By , Published in Metta Center for Nonviolence, February 13, 2015

I am typing this while listening in on a memory circle—a conference call joined by people all over the planet to memorialize Marshall Rosenberg, the late founder of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Marshall passed from this life last weekend. I knew him best from the years he taught regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, showing advanced students and newcomers alike how to skillfully use language to reconnect with ourselves and others when in conflict or despair.

Marshall authored several books, including the highly popular Nonviolent Communication: A Language of LifeIn 1984, he founded The Center for Nonviolent Communication, which has been instrumental in spreading NVC education. There are hundreds of NVC trainers and trainings around the globe, and people from near and far are calling in to share their memories, gratitude and grief. This call has been going nonstop for over 50 hours by now, indicating the worldwide impact Marshall had through his work. The call also goes to show some of the power of NVC for creating something we could call Beloved Community. (You can join the ongoing call here.)

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