NVC for the Next Generation

Jim and Jori Manske are internationally renowned trainers, mediators, facilitators and mentors. They have been married and working closely together for over 36 years with an intention to create cooperative systems that serve the well-being of all concerned. Jori Manske, BA in Social Work from the University of New York, Buffalo, served as Interim Director of The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) from January 2006 until May 2007, and on the CNVC Board of Directors. Jim Manske, BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia, Minor in Psychology, has contributed directly to many emerging NVC communities worldwide, earning him respect within the CNVC community. In June 2008, both Jori and Jim completed their year and a half term as inaugural leaders of the Global Community Circle (GCC) for The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), supporting the growth and well-being of communities in the worldwide CNVC network. Together Jori and Jim created Peaceworks, their mediation and NVC inspired business, and helped to found The Network for Nonviolent Communication, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that funds NVC NextGen. They co-authored The Pathways to Liberation, a developmental tool that increases quality of life and transforms relationships. They each have certifications in Mediation and Public Meeting Facilitation, as well as certifications in Nonviolent Communication (CNVC Certified Trainers, since 2003) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). They serve their community through training, mentoring, mediation, and have supported organizations including federal, state, city, tribal and private agencies. Jori and Jim have facilitated programs in many local, national and international schools a well as organizations that serve families and children. They have been hired to train in mediation and communication skills in the US, Central America, Asia and Europe, including Mediation Services of the Pacific, Inc., Hawaii. Currently living in Haiku, Maui, Jim and Jori are contributing to Hawaii NVC and the Network for Nonviolent Communication, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. They currently offer weekly practice groups in Maui which include a free NVC parenting course where parents learn the skills to connect with their child and one another. They instruct “Mediation Dojo” which is a practice group where lessons cover the essential elements needed in order to begin to use the NVC process during conflict situations. They also facilitate “Maui Open Hearted Drop-In Group”, which is a course teaching individuals the skills to increase competence and confidence in awareness, empathic listening, and compassionate expression. Jori and Jim both remain eager to discover new ways of supporting leadership and compassion.

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