How had that happened when only a few of the men had any idea what NVC was two hours before and they had spent months or years avoiding each other on the prison grounds? They were playing "Need Cards Empathy," a game where one person tells a story about a time in his "life, the rest listen while holding a handful of cards with a need written on each. After the story is told, each player lays down the need cards they think apply and ask, "Were you feeling_____ because you were needing_____? (Ex: Were you feeling discouraged because you were needing support?) The storyteller just listens until all cards are down then picks up the ones that resonate the most. What was amazing to me was the level of presence these men were giving each other, the sincerity of their guesses about needs and the profound look on the faces of those who were having their stories heard in this way for the first time ever. A sense of hope rushed through me that within two hours such change could occur. I was flooded with gratitude to know a practical, useable process like NVC that has the power to awaken our natural sense of compassion.