ushin – univeral shared information – is a way to express ourselves clearly.
Eight symbols, each in their place, help us create clear, compassionate communication. Though people may use the categories creatively, the meaning shapes help convey a shared sense that everyone understands, not unlike an emoticon. : )
Whether online or in our daily lives, when people communicate it’s usually a jumble of feelings, concepts, facts, people, actions, topics and needs adorned with judgements. When understanding is important, we can sort out these eight very different kinds of meaning to determine the main points and what supports them. To clarify our own minds, and understand others efficiently. Ushin communication results in a comprehensive overview of points and questions about anything.
– Beyond fair fighting, couples unravel arguments before anyone says something to regret later.
– Groups gather around complex challenges to weigh in on points and deliberate strategies.
The Community of USHIN Supporters, a varied group of people who are enthusiastic about the promise of ushin, see the value of bringing this unifying communication method to the internet.
USHIN will use new and emergent technologies to bridge our various platforms, programs and websites, and create a digital public commons where we can meet in the middle around any issue.
USHIN communication tools, online and offline, are built to solve problems comprehensively, logically and efficiently – celebrating the diversity of viewpoints and the commonality of basic needs.
The inspiration for ushin
Universal shared information is the comprehensive outgrowth of Nonviolent Communication, NVC, a powerful method to elicit compassion and solutions to real problems. NVC sorts messages into 4 types:
Feelings, Needs, Facts, and Requests, to clarify underlying motivations and elicit compassionate connections among people. While NVC cuts to the basic core of communication, by adding only four more kinds of information, ushin opens to all kinds of meaning. Related Concepts, Merits, Topics and People enhance clarity because all expression may be considered – for comprehensive understanding.