Universal SHared INformation

Universal shared information, ushin, is a structure for mutual understanding based on distinguishing different kinds of meaning.

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Seven shapes for comprehensive understanding

When important issues arise, we often get lost in a jumble of feelings, thoughts, needs, actions, facts, people, and topics. We form judgments without performing a systematic examination of our experiences. We get triggered. We speak without considering the value and effect of our words.

The ushin shapes help us form clear, comprehensive messages and understand each other.

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Four shapes for interpersonal connection

Ushin builds on the Nonviolent Communication method, developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. NVC encourages us to take responsibility for our experiences by expressing observations, feelings, needs, and requests with honesty, vulnerability, and simplicity.

  • Facts include personal observations and cited references to trusted sources.
  • Feelings include emotions and sensations like gratitude, pain, love, curiosity, and all their nuances. (list)
  • Needs include physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions for health. (list)
  • Actions include specific plans and requests for individual or collective pursuit.

Three shapes for deliberation

When considering an action, we acknowledge the people who take part in carrying it out as well as those who are affected. A careful analysis of our thought process, bias, and logic opens us to hidden possibilities. We stay focused and present by recognizing other potential topics which we can discuss later.

  • People include individuals and groups, as well as their roles and relationships.
  • Thoughts include attitudes, judgments, and methods of reasoning and knowing. (list)
  • Topics include related subjects to consider separately.

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