By: John Redmond

A seminar on nonviolent communication will be presented with certified trainer Katherine Singer at the NVC Center in Samcheong-dong, Seoul, Oct.24-25.

Nonviolent communication (NVC), sometimes called compassionate communication, is an approach to speaking and listening that enables people to communicate more effectively and has been helpful to many around the world.

This introductory seminar will feature Singer, a Korean who is fluent in English, who brought NVC to Korea in 2003.

The NVC is a global nonprofit organization founded in the 1960s by Marshall Rosenberg. The vision is a world where all people get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully.

Rosenberg grew up in a turbulent Detroit neighborhood, and from a very young age he wanted to find a way of speaking that would decrease the occurrence of physical and verbal violence.

“If there is an answer to the enormous problems before us, it is to seek the solutions that will meet the needs of all concerned. This is not utopian idealism. I have seen such solutions created over and over again around the world,” Rosenberg stated.

The seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost 200,000 won, or 140,000 won for repeaters.

The NVC center is at 18 Samcheongno 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul.