A post-patriarchal world;
to live in a consciously needs-based society.
To contribute to the co-creation of a needs-based society by increasing needs-literacy and promoting need-based practices (personal, interpersonal, and structural), while empowering listeners to directly, unilaterally address needs.
The current ecological and cultural crisis are expressions of natural and social needs asking to be addressed, let’s create solutions by co-creating strategies to nourish those needs.
Nourishing Needs with Selene Aswell is a weekly series of hour-long episodes promoting needs consciousness, with the goal of empowering listeners to take direct actions to address needs they notice. Some episodes highlight guest speakers, some will explore research or texts, some will be theatrical readings to help envision a needs-based world. Topics include diving into specific needs, exploring different practices for nourishing needs in our daily life, or understanding why current social structures aren’t meeting most human needs.
When You Notice a Need, Nourish It.
This podcast is inspired by Nonviolent Communication.
Time Commitment: roughly an hour
Air Date: 1-2 months after recording
Recording: The interview is recorded, not live
As a general rule, the intention is to dialogue about the topic of your choice for a minimum of 20/30 minutes. Longer conversations can become 2 episodes. Shorter conversations can be expanded on by Selene or added to a compilation episode.
Requests for Guests
You will be notified when your episode will air, we ask that guest share their episode with their friends and followers.
What is a Need?
Are you passionate about needs in general? Do you have a special take on what a need is? Maybe the spiritual dimension of needs or the difference between a need an a strategy, and the resulting conflict?
Is there a specific need you are passionate about and love to share about? (Ie connection? The need to matter? touch?) We also love information, research, or recommended reading about that need (for those who would like to explore it further). Maybe you have suggestions for strategies for nourishing that need that you particularly enjoy?
Do you have a personal story about how cultivating needs consciousness resulted in a sense of empowerment or increased capacity? Do you have specific ideas for how the practice of consciously nourishing needs on a regular basis could result in empowerment or increased willingness to take bold action? How has connection with needs improved your life or informed your activism?
Is there an aspect of NVC that you are very excited to talk about, that you could link to the needs that are met by that component? (Ie self-connection, willingness to receive feedback, transformation of judgements, etc) Do you have suggested practices for bringing this component to life?
Are you passionate about understanding structural issues and how they impact human needs? Do you have thoughts about how we got to where we currently are in human society? Do you have ideas or visions of how human society might be structured to meet more needs? Maybe you have questions about these topics which Selene could respond to? What is the connection between needs and access to power and resources? Is there are certain need you are aware of being largely unmet socially, possibly chronically unmet (ie nonsexual touch) How can we nourish needs on a larger scale?
How do you connect the practice of meeting needs with larger structures such as capitalism, the work world, etc? Are you interested in practical, doable ways to move away from capitalism as a means of sharing resources? Do you have insight or experience (or reading suggestions) into how the direct meeting of needs could become an “economy” scaled up? Or do you have questions you’d like to explore on this topic?
Selene Aswell is a coach and facilitator. Her goal is to contribute to the co-creation of a needs oriented society. To that end she offers workshops, group and individual coaching, and several free resources. She is a Certification Candidate through the Center for Nonviolent Communication, with four years experience as a private practitioner of NVC and ten years experience in teaching. Selene has a BA in Community Studies, where she was first introduced to NVC.