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In the Spotlight
In the Spotlight: Restorative Approaches

This month we shine the light on restorative approaches. Duke Duchscherer shares why he loves Restorative Circles and the ways they transform relationships. He then describes the Role of the Facilitator in a Restorative Circle. 


When people get hurt or harmed, how can we restore trust, safety, and connection in the community? Shantigarbha Warren explores this question in Restorative v. Punitive Approaches. Ceri Buckmaster, Jo McHale, and Sarah Ludford share how to create simple restorative agreements for your groups, while Mary Mackenzie shares tips for mediating in a group. 


Miki Kashtan describes how punishment does not lead to lasting widespread change in #MeToo And Liberation For All. 

Duke Duchscherer shares that Restorative Circles have the ability to transform relationships. Groups may start with feelings of worry, anxiety, fear, anger, and even hatred. The dialogue process supports a shift to more ease, connection, and trust.


Duke Duchscherer shares what the role of the facilitator is in a restorative circle.


When people get hurt or harmed, how can we restore trust, safety and connection in the community? A restorative approach which focuses on who got hurt and how can we restore it? Rather than whose fault is it and how can we punish them?


Conflict is normal and natural and yet we are still often surprised by it and unprepared to deal with it. You will come away from this session with the tools for creating simple agreements with your group about what to do when conflict arises.


Trainer Tip

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Trainer Tip: People struggle to come to agreement when they don’t feel heard. So as a mediator, facilitate the process by asking all parties to reflect the essence of what's important to other parties. This is critical. Once everyone is confident that their needs have been heard, you'll notice the energy in the room relaxing. Then you can brainstorm strategies that will value everyone’s needs, and are focused on what they want to happen.


Most people want to punish perpetrators of sexual violence. Unfortunately, punishment doesn’t lead to lasting widespread change. Rather, we can identify root causes and conditions that sustain violence. That means shifting from individual to systemic lenses, and from punitive to restorative responses. It means collective learning about how such acts are nurtured and persist. This can reduce the chance of it happening again.