Attached is a flyer for an upcoming training workshop (next weekend) in a
unique approach (based on a program in Brazil) that integrates nonviolent
communication (NVC) with restorative justice. If you are interested in this
program, please consider signing up per the attached flyer. Actually, I'm
signed up for the weekend introductory one myself, though not for the more
intensive four days to follow. A synopsis of the workshop, extracted from
the attached, is reproduced below. See the flyer for registration details.
Four of the attendees will be Filipinos involved in the peace process there
between the government and various rebel groups in the country. The Peace
Alliance is partnering with Bay NVC to sponsor the workshop and, with help
from Bay NVC and Peace Partnership International, provide financial
assistance to the Filipinos to enable them to attend. Three of those four
Filipinos have attended either or both of the Canada and Japan Global
Summits for Ministries and Departments of Peace - and we are looking for
volunteers to open their homes to those three men since we have not yet been
able to arrange lodging for them. (The fourth, a woman, has already secured
They will arrive December 7 for the training that begins the next day, and
depart either the evening of Dec. 13 (after the last session of training) or
Dec. 14. One of the gentlemen is arriving Dec. 4 because of airline
ticketing restrictions on the use of frequent flyer miles. Ideal would be
housing in San Francisco, where the workshop will be held, or alternatively
near a BART or Caltrain station.
Would any of you be willing to help out in this step for peace, or know of
someone who would? If so, please let me know ASAP as the time is upon us!
Mike Abkin, Director of Operations
Peace Partnership International
(formerly Peace Alliance Foundation)
Restorative Justice offers ways to establish connection, discover meaning
and recover power on profound levels. It brings together groups and
communities to develop sustainable forms of developing agreement and
increasing safety for all through responsibility and inclusion.
These trainings will present the Restorative Circles model applied in the
Brazilian Justice and Education systems, as developed by Dominic Barter.
Through dynamic exploration of the key concepts that underlie the model,
participants will experience the loosening of closed ideas, the uncovering
of human motives behind painful choices and the discovery of effective
action to meet pressing needs.
The learning will be grounded in a step-by-step process, and illustrated
through examples -including video of live Restorative Circle sessions
-demonstrating the different contexts (such as schools, families,
communities, work groups and prisons) in which this model is being applied.
Finally, participants will begin working on the application of this new
resource in their communities.
Dominic Barter has studied the interface between societal and personal
change, and the role of conflict, since the 1980s. He has taught restorative
practices internationally for the last 11 years. Since 2004 he has been
consultant and training program director to the UN Development Program and
UNESCO for the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and Special
Secretariat for Human Rights' pilot projects in Restorative Justice in
Brazil. Dominic coordinates the RJ Project for the international Center for
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