Vérčne Nicolas

Inner Resources for Social Change




In my mind, embodying nonviolence in our actions, words, thoughts and structures rely on four elements:

  • Understanding the principles (or philosophy) of nonviolence and collaboration;
  • Inquiring into what gets in the way of collaboration and what might help us transition
    from cultures of fear to cultures of trust;
  • Learning and practicing the skills of the art of nonviolent or collaborative leadership;
  • Forming communities of support and practice as it can take years to master this art.

Practices underpinning this work are:

•Training for Transformation, founded by Sally Timmel and Anne Hope – a radical approach to community development, rooted in liberation theology, popular education and many other fields of practice.

-Nonviolent Communication, founded by Marshall Rosenberg, American psychologist and author of “Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life”. I am a Centre for Nonviolent Communication Certified trainer.

• My main teacher in the field of nonviolent leadership is Miki Kashtan, co-founder of BayNVC  and author of "Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness - Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives". Her blog is the Fearless Heart

Courage work  or "Circles of Trust", developed by developed by Quaker author and educator Parker J. Palmer.

Many other writers and practitioners in the fields of nonviolence, spiritual renewal, organisational change, community empowerment, transformative learning and conflict resolution inspire my work.

Some references can be found in Resources.