Two weeks ago I was privileged to be at an amazing international event on the island of Gozo where I was fortunate to spend some time in workshops with Marshall Rosenberg, the developer of Nonviolent Communication. One of the things that Marshall said that stuck in my mind — and, you know, I’ve been studying NVC for about a year now — was that there were “about nine” basic human needs. I’ve seen various needs lists, including the one at CNVC.org, and none of them had given me such a compact view of needs. I imagined them laid out on a noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) board and made a note in my journal to find out what those nine high-level categories were.
It seemed like a little, insignificant thing; I’ve been back a fortnight and only got round to it this morning because I’m feeling a little unwell and spent some time taking care of my own needs. But man, what a significant morning that one to-do list item has lead to!
- download it and put it on your iPod!
It is an excellent explanation of NVC, very well produced with two interviewers, tow actors and a live audience interacting with Marshall, this makes it more fun, in my experience, than some of CNVC’s own CDs and audio shows with Marshall. Marshall talks about the nine needs and attributes them to the research work of Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef. Max-Neef and his followers map the nine fundamental human needs onto a grid where each is examined from four perspectives: being, doing, having and interacting. The resulting grid is well explained on this page at rainforestinfo.org.