Acknowledging Ancestral Wisdom: Jerry Tello at NACRJ Oakland (2017):

Honoring the roots of restoration and transformation starts with acknowledging ancestral wisdom. Jerry Tello is Co-Founder of the National Compadres Network and Director, National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute and author of the new book, Recovering Your Sacredness

In this potent keynote, thanks to the NACRJ and RJOY Oakland for the conference in 2017 in Oakland, "Moving Restorative Justice from Margins to Center", Jerry calls out imperative question, who is blessing our children? Whose justice is this? And blends humor and precise, lived wisdom in this 45 minute keynote.

Credits to the incredible Jerry Tello

Jerry's new book is Recovering Your Sacredness


And to the NACRJ and RJOY

From the NACRJ 2015 Conference, Cornel West gives an extraordinary, poetic, rhythmic keynote.

Credit: NACRJ, Production & Edits RJ on The Rise.

From Oakland, June 2017, an interview with Rangimarie Naida Glavish on perspectives and practices from New Zealand in what is now called 'restorative justice'. This interview was an honor and was deeply sacred to us. 2017 National Conference hosted by  RJOY   NACRJ

Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish is a highly respected Iwi and Community Leader. Naida is currently employed as the Chief Tikanga Advisor/General Manager Maori with the He Kamaka Waiora, Maori Health, Waitemata and Auckland District Health Board.


Houhou Te Rongo 2018

"Real Time Evolution and Crisis as Birth", from 2009

In 2009, the late and extraordinary Dr. Barbara Marx Hubbard spoke at a conference we produced with an extraordinary and devoted community team in Boise, ID. Dr. Hubbard was a candidate for Vice President and an author of multiple best sellers outlining our moment in time--crisis--as a natural element of conscientious growth.

This is a special, exclusive feature from our archives. In honor of the beauty of Dr. Barbara Marx Hubbard and her visionary and grounded evidence that we are in fact in the midst of an essential transformation: systemically, personally, globally.

In this keynote from 2009 in Boise, Idaho, at the Living in The Fire of Change Conference, James O'Dea recounts in extraordinary detail the power of dialogue, listening, and the imperative of restorative justice, healing justice.

Originally titled "Roots and Stars", we wanted to illuminate the fullness of this hour as a prophetic message for us all during these times. Packed with humor, storytelling, citations of major mystics and philosophers alike, and anecdotes from our world's most blatantly heinous atrocities.. of which James himself almost died, we come to a place of "tea among strangers, amidst the rubble", or the humanity that resides in all of us even amidst suffering and loss.

This podcast is a very special feature, and an honoring, of our dear colleague and friend James O'Dea.

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Van Jones is the co-host of Crossfire on CNN, and is his official site and the digital home of the ?#?TeamVan? community. He is also the President and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Best Sellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond.

In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.

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: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador continues to receive critical acclaim and is used as a guide and manual around the world. He is lead faculty for The Peace Ambassador Training, an online certification course that convenes the wisdom of outstanding faculty representing the many pillars of peacebuilding work, including conflict transformation, nonviolent communication, social healing, restorative justice, systems theory, and much more.

James O’Dea Website:

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 creates powerful, cinematic documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. Occupy Love is the culmination of his epic “Fierce Love Trilogy” which began with Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. It continued with 2008?s award winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.

Ripper’s earlier films include In The Company of Fear, a documentary on non-violent resistance to the “dirty war” in Colombia; Golden Gate Award-winning Open Season, about bear hunters and the activists who “hunt the hunters”; and the multi-award-winning non-fiction feature Bones of the Forest, (co-directed with Heather Frise) about the struggle to save the ancient forests of British Columbia (Best of the Festival, 1996 Hot Docs! Festival; and Best Feature Doc, 1996 Genie Awards).

Velcrow’s films are stylistically innovative, engaging and moving. Particular attention is given to the sound design. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards), and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs!; Best Sound, Leo Awards). He was recently named “one of the top ten filmmakers to watch in 2012? by the Independent Film magazine.

Occupy Love website:

Filmography & Official Site:

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 that puts first truth, social change, tools, and powerful stories from the day to day ground of change.

Brief Bio: Sarah van Gelder is editor of "This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement" and co-founder of YES! Magazine and

YES! reframes today's crises, showing how a radically different approach can bring about a more just and sustainable world. Each issue highlights the leadership coming from grassroots communities, social movements, and activists who are building a future that can work for all.

Sarah has interviewed Pete Seeger, Winona LaDuke, George Shultz, Harry Belafonte, Vandana Shiva, Chris Hedges, Danny Glover, and many other known and unknown leaders who are working to create a better world.

In addition to her regular features in the printed magazine, Sarah blogs at, lectures nationally and internationally, and interviews regularly on radio talk shows nationwide.

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 a writer, educator and producer whose work weaves the worlds of spirituality, feminism, ecology and social justice. She is a former board member of Bioneers, The Urban Habitat Program, and the Positive Futures Network/Yes Magazine and is currently Chair of the Board of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and a board member of the Institute for Noetic Sciences, and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. She is a Core Faculty member of Holy Names University's Culture and Spirituality Program.

Her published works have appeared in a number of books, publications and anthologies

Dedan Gills Co-Founder of GROWING A GLOBAL HEART has pioneered the idea of "Green Recovery"--a concept that combines stewardship and restoration of blighted urban areas with an engaged dialogic process designed to restore the integrity of souls wounded by the crush of modern urban reality. His work incorporates the principles of sustainability, permaculture design, environmental awareness and the greening of the inner spirit as critical aspects of the recovery and healing process. For the past ten years he has worked with people victimized by efforts at survival in our modern urban environment including people who are homeless, suffering from drug addiction and incarceration. He also serves as a surrogate male role model and mentor to young men growing up in these challenging urban environments.

Dedan is a writer and poet and associate producer of Watts Up! a documentary film (in progress) about a young man's transformative journey.

Growing a Global Heart Website:

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