Books by Kathleen Macferran & Jared Finkelstein


Kathleen Macferran holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She’s worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003 and serves as an assessor for this international organization. For over 25 years Kathleen has explored ways to restore harmony to communities including two decades as a music conductor and seven years as a public school music teacher. Kathleen supports organizations and communities to engage with conflict in life-serving ways. She offers trainings, facilitation and mediation in concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community.

Jared Finkelstein is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication who believes that in a connected world what’s essential is the quality of our connection.  As a consultant and trainer he specializes in supporting people and communities to make choices that transform separation and misunderstanding into connection and collaboration. Jared is devoted to the idea of intergenerational interdependence.  In organizations, schools, homes, and camps, he brings the practice of Nonviolent Communication as a strategy to explore how to fine tune the qualities of connection in all our relationships, and for everyone’s benefit.


Text by Kathleen Macferran & Jared Finkelstein
Icon Design by Nikki Cole Creative
LCCN 2019940392
Softcover ISBN 978-0999120064
Trim Size: 4”x6”
Page Count: 168 Pages
On-sale Date: 9/2020
Retail: $14.99 USD
Mobi & Epub On-sale Date: 10/2020
Retail: $9.99 USD

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Choice: A field guide for navigating the polarization of our world and living interdependently would be of benefit to individuals, community leaders, city councils, undergraduate and community colleges, and organizations in their work with conflict resolution, more effective communication, decision-making, etc. because:

  • it is non-directive and invites groups to engage with questions and discern values
  • it invites rigorous study, self-discernment, debate
  • the reflections are applicable to any life situation
  • it fits comfortably with practical/secular, modern philosophy and spiritual lenses
  • it can be a bridge between theories from many disciplines and application.
  • designed for seminar study, to look at one differentiation and discuss it deeply

Choice: A field guide for navigating the polarization of our world and living interdependently is a non-fiction pocket-sized field guide about creating a reflective space where the reader can explore choices and philosophical perspectives that go beyond right and wrong and into the realm of interdependent relationship. Based upon the key differentiations and principles of Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, this book provides a rigorous investigation of the life-serving motivation embedded in concepts which sometimes appear as polar opposites. Through differentiation and nuanced exploration of these concepts, light is shed on the life-serving purpose at both ends of a seeming continuum between ideas. Readers are invited to apply on a personal level a consciousness that leads to self-responsibility, connection and collaboration.

*Booksellers, schools, libraries and organizations can order Choice through Ingram Wholesale

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From the Authors

The Personal Nature of Choice

We know that authentic choice is a profoundly subjective and personal experience. Still, it’s our assertion that human problems and solutions–personal, interpersonal, and societal – all have their roots in the actions that individuals take. And these actions all rise from one’s individual experience of choice.

How do we better exercise our ability to make conscious choices?  How do we learn to see what is invisible?  To know what we don’t know?  To be aware when we are not aware?

For us, exploring choice through a lens of interdependence has changed our lives by: cultivating more flexible thinking, empowering authentic and caring interactions, aligning resources with meaning, and learning to use power in ways that invite equity. The degree to which we act in alignment with our interdependence is the degree to which we live in flow, connection and meaning. We can change the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us.

We hope this guide does just that for you, guides you towards a more interdependent life.

We believe that cultivating a consciousness of human interdependence is an emancipation.

What you do with that freedom is called choice.

About The Watermark Symbol

On each page we use a symbol, co-created with our illustrator Nikki Cole. This is a visual reminder to seek infinite options within each reflection.  To accomplish this we’ve assigned symbolic value to each element of the symbol

The inner circle around the spiral symbolizes ongoing growth, self-discovery and multidimensional perspectives embedded in our personal journeys. 

The embedded spiral reminds us that the continuum is dynamic. Nuanced and subtle, it reveals to us as many options as we are aware enough to notice.

The outer circle with arrows represents the circular nature of a journey of enlightenment.  Time and time again we are changed as we interact with the world.