Jim and Jori Manske, married and working closely for over 43 years, share the intentions to cooperate together in the great adventure of life, to openly and honestly share their deepest thoughts and feelings, and to honor and accept each other with ever-increasing ability. These intentions continue to frame not only their relationship with one another, but also all their relationships and work.
As co-creators of peaceworks, they offer training, mediation, facilitation, organizational development, consulting and mentoring. They have been working with a variety of businesses, community groups, government, NGO’s, private groups and individuals since 1971. They each have certifications as Trainers, Mediators, and Facilitators, as well as CNVC Trainer certifications since 2003, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). They have degrees in Communication (Jim) and Social Work (Jori).
In June 2008, they completed their year and a half term as inaugural leaders of the Global Community Circle (GCC) for The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), supporting the growth and well-being of communities in the worldwide CNVC network. They were founding members of the Network for Nonviolent Communication and have contributed directly to many emerging NVC communities worldwide. Jori also served as Interim Director of CNVC from January 2006 until May 2007, on the CNVC Board of Directors for 3 years, as founding board member of Comienzos (a program for jail inmates and staff), and has served on the Advisory Committee for NVC Academy. They co-authored The Matrix: Pathways to Liberation, that has been translated into many languages and is part of the NVC certification assessment process. The remain eager to discover new ways of supporting leadership and compassion..
Currently living in Haiku, Maui, Jim and Jori offer weekly practice groups and trainings online, lead teleclasses including the NVC Academy free monthly Taste of Compassionate Leadership, and enjoy contributing to the growing NVC communities in Asia, Oceania, and Polynesia and the Americas. Jim became an Assessor for CNVC in 2017, and is currently serving about 60 candidates and two Assessors-in-Training. In 2022, Jim published Pathways to Nonviolent Communication: A Tool for Navigating Your Journey.
Please contact us with your interests and requests for conflict resolution and learning for your organization, group, relationship, or for yourself.
What participants have said about Jim and Jori’s NVC workshops:
“The forgiveness I found for myself has been lasting and helped me to understand how NVC has far reaching effects in my personal life. Words cannot describe how touched I was by the deeply compassionate way Jim and Jori related to the group.”
-Caroline Kino-Noji, Los Angeles
“It has been a transformative experience…Thank you for sharing both your expertise and yourselves.”
-Clem Wings, Educator, Albuquerque
“I am changed by this workshop. I have a new way of being, relating, communicating. Thank you.”
-Lisa Collins, College Student, New Orleans
“This was the best balance of learning and practice of any of the many workshops I have attended.”
-Participant, Athens, GA
“Thank you. You have changed my perspective forever.”
-Jason, Inmate, Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center
“I wish we could have had this training 20 years ago! Its the best training I’ve received in all my years in correctional work.”“
-CO Captain, Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center“