Justice As Healing with James O’Dea

“Justice As Healing” with James O’Dea (www.jamesodea.com). In this hour we explore an expansive territory of conflict and healing, including stories from James who was formerly the head at Amnesty Int’l Washington DC and whose work in Social Healing has taken him all over the world, including Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, N. Ireland and more. Listen in as he shares insights into how conflict–even the most disparaged and dark–can be transformed. You can find a full archive at www.restorativejusticeontherise.org including interviews with Michelle Alexander, Johan Galtung, Azim Khamisa, Arun Gandhi, Kay Pranis and many others.
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James ODea

Date of Dialogue: 12.15.11 Description: This fantastic exploration with James O’Dea takes us to high-conflict areas, including in the U.S., and how models of restorative justice have been set in motion. James has visited numerous processes worldwide, and shares insights about Rwanda’s gacaca courts, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, processes in the Middle East, and a convening in the U.S. of facilitators from around the world who are actively involved in transforming individual, local, and global justice practices one dialogue at a time. Brief Bio: James O’Dea is an internationally known author and teacher. His most recent book, Cultivating Peace:
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Velcrow Ripper

Date of Dialogue: Jan. 16, 2012 Description: This dialogue titled “Occupy the Dream: MLK and the Power of Love” held on MLK Day 2012 and as the Occupy Movement was still in full motion, covers “Crow”’s firsthand experiences in NYC’s Zuccotti Park from the outset of the Occupy Movement. The people’s mic, the global movement, what it represented then and what it incited on glocal levels is all a part of this timely discussion that interweaves justice, transformation, and true revolution. Brief Bio: Velcrow Ripper is a Canadian Academy Award (Genie) winning filmmaker, writer, sound designer and public speaker. He
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Sarah Van Gelder

Date of Dialogue: Jan. 10, 2012 Description: As Editor-in-Chief of the extraordinary YES! Magazine, Sarah van Gelder spoke with us about the then-in-motion Occupy movement, our transforming systems and the paradigm nested underneath the changes we are seeing. Her take on justice and restorative systems has informed special editions of YES! and as she shares in this dialogue, it is fully in motion as an exponential movement changing within and on the ground. We discussed the media’s role in social change, and learned how Sarah embarked on her own path to become one of the country’s leaders in media distribution
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Belvie Rooks & Dedan Gills

Date of Dialogue: Dec. 8, 2011 Description: This conversation takes a deep dive into the powerful work Belvie and Dedan do through their organization, Growing a Global Heart, revisiting slavery’s legacy and taking profound and tangible steps to honestly address, and heal, open wounds that have been covered up. The social healing and collective wound component of restoration and balance is a key theme to this powerful conversation. For anyone looking to honestly address socio-cultural wounding from the lens of truth and reconciliation, healing, and new possibilities. Brief Bios: Belvie Rooks is Co-Founder of Growing a Global Heart. She is
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