Nonviolent communication (NVC) and sociocracy have different origins. However, a number of organizations have adopted both at the same time, because they share a philosophy of life and human relationships which stresses the importance of the quality of connection and listening and the attention to the needs of all the members of the organization.
Sociocratic processes are designed so all voices are heard and taken into account in the organization’s governance. Nonviolent communication focuses on empathy towards oneself and towards others and is designed to facilitate a compassionate way to take into account everybody’s perspective, their feelings, as well as strategies to fulfill their needs.
For more information, check out our handbook Many Voices One Song chapter 4 and read this article: Sociocracy and NVC