Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Nonviolent Communication & NVC Mediation Resources

Our free, monthly ‘dialogue lab’ tele-practice group (w/ iGiraffe) has an affiliated Street Giraffes blog — which also serves as a cache of heuristic materials for further, self-discovered, self-appropriated exploration.  The intention of both the blog and group format is to blend complementary modalities, such as interweaving Focusing and Mindfulness, towards the end of each having an opportunity to carve out their own, individuated path (as an NVC practitioner).
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‘An NVC practice as dustpan & brush…’
– Kit Miller 

Dust Pan and BrushComposting from the grist of our everyday lives

Ike Lasater of Mediate Your Life (at about the 7 minute mark, beneath): “And, of course, you can use these skills in your day to day life…We use mediation as the metaphor, but this is really about mediating your life:  how to go from the conflicts within your head, to conflicts with other people, to supporting — by lending your skills — to people who are in conflict.”

John Kinyon’s

3Chairs Project for Difficult Conversations That Change Our World


Vision & Mission

The vision of the 3Chairs Project is a critical mass of people around the world working together to respond to the challenges we face, and creating a peaceful, healthy, and sustainable world.

The mission of the project is people having difficult and important conversations — personal, work, political — using a “3 chairs” structure and process that brings mindful awareness, compassion and collaboration to these conversations. It’s about hearing and understanding each other in our differences and our pain, without needing to agree, and connecting at the level of our shared humanity to contribute to one another’s well being. It’s about having conversations that change us, that create the life and relationships we want, and that move us toward the world we envision… (continues)

 Giraffe_feeding,_Tanzania_cropMuhammad Mahdi Karim

Supported Conversations

Along with facilitating the tele-practice group, and for about the same length of time (since 2011), I’ve been a practitioner of NVC Mediation and would welcome any inquiries as to how it might be supportive to you.
John Kinyon and Ike Lasater pioneered this mediation branch of NVC, something they’ve characterized (on their blog and elsewhere) as learning how to Mediate Your Life, which includes exploration of both internal and external conflicts.  (I truly don’t think I would have learned NVC without it.)
(Beneath courtesy of the work of NVC Mediation pioneers John Kinyon & Ike LasaterFounders – Mediate Your Life)

John Kinyon, “Three chairs can change your life…”

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Taking the Third Chair – Mediate Your Life

Excerpt (via John Kinyon):  “Three chairs can change your life.  In the world of professional dispute resolution, the three chairs represent two disputants and a mediator.  In our Mediate Your Life training, you learn to ‘take the third chair.’  From this perspective, you perceive a different reality.  You become more centered and effective in responding to life’s challenges and conflicts…. Seeing the situation from the third chair can be very difficult.  Although obvious and simple at one level, the shift in perspective is a radical one that goes deeper and deeper.  I have at times found it quite challenging — and also extremely valuable — to live this out in my own life…” (continues)

See also:  The Self-Connection Process and “Taking the 3rd Chair” in Difficult Conversations – by John Kinyon

5 Steps of NVC-Mediation – by Ike Lasater

Essay by Ike Lasater:
What is NVC Mediation? A Powerful Model for Healing and Reconciling Conflict

Lasater, “To be a human being is to regularly be in conflict with oneself and others…” (continues)

Ike & John’s Approach to NVC Mediation

9 Skills of NVC-Mediation – by Ike Lasater

John Kinyon on NVC-Mediation

Additional videos:  MediateYourLife

Whether you may be interested in learning more through a one-on-one conversation, or possibly even getting a sense of how it works in practice, please feel free to send an email to me so that we might set up a time to speak.

Free Consultation:  Contact Us Here

Albrecht Dürer - Three Peasants in Conversation (NGA 1943.3.3473)Three Peasants in Conversation by  Albrecht Dürer
(courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

More … @MediateOnesLife

Several mediators that I would recommend:

Godfrey Spencer

Aya Caspi

Glyn Conlon

Kate Raffin

Our referrals for mediation &/or mentoring/coaching are logistically feasible through phone/Skype, however you might also find mediators locally through contacting CNVC or Mediate Your Life directly.
Additional Resources:
CNVC certified trainers (directory) | The Center for Nonviolent Communication
About Mediate Your Life Training – Founders/Blog/Handouts
Papillon n&bCredit:  Meul

Lastly, I intend to occasionally write blog entries detailing my own, more idiosyncratic ‘experiments with truth’ — a kind of mediate-one’s-life diary — which will blend my experiences as a street giraffe practitioner with other, more personal-as-political preoccupations.  I’ll post a link to the first entry here, shortly.