Contributors: Rauschmayer, Felix, Dr. (UFZ - Centre for Environmental Research)
Felix Rauschmayer leads the thematic group on sustainability transitions in the Department of Environmental Politics at the UFZ, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research. As a freelancer, he has been working since 2006 as trainer for NonViolent Communication.
Scientific paper contribution: How degrowth can improve life quality: Using NonViolent Communication
Abstract: The spread of the degrowth movement is hampered by the widespread fear that degrowth severely impedes individual quality of life. This presentation explains the process of NonViolent Communication (NVC), as developed by Marshall Rosenberg, its premises, focus as well as limitations with regard to degrowth issues. NVC has been developed by Marshall Rosenberg as a tool that – through focalizing on connection to oneself and others – helps to achieve and maintain an attitude of Non-Violence (ahimsa). In our societies, people often are alienated of what really is important to them. The alienation is, e.g., furthered through the consumption of goods that meet our needs only for a short term or superficially. Here, NVC can, in a process of 4 steps (observation, emotion, needs, request) help recognize the needs behind the superficial consumption (e.g. of chocolate). NVC as an individual or dialogical process can be a useful tool for individual tensions related to degrowth – it cannot be used in public, unprotected spaces and its use in group processes is limited.