|Marshall B. Rosenberg|
October 6, 1934|
Canton, Ohio, United States
|Residence||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Madison (Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 1961)|
|Known for||Nonviolent Communication|
Marshall Rosenberg (born October 6, 1934) is an American psychologist and the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully. He is the founder and former Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international non-profit organization.
Rosenberg was born in Canton, Ohio. His parents; Jean (Weiner) Rosenberg and Fred Rosenberg, moved to Detroit, Michigan one week prior to the race riots of 1943. He graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit.
In 1961, Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in 1966 was awarded Diplomate status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the Center for Nonviolent Communication's office is located.
While Rosenberg is most well known for his work with conflict resolution through his system of "life-serving" Nonviolent Communication (NVC), he has also made education reform a major component of his work.
Building on the ideas of Neil Postman, Riane Eisler, Walter Wink, Carl Rogers, and others, Rosenberg's contribution to this field involves reforming schools into "Life-Enriching" organizations, with the following characteristics:
- The people are empathically connected to what each is feeling and needing—-they do not blame themselves or let judgments implying wrongness obscure this connection to each other.
- The people are aware of the interdependent nature of their relationships and value the others’ needs being fulfilled equally to their own needs being fulfilled—-they know that their needs cannot be met at someone else’s expense.
- The people take care of themselves and each other with the sole intention of enriching their lives—they are not motivated by, nor do they use coercion in the form of guilt, shame, duty, obligation, fear of punishment, or hope for extrinsic rewards.
The goals of such schools being
- make life more wonderful
- get everyone's needs met
- connect with self and others
- motivate through the joy of natural giving, i.e., contributing to the well-being of others
- learning how to receive freely from others
This is in contrast with traditional "domination culture" schools which
- prove who's right and who's wrong (e.g., grades)
- teach students how to obey authority
- dispense labels, evaluations, diagnoses, and moralistic judgements (e.g., Learning disabled, Special Needs, Emotionally disturbed, Culturally disadvantaged, Hyperactive, ADD, etc.)
- Motivate desired behavior through punishment, reward, guilt, shame, duty, or obligation.
Rosenberg borrows the phrase "Dominator Culture" from Riane Eisler and builds upon Walter Wink's theory that we have lived under a domination-culture paradigm for about 8,000 years. Rosenberg says this culture utilizes a specialized language and system of education to allow a small minority to rule over the vast majority of the people, so that the majority is not serving their own life-needs, but serving their masters'.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication emerged out of work Rosenberg was doing with civil rights activists in the early 1960s. During this period he provided mediation and communication skills training to communities working to desegregate schools and other public institutions.
He is a member of the Honorary Board of the International Coalition for the Decade for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (2001–2010)
As of 2004:
- Nonviolent Communication training has been available in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Malaysia, India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia, France, and Canada, as well as in the United States.
- Peace activists have used Nonviolent Communication in such war-torn and/or economically disadvantaged countries as Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Brazil, Russia, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Serbia, and Croatia.
- 2006: Bridge of Peace Nonviolence Award from the Global Village Foundation
- 2005: Light of God Expressing in Society Award from the Association of Unity Churches
- 2004: Religious Science International Golden Works Award
- 2004: International Peace Prayer Day Man of Peace Award by the Healthy, Happy Holy (3HO) Organization
- 2000: International Listening Association Listener of the Year Award
See also 
Books by Rosenberg 
Articles about Rosenberg and NVC 
- Rosenberg, Marshall B., Life-Enriching Education, 2003, Puddle Dancer Press
- Center For Nonviolent Communication
- Big Picture TV Free video clip of Marshall Rosenberg discussing Nonviolent Communication
- Interview with Marshall Rosenberg about Nonviolent Communication in close relationships
- PuddleDancer Press: the main publisher of Nonviolent Communication related works
- Giving from the heart Excerpt from the book Nonviolent Communication: A language of life
- Wiki for Nonviolent Communication
- Marshall Rosenberg Library
- Marshall Rosenberg video clips on youtube
- TruceWorks A conflict resolution website influenced by his Nonviolent Communication Theory