer

Learning opportunities

To delve into the principles we work with and learn what’s possible through live learning or our immense library of resources

With the exception of extremely few people who still live in intact, indigenous, matriarchal societies, all of us have been socialized away from this way of being that is cellularly imprinted, and made to fit into societies that function on the basis of scarcity, separation, and powerlessness.

One of the foundations of our work within the Nonviolent Global Liberation community (NGL) is an unwavering trust that a different way of living is entirely possible and that we can make these shifts, both individually and collectively, and fully restore our capacity to live in flow, togetherness, and choice. Not in the sky, not in an afterlife, and not somewhere else: here, now, with each other, in ever widening circles.

Although NGL has only existed since 2017, a number of us have been experimenting and teaching for years before. The recent years have accelerated our own learning and our resulting toolkit, and we share all we know in courses that are all offered on a gift economy basis.

We also have a wealth of resources, including audio and video recordings, hundreds of written articles, a few books, a few dozen learning packets covering the entire range of the NGL framework, and a self-study course in a unique approach to Nonviolent Communication. With the exception of all printed books and some of the electronic version of the books, all this is available on the Fearless Heart website on a gift economy basis, without a paywall, though we make requests for contribution for some of them.

These are 2-hour intensive dips on different topics each month, covering the entire range of what we engage with within NGL, from the most intimate aspects of individual living to grappling with questions about global governance.

 

They are offered by Miki Kashtan at rotating times and by others within their networks. You can learn more and register here.

These are short-term ongoing series offered a few times a year. NVC for Liberation is an approach to sharing Nonviolent Communication that connects the basic building blocks of NVC to the legacy of nonviolence and brings in a systemic lens that supports learning and compassion.

 

They are offered by Verene Nicolas, Menaka Neotia, and several others within NGL. You can learn more here. You can also delve into some of the materials in the “NVC as a Path of Liberation” packet.

These are six-week introductions to this framework which are offered a few times a year. The Vision Mobilization (VM) framework is how we organize into one coherent whole all of the original work that came from Miki Kashtan and is now the NGL framework, as well as all that we have continued to work with and develop within NGL. This framework supports any of us in moving towards vision from wherever we are.

 

These are offered by Emma Quayle, Eddy Quinn, and A. Yaren Köse, with support from others within NGL. You can learn more here. You can also delve into some of the materials in the “Mobilizing toward Vision” packet.

An intensive facilitation training for realigning humanity with life

 

The purpose of the Weaving Togetherness Lab is to support the emergence of a tight-knit group of people who see themselves as a force for realigning humanity with life through weaving togetherness everywhere they are.

 

The primary form that we intend learning to take is live, emergent, and dialogical, leaning on role playing situations and facilitation with coaching from Miki and others.

 

They are offered by Miki and a small group of NGL practitioners who are, in turn, coached by Miki. You can learn more and register here.

These calls are offered at least monthly and are an opportunity for people who are yearning for companionship to immerse deeply in the experience of nonviolence and the rigor of its implications for activism.

 

They are offered by Miki Kashtan and co-held with Madi Loustalot and Mariam Gafforio. You can learn more and register here. You can also find much that we engage with in two the “Nonviolence as an Orientation to Life” and “Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past” packets.

This is a yearlong course that is an opportunity for deep dive into what it means to step into the fullness of our power to act as leaders in times of great peril for humanity and all life. Participants are from all over the globe. In 2024, there are close to 400 people registered, of whom about 100 come every week. This may seem like a lot, and yet the sense of community and intimacy is palpable.

 

This course has been offered by Miki Kashtan annually since since 2017. You can learn more and register here.

This course is an intensive introduction to Convergent Facilitation, a method developed by Miki Kashtan to support groups in making collaborative decisions that work for everyone even when significant divergences or even conflict are present.

 

This course is offered a few times a year by different individuals, often by Roni Weiner and Magda Baranska. You can learn more about these intensives, along with other Convergent Facilitation introductory workshops here, and about Convergent Facilitation in general here. You can also download the book The Highest Common Denominator by Miki Kashtan or buy a physical copy here.

