September 12, 2019

Community Conversation: Cutting Through the Clutter
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St., Macomb, Illinois 61455
Description: Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus J. Q. Adams will facilitate a a workshop for the Macomb community, "Cutting Through the Clutter: Using Nonviolent, Compassionate Communication to Create and Sustain Community Dialogue," Thursday, Sept. 12 in Macomb.

Two sessions will be held, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

While advance registration is preferred through the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce (online at or; by calling 309-837-4855; or emailing, walk-ins are welcome.

A workshop was held Aug. 1 for Chamber of Commerce and MAEDCO members, and a workshop will be held for the University community Sept. 25 (times and location TBA).

Please note: Audio and video devices/recordings and photographs are not allowed during the workshops.

As part of the workshop, Adams will introduce Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a workable model, process and practice based on recognizing and meeting participants' needs, as well as the needs of others encountered in everyday life. Adams will encourage participants to consider how understanding universal human feelings and needs can help get to the heart of people's shared humanity and lead to sustained dialogue among members of the Macomb community.

The NVC model Adams explores with participants was developed by psychologist Dr. Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s and has been successfully used by mediators throughout the world. It is based on Rosenberg's conviction that all humans, whatever their learned cultures and values, have the capacity to interact with compassion and empathy if they understand their own and others' needs. Adams will introduce the NVC process to workshop participants and will provide opportunities for participants to develop strategies that can serve as the basis of empathy, effective communication and cooperation.

NVC involves four clearly defined steps: making non-judgmental observations, recognizing everyone has feelings and needs, connecting individual needs with those of the people with whom we interact and making doable requests of each other so everyone's needs are met. The process involves listening without judgment and listening deeply enough to hear and accurately acknowledge each other's feelings and needs. According to Adams, this process is based on the fact that, because human beings have the same basic needs, such listening can lead to understanding and compassionate conversations in which each person's dignity can be respected and everyone's needs can be met.

The workshop is sponsored by the Moving Macomb Forward committee, which is comprised of community and University officials, including City of Macomb elected officials and employees, McDonough County NAACP, McDonough County Sheriff and Macomb Police departments, the WIU Multicultural Center, the Office of the WIU President and WIU Admissions, MAEDCO and the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce.
Related Web Site: Pre-registration for Workshop II
Contact Information:
 Chamber of Commerce
 Phone: (309) 837-4855
Source: Public Events

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle * Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309/298-1414 * E-mail
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