“Living Restoratively” by Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington recently featured an article about the work Haley and I are doing at the university and beyond. Check it out at the link below! Living restoratively Two Victoria University researchers are using their unique skill sets to support the restorative justice efforts at the University. Read more here. “If we can get…
Restorative Justice Education in Prison Reflection: Understanding the Web
In March, my partner, Sam Seiniger, and I had the opportunity to deliver two introductions to restorative justice workshops at Manawatu Prison to small groups of inmates. Both sessions produced really fascinating conversations and left us all with something to think about. One of the participants even asked if he could take an extra worksheet…
Peace in the Soil
I recently heard Siddhartha Mukherjee speak on an episode of Ted Radio Hour titled Rethinking Medicine. In his talk, Mukherjee notes that the prevailing medical approach (in the western medicine tradition) to this point has been to “have disease, take pill, kill something.” Mukherjee traces the prevalence of this approach to the antibiotic revolution, which…
The Power of the Talking Piece
During the recent government shut down, a bipartisan group of roughly two-dozen senators helped craft the funding deal to re-open the government. The group used a “talking stick” as a tool to facilitate their meeting, only allowing the senator with the stick to speak in an effort to cut down on interruptions. The use of…
A Restorative Worldview
This week, I am busy coding my interviews with restorative justice facilitators and participants (victims an offenders), getting ready for months of major writing deadlines ahead. One questions that I asked all interview participants is “How has being involved in restorative justice affirmed or changed your worldview?” As I review the responses, I’m noticing a…
What could a restorative approach to politics look like?
It has been a strange and despairing experience to watch the political journey of the United States from afar since moving to New Zealand to study restorative justice in early 2016. People often comment on how glad I must be to have escaped it all and how surely I’m in no rush to go back.…
What makes a great Restorative Justice Facilitator?
“Good RJ facilitation is shaped by three main factors: (i) a set of core beliefs that form a particular worldview, (ii) specific knowledge and skills that develop with experience, and (iii) ‘synthesis’ which merges art with science so that facilitators can intuitively, consistently and knowingly shape the alchemy of RJ in real-time to successfully meet…
This year, Victoria University has begun offering a Graduate Certificate course in Restorative Justice. Last week, Dr. Tom Noakes-Duncan delivered a fascinating class on Restorative Pedagogy, raising the question, “How should restorative practices be taught?” He introduced the old paradigm of teaching, often referred to as the Transmission Model. The teacher transfers knowledge to the…
Building a Restorative University Article
An article I wrote about building a Restorative University was recently published in the Australasian Student Residences Management Journal. Check out my article on page 31-32.