For people who have taken the intensive or have read the book, we are offering ongoing coaching calls in support of actually implementing and facilitating decisions for groups.

 

These are offered by experienced Convergent Facilitators as often as possible. You can learn more and register here.

This offering is not yet available.

 

We are beginning to design these offerings, in which we can share with others the principles and practices we have been using within NGL to do everything we are doing. We aim to do everything within NGL based on willingness and within capacity. This means uncoupling giving from receiving and flowing resources to where they are needed, without any coercion. We have no bosses and no employees. And about 30 people are sustaining themselves in whole or part based on money freely gifted to NGL and shared based on needs. All this is what we want to support others in beginning to use and experiment with elsewhere.

In December 2022 Miki Kashtan, Aurélia Saint Just, and Menaka Neotia offered our first course in this area through the NVC Academy. The particular focus of that course was on integrating this lens into the sharing of Nonviolent Communication. We are planning more courses in this area over the coming period.

This offering is not yet available.

 

Since 2012, Miki Kashtan has been working with organizations using an approach that focuses on aligning five organizational systems with purpose and values: decision making, resource flow, information flow, feedback flow, and conflict engagement. When the Vision Mobilization framework was synthesized, this approach became an integral part of it, both for individuals and for groups, teams, organizations, movements, and communities, supporting them in moving, as a whole, towards their own vision. The course is intended to support people who want to learn how to work with groups and organizations, either those they are part of or those they serve.

We also have a wealth of resources, including audio and video recordings, hundreds of written articles, a few books, a few dozen learning packets covering the entire range of the NGL framework, and a self-study course in a unique approach to Nonviolent Communication. With the exception of all printed books and some of the electronic version of the books, all this is available on the Fearless Heart website on a gift economy basis, without a paywall, though we make requests for contribution for some of them.

These are 2-hour intensive dips on different topics each month, covering the entire range of what we engage with within NGL, from the most intimate aspects of individual living to grappling with questions about global governance.

 

They are offered by Miki Kashtan at rotating times and by others within their networks. You can learn more and register here.

These are short-term ongoing series offered a few times a year. NVC for Liberation is an approach to sharing Nonviolent Communication that connects the basic building blocks of NVC to the legacy of nonviolence and brings in a systemic lens that supports learning and compassion.

 

They are offered by Verene Nicolas, Menaka Neotia, and several others within NGL. You can learn more here. You can also delve into some of the materials in the “NVC as a Path of Liberation” packet.

These are six-week introductions to this framework which are offered a few times a year. The Vision Mobilization (VM) framework is how we organize into one coherent whole all of the original work that came from Miki Kashtan and is now the NGL framework, as well as all that we have continued to work with and develop within NGL. This framework supports any of us in moving towards vision from wherever we are.

 

These are offered by Emma Quayle, Eddy Quinn, and A. Yaren Köse, with support from others within NGL. You can learn more here. You can also delve into some of the materials in the “Mobilizing toward Vision” packet.

An intensive facilitation training for realigning humanity with life

 

The purpose of the Weaving Togetherness Lab is to support the emergence of a tight-knit group of people who see themselves as a force for realigning humanity with life through weaving togetherness everywhere they are.

 

The primary form that we intend learning to take is live, emergent, and dialogical, leaning on role playing situations and facilitation with coaching from Miki and others.

 

They are offered by Miki and a small group of NGL practitioners who are, in turn, coached by Miki. You can learn more and register here.

These calls are offered at least monthly and are an opportunity for people who are yearning for companionship to immerse deeply in the experience of nonviolence and the rigor of its implications for activism.

 

They are offered by Miki Kashtan and co-held with Madi Loustalot and Mariam Gafforio. You can learn more and register here. You can also find much that we engage with in two the “Nonviolence as an Orientation to Life” and “Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past” packets.

