Press Room

8th Annual International Conference on

Engaging The Other:”

The Power of Compassion

Sponsored by:
Common Bond Institute (CBI)
Co-Sponsored by:
Edgewood College
International Humanistic Psychology Association
Supported by:
Michigan State University

Endorsed by:
An international list of over 100 professional associations, organizations, and universities
Official Partner and Event of:
Charter For Compassion  and  Parliament of World’s Religions


Press Release (pdf): Conference
Press Release (pdf): Social Health Care (SHC) training and treatment program
1 Page Color Flyer – to Print and Post (pdf)
1 Page Black & White Flyer – to Print and Post (pdf)
1 page Color Flyer – Large – to Print and Post (pdf)
Conference Notice – Email version
Program Overview, Schedule, & Guidelines
Presenter and Facilitator Biographicals

Global Network for the Study of Transgenerational Trauma
On-Site Video Proceedings and Interviews
Underlying Concepts
Voices of Reason Articles and Chapters on Underlying Concepts
Background on Common Bond Institute (CBI) (pdf)
Background on CBI Director, Steve Olweean
Background on International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)


Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue
Common Bond Institute conferences strive to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us. We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.

NonViolent Communication Guidelines: (adapted from Marshall Rosenberg)

Unique Assumptions-NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies-whether verbal or physical-are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.

Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands

Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands

Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:
1) Observations – Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
2) Feelings – Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
3) Needs – The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
4) Requests – Clear request for actions that can meet needs