Posted by: The I AM Foundation | May 31, 2012

800 Unity People’s Convention Attendees to Receive “Connecting Across Differences” as Gifts

The I AM Foundation is so grateful for our partnership with PuddleDancer Press and for the gifting of 800 copies of  Connecting Across Differences, 2nd Edition to all attendees at the June 2012 Unity People’s Convention in Detroit, Michigan. This is a $16,000.00 donation in retail to the Unity attendees from PuddleDancer Press and The I AM Foundation.  “We are thrilled to once again receive a donation of books from The I AM Foundation and PuddleDancer Press. Thank you so much!” says Debbie Ball, Director of Event Planning for Unity Conferences.

Since 2001, The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 50,000 Nonviolent Communication books through our partnership with PuddleDancer Press.

Profound Connection is Just a Conversation Away!

In this fully-revised second edition of Connecting Across Differences, Drs. Dian Killian and Jane Marantz Connor offer a comprehensive and accessible guide for exploring the concepts, applications, and transformative power of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process. Beginning with a simple shift in thinking, readers discover uncomplicated, yet transformative skills to create a life of abundance, building the personal, professional, and community connections for which they yearn.

Now with an expanded selection of broadly-applicable exercises, roleplays, and activities that challenge readers to immediately apply the concepts in everyday life, this new edition opens the authors’ insight to an even-broader audience. Detailed and comprehensive, this combined book/workbook enhances communication skills by introducing the basic NVC model, as well as presenting more-advanced NVC practices.

Relevant, meaningful exercises follow each concept, giving readers the chance to immediately apply the skills they’ve learned to real-life experiences.

Drawing on a combined 25 years’ experience, the authors help readers:

  • Transform negative self-talk into self-empowering statements.
  • Foster trust and collaboration when stakes are high.
  • Establish healthy relationships to satisfy their needs.
  • Defuse anger, enemy images, and other barriers to healthy connections.
  • Get what they want while maintaining respect and integrity.

What People are Saying

Reading Connecting Across Differences changed how I approach my work and life. Using empathy to connect with my feelings and needs and with the feelings and needs of the people around me makes me happier and more effective. Jane and Dian, thank you for guiding me on this journey.

—ROBERT MCGUIRE, Executive Director, Merck, Inc.

Dian Killian is remarkable woman with a great message that brings wisdom to the field of nonviolence.

—HOWARD GLASSER, author, Transforming the Difficult Child:

The Nurtured-Heart Approach

Connecting Across Differences  capacitates readers with the essential personal and interpersonal skills and knowledge needed to nurture and build a culture of peace. Killian and Connor’s thoughtfully-constructed guidebook opens doors to the possibility for authentic dialogue between self and others—illuminating multiple paths to living with integrity. This book should be on the bookshelves of all peacemakers across the globe.

—TONY JENKIS, Director of Education, National Peace Academy

Having taught Nonviolent Communication for many years, it seems to me that this book covers every question I have had or have been asked about how to learn and integrate this simple, yet challenging, reframing of communication with self and others. I am grateful to Dian and Jane for this edition’s contribution to the field of applied nonviolence.

—KIT MILLER, Director, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

In each chapter of this book, numerous exercises invite readers to apply NVC skills and concepts in their own lives. The second part features extensive dialogues illustrating NVC in action, including self-empathy, empathy, and mediation. The book closes with a resource guide for further learning, plus an interview with Marshall Rosenberg from the February 2003 Sun Magazine.

You can purchase Connecting Across Differences from The I AM Foundation. For every copy you purchase from us we will gift another book to a child, teen or adult somewhere in the world.

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit 


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