This is a yearlong course that is an opportunity for deep dive into what it means to step into the fullness of our power to act as leaders in times of great peril for humanity and all life. Participants are from all over the globe. In 2024, there are close to 400 people registered, of whom about 100 come every week. This may seem like a lot, and yet the sense of community and intimacy is palpable.

 

This course has been offered by Miki Kashtan annually since since 2017. You can learn more and register here.

This course is an intensive introduction to Convergent Facilitation, a method developed by Miki Kashtan to support groups in making collaborative decisions that work for everyone even when significant divergences or even conflict are present.

 

This course is offered a few times a year by different individuals, often by Roni Weiner and Magda Baranska. You can learn more about these intensives, along with other Convergent Facilitation introductory workshops here, and about Convergent Facilitation in general here. You can also download the book The Highest Common Denominator by Miki Kashtan or buy a physical copy here.

For people who have taken the intensive or have read the book, we are offering ongoing coaching calls in support of actually implementing and facilitating decisions for groups.

 

These are offered by experienced Convergent Facilitators as often as possible. You can learn more and register here.

This offering is not yet available.

 

We are beginning to design these offerings, in which we can share with others the principles and practices we have been using within NGL to do everything we are doing. We aim to do everything within NGL based on willingness and within capacity. This means uncoupling giving from receiving and flowing resources to where they are needed, without any coercion. We have no bosses and no employees. And about 30 people are sustaining themselves in whole or part based on money freely gifted to NGL and shared based on needs. All this is what we want to support others in beginning to use and experiment with elsewhere.

In December 2022 Miki Kashtan, Aurélia Saint Just, and Menaka Neotia offered our first course in this area through the NVC Academy. The particular focus of that course was on integrating this lens into the sharing of Nonviolent Communication. We are planning more courses in this area over the coming period.

This offering is not yet available.

 

Since 2012, Miki Kashtan has been working with organizations using an approach that focuses on aligning five organizational systems with purpose and values: decision making, resource flow, information flow, feedback flow, and conflict engagement. When the Vision Mobilization framework was synthesized, this approach became an integral part of it, both for individuals and for groups, teams, organizations, movements, and communities, supporting them in moving, as a whole, towards their own vision. The course is intended to support people who want to learn how to work with groups and organizations, either those they are part of or those they serve.

Tools

To put into practice, immediately, to increase capacity

Something basic is not working in how our current systems function. Many of us, all over the globe, know it. And yet most groups and organizations continue to function in the exact same ways that we have inherited from thousands of years of scarcity, separation, and powerlessness. We do this even when we have large visions, when we tell ourselves we will manage to do things differently, or we are actively mobilized to create change.

One of the reasons is that most people don’t know of alternatives.

Here’s where we come in based on our own experience, both within NGL and in working with other organizations and communities. We want to support you in creating the structures that will allow your entire organization to take a leap in the direction of your own vision.

Here’s what it can look like:
Here’s what it can look like:

If you truly want to align your work with vision, we can support you to articulate your vision, discern your values from within it, name your purpose based on actual capacity as it exists within the organization, and then align everything else with these foundations. This is careful and delicate work that is based on deep accompaniment, voluntary participation, and a commitment to truth-telling and discovery. It is likely to take many months and move slowly from system to system so that you can keep functioning and attending to purpose even while the deep realignment is unfolding.

Beyond setting up organizational systems, being able to function in a visionary way requires specific and ongoing practices that re-groove how individuals and teams function. We can support you here through facilitation, accompaniment, and coaching in multiple areas, such as:

 

  • Converting principles to practical steps for the implementation of new systems
  • Reaching collaborative outcomes in areas of high divergence
  • Speaking more truthfully and with utmost care
  • Sharing impacts usefully, including across power differences
  • Integrating the shift to functioning based on needs and willingness

Almost all of us are very far from being fully alive, empowered, creative, and collaborative selves. This is because of how much we have internalized “business as usual” approaches. Shifting to a new way of functioning can often accelerate when the capacity to do so increases instead of only relying on agreements to fill the gaps in capacity. Here are some specific training topics that other organizations have found useful, and we can engage with you in finding others that are more precisely tailored to your needs.

