This site was created to share the information that our group has learned from our class, Communicating Peace. Our group, GI Joes, is composed of Amanda Guldbeck, Ana Aguirre, Kirsten Studebaker, and Emily Powell. For the past semester we have been learning about nonviolent communication and how we can use it to make a difference. We've examined nonviolent social movements as well as nonviolent leaders over the course of history and in today's world. We hope you enjoy our site and gain an understanding of how to use nonviolent communication in your life.
I am Amanda Guldbeck and communicating peace is important to me because I care about the people around me, whether they be close family or a new acquaintance. I want to enrich my relationships and meet people's needs in the way that I communicate rather than judge, evaluate, and offend. There is power in words. We know this from the motivating speeches we've seen televised over the years, the kindness in a friend's encouraging words, and the resentment felt when words were spoken out of anger.
Over this past semester, I have learned a lot about the way that I am used to communicating and how I can instead communicate peacefully to prioritize others in my life as well as better meet my own needs. Also, I have learned that peace starts with us, our daily habits and regular decisions. We mustn't underestimate the power of our own voice. If we are ever to make a change in this world, we must be aware of our responsibility in this world and use it to make a difference. Ordinary people are making a huge impact in the world everyday and you can be one of them. I hope that I can impart some of my new knowledge to you through this site. Thanks for taking a look and I hope you enjoy.
Hi! My name is Emily Janelle Powell and I am a Junior at Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne. I am currently working on my Media & Public Communications degree with a minor in Fine Arts. Besides attending class, I also work part time at the wonderful world of Target on Stellhorn Road. As if I have anymore free time on my hands, I also coach the Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball team at Woodlan High School in the Fall, as well as the 12's W2 Volleyball club in the Spring.
In the little free time that I DO get to enjoy, (when I am not in a classroom, folding clothes, or in the gym!), I love watching sports! I am a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, which I am hoping that this is their year to go all the way! I know, I know, you're thinking I have high hopes, but why not? Go Cubbies! My other favorite sports teams include the Chicago Bears, and IU Hoosiers.
Other hobbies of mine include shopping, reading, writing, scrapbooking, taking photographs, watching a good movie, and there are several television shows that are on my DVR list!I am also an avid country music fan, but also enjoy other genres as well.
Besides being a big sports fan, and a lover of country music, I am also one of those crazed Twilight fans. I've read all of the books, and have seen the recent movie release, New Moon, twice in theaters!
This pretty much sums up my life, however, there are a couple more things that are huge parts of my life: family and friends. Without both in my life I would not be who I am today. :]]
If you don't know me, my name is Kirsten Studebaker. I am a junior at IPFW studying for a major in Media and Public Communications with a minor in Media Production. I'm a part of a Communicating Peace class this semester. Nonviolent Communication is important to me because I have a lot of different relationships in my life that have previously been filled with a lot of conflict. In my life at home, my life with my friends, and my life with my boyfriend I have tried to use the methods of NVC to have better, more fulfilling communication between myself and others. I also plan to use NVC later in my life so that I can better communicate with people that I come across in the workplace.
So I hope you enjoy our website, and hopefully you will learn some new thing and maybe even decide to make a change in the ways that you communicate with others. The change to NVC is a change that can benefit all of us in our everyday relationships with one another.
Hello, everyone thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me. My name is Ana Aguirre. I am 25 years old, and have been working toward my second degree in Media and Public Communication. Throughout the 2010 spring semester I have been involved in a communicating peace course. At first I was skeptical, but when with an open mind. I never realized the amount of change one person can make by just starting with you. Growing up with a rough childhood can really change a person’s outlook on how “communicating” can truly be. Non-violent communication has been an obstacle throughout my past, because of household abuse. I was brought in a world that was filled with abuse continuously until I reached the age of twelve. I know now that it is so important for my parents to use NVC at my delicate age.
I believe if this process was practiced more when I was growing up my perspective on life as a whole and judgments through social relationships amongst people would be different. Habits die hard, but it's not too late for me to practice. This particular course has motivated me to expand my ability’s to do so. I hope you take in this website and relate to your everyday routine. NVC starts with you!