Archives for 2015

Adding a restorative element to schools and how it adds value instead of being seen as taking away from time available to teach

Many times educators may feel they do not have time to add anything else to already-packed schedules that are topped off with extra work beyond the hands-on time with children and students. In this brief segment Boyes-Watson and Pranis share ideas on how circles can help reconnect educators with their original passion for becoming one in the first place, and provide a space that regenerates and is a foundation for further exploring circles as a space for classes to briefly check in and then go about their days. If you are considering restorative processes in your educational environment, this is
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Jared Seide, Director of Center for Council

Jared Seide is the Director of Center for Council and has designed, piloted and coordinated Council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups and a variety of non-profit and faith-based organizations and social service agencies, including “The Co-Mentoring Project” for emancipated foster youth, the “Social Justice Council Project” in partnership with the Angell Foundation and the “Prison/Reentry Council Initiative,” with the support of the Nathan Cummings and JIB Foundation, in addition to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  He has also coordinated, mentored and facilitated Council programs at eleven schools in Southern California and has led “Rite of
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Ian Marder, Founder of Community of Restorative Researchers

Ian is a criminologist and Ph.D. student, studying and lecturing in restorative justice at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK. He was born in Canada, but has spent most of his life in Northern England. He has conducted research for a number of organisations, including Restorative Solutions, the Restorative Justice Council, Search for Common Ground and the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs. He is also the founder of the Community of Restorative Researchers, a new research network which aims to enhance communication and collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policymakers in the field of restorative justice.
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Dr. David Ragland

Dr. David Ragland grew up in North St. Louis, a few miles from Ferguson, Mo. Dr. Ragland is the co-founder for the Truth-Telling Project in St. Louis, Mo and a Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies.  The Truth Telling project is focused on developing a truth and reconciliation process to address structural violence and racism for Ferguson and Beyond. David serves on the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.  Additionally he is the United Nations Representative for the International Peace Research Association. Over the past 13 years Dr. Ragland has taught at Bucknell University, Vassar College, Hofstra University, University of Toledo, Eastern Michigan University, Teachers
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Ted Grimsrud – Violence as Theological Problem

Ted Grimsrud is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies. Prior to teaching at EMU beginning in 1996, he served 10 years as a pastor in M to sleepennonite churches in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. He is especially interested in the connection between Christian theology and pacifism. He teaches classes in theology, peace studies, ethics, and the Bible. He is married to Kathleen Temple and is Elias’s and Marja’s grandfather. His latest book, published in November, 2014 by Cascade Books, is The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II.. He blogs at thinkingpacifism.net.
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RJ Center of the NW – Nicholas Bradford

In October of 2013 Nicholas founded the Restorative Justice Center of the Northwest. Through a partnership with Pierce County Center Dispute Resolution we have reached out to local schools in Pierce Co. as well as beginning to support Pierce Co. Juvenile Justice.  We are looking forward to a rich working relationship. Our work is focused on system level change.  We are developing whole school (agency) approaches to dealing with painful conflict.  From preventative community building practices that borrow from circle practice and ropes course type activities.  We have developed tools and approaches to the middle level harm.  These tools are challenging
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Charles Eisenstein

In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness—called interbeing—we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world. Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how
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