PNDC for Social Change Organizations

Training Context & Overview

While time has often proven the wisdom of the voices of people seeking social change, their efforts have frequently been met with massive resistance and, too often, violence. Using traditional communication methods, we often get get discouraged, defensive and in power struggle, which can make us look radical, even immature, rather than wise. Sharon Strand Ellison has developed a paradigm for communication that defuses defensiveness rather than prompting it, building bridges instead of intensifying alienation. With these skills, you don't need other people's cooperation to show strength of character and influence wider circles of people, furthering the momentum toward constructive social evolution—for equality, for environmental conservation, and for peace. More . . .

Client List

Conference Keynotes, such as The Human Capacity for Peace Conference: What is the Power of Nonviolent Language and Action, From the Individual to Global Settings, UC Berkeley, CA; International Symposium on Human Dignity and Humiliations Studies, Columbia University, New York; Facing a Challenge Within: A Progressive Scholars and Activists Conference on Anti-Semitism and the Left, Oakland, CA; and the Women’s Global Health Imperative. Organizations, such as the Violence Prevention Coalition, The Napa Peace Table, and Stir Fry Productions, producers of the diversity film, The Color of Fear. Special Projects, such as the Empowerment Project for Women Prisoners and New Community Meeting, bringing together LGBT leaders with conservative, right wind Christian leaders. More . . .

Comments from People Committed to Social Change

“tremendous impact" … "the surprise is that the peace model is much more powerful and effective than the war model"…"how to speak with clarity without being defensive or attacking"…"facilitate[s] sensitive communications about differences in race, religion, class status . . . people feeling connected instead of alienated, and enlightened instead of embattled" . . . "almost any [grass-roots organization] could benefit"…"a powerful tool for liberation"… "I hope she reaches a critical mass, so we can all improve our lives personally and globally"…"nothing short of revolutionary"…"our next evolutionary step." More . . . Signed Comments

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"It’s very depressing to live in a time where it’s easier to break an atom than a prejudice."

 —Albert Einstein


"We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

 —Albert Einstein


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 —Audre Lorde



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