 

  • Giving and receiving useable feedback
  • Engaging in difficult conversations
  • Group and dialogue facilitation
  • Collaborative leadership as care for the whole
  • Collaborating across power differences

 

Our experience is that not every organization is a fit for the approach that we use. Here are some questions for you to consider before approaching us:

 

1. Are you open to aligning means with ends even if it may mean reducing or eliminating profits?

2. Are you committed to functioning on the basis of willingness, without any direct or indirect coercive measures?

3. Do you see the organization embracing the principles of radical transparency?

4. Do you trust that the people working within the organization are open to being pulled towards more empowered choices even if it’s uncomfortable?

5. Is collaboration deeply important to you?

 

If you answered “yes” to all or most of the above, let’s talk. You can contact us here, and one of us will be in touch.

If you truly want to align your work with vision, we can support you to articulate your vision, discern your values from within it, name your purpose based on actual capacity as it exists within the organization, and then align everything else with these foundations. This is careful and delicate work that is based on deep accompaniment, voluntary participation, and a commitment to truth-telling and discovery. It is likely to take many months and move slowly from system to system so that you can keep functioning and attending to purpose even while the deep realignment is unfolding.

Beyond setting up organizational systems, being able to function in a visionary way requires specific and ongoing practices that re-groove how individuals and teams function. We can support you here through facilitation, accompaniment, and coaching in multiple areas, such as:

 

  • Converting principles to practical steps for the implementation of new systems
  • Reaching collaborative outcomes in areas of high divergence
  • Speaking more truthfully and with utmost care
  • Sharing impacts usefully, including across power differences
  • Integrating the shift to functioning based on needs and willingness

Almost all of us are very far from being fully alive, empowered, creative, and collaborative selves. This is because of how much we have internalized “business as usual” approaches. Shifting to a new way of functioning can often accelerate when the capacity to do so increases instead of only relying on agreements to fill the gaps in capacity. Here are some specific training topics that other organizations have found useful, and we can engage with you in finding others that are more precisely tailored to your needs.

 

  • Giving and receiving useable feedback
  • Engaging in difficult conversations
  • Group and dialogue facilitation
  • Collaborative leadership as care for the whole
  • Collaborating across power differences

 

Our experience is that not every organization is a fit for the approach that we use. Here are some questions for you to consider before approaching us:

 

1. Are you open to aligning means with ends even if it may mean reducing or eliminating profits?

2. Are you committed to functioning on the basis of willingness, without any direct or indirect coercive measures?

3. Do you see the organization embracing the principles of radical transparency?

4. Do you trust that the people working within the organization are open to being pulled towards more empowered choices even if it’s uncomfortable?

5. Is collaboration deeply important to you?

 

If you answered “yes” to all or most of the above, let’s talk. You can contact us here, and one of us will be in touch.

Pathways

To support us, join us, and experiment with us

None of us know what, if anything, has the potential to turn around humanity’s march towards massive and unimaginable destruction on planet Earth. The complex, painful, and simple reality is that we don’t actually know, collectively, how to solve any of our global challenges. Beyond mourning this painful reality, we are each called, both individually and collectively, into deep discernment about what is ours to do in this context.

Our own discernment within NGL has led to identifying our purpose: “To integrate nonviolence into the fabric of human life through ongoing live experiments with truth focused on individual and collective liberation.”

Our work is leading us to learn and discover what is possible for humans and how we can function under optimal conditions of high togetherness and high trust, so that we can then share the results of our experimentation – through offering learning opportunities and tools – with others who are in contexts where the conditions are less optimal.

We are eager to grow our capacity to plant seeds, experiment, and gift the results. Is engaging with us in support of what we are doing part of what’s yours to do? Are you pulled towards putting the fullness of your life energy towards closing the gap between the current global crises and fully interdependent living?

Below are links to three of our experiments.

Each of them relates to one pathway of engaging with us.
Are any of them touching your longing for realigning humanity with life?
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