Nonviolent Communication offers strategies for building relationships within the community. The focus is on self-acceptance and understanding before being able to accept and understand others. Some of the basic premises are: - Feelings are signals of needs met or unmet - Needs are universal and never in conflict, though strategies for getting needs met may be in conflict sometimes - Becoming aware of and acknowledging our feelings and needs and those of others builds compassion - Making requests rather than demands builds relationships www.cnvc.org