Talking Circle stories about ‘Consequential Strangers’ are very inspiring.

I blogged earlier on the new book and concept Consequential Strangers.  Today as our Circle entered the “building relationship” round, I asked a for a story about a ‘consequential stranger’.  Our Circle was ready to share, the question before was about how people feel about the talking piece, speaking and listening one at a time.  …

Restorative Justice community members create consequential strangers!

I heard about his book, while listening to MN Public Radio, the story here.   Reading the article prompted me to make my own 100 people list.  (I was sure I already blogged on this but I can’t find.  I’m tired of looking.) What occured to me today after reading author Melinda Blau’s blog,  was the …

Turns out, I named my daughter after a consequential stranger!

I posted about Consequential Strangers, after hearing a story on NPR.  The book is great, and the concept has been very applicable to Restorative Justice.  Explaining the social convoy, and concept really draws out awesome stories.  I also made my list of 100 important people, you might want to consider giving that a try.  The …

Community Circles before Conflict Resolution Circles and always the Restorative Justice Circle process stages.

This post contains some recommendations for those of you using Circle process in a school or classroom setting.  You will want to develop the students awareness of the process.  By using Circles to “build” community you prevent harm.  The more you know about someone the less likely you are to hurt them.  Hurt people hurt …

Stranger kindess is so powerful, because you know it’s non-judgmental.

When I teach about restorative justice, I emphasize the importance of community members by using the kindness of strangers.  I explain that when someone we don’t know stops to help us, it has deeply positive impacts.  I explain this in a blog post.  A great relevant concept Consequential Strangers, more of my blogs on consequential strangers. Let …

Another social networking connection provides insight, growth and a proud Mom moment.

We all just want to make our parents proud and not embarrass our kids.  I believe that is at the heart of all our relationships.  Restorative Justice is about relationships, and I’ve posted a few times here about the comparisons of social media, to restorative justice, and the impact on these relationships.  Today I have 16 posts under Social …

5 key reasons Restorative Justice enhances the effectiveness of drug and problem-solving courts.

Following the heels of the published success of drug courts, veterans courts have emerged.  A recent CNN story highlighted success in California.  I really appreciated that the Judge featured shared this: ” . . . we have a ethical and moral obligation to restore . . .” SCVRJP has been collaborating with area drug courts and …

Blogging brings “you” out. Both the author and reader of blogs.

I have written 478 posts, 25 of them are still in draft form.  I have been blogging since September of 2008.  Over 58,000 people have linked to this blog. A quick google of the phrase, “benefits of blogging” and 17 million results.  I know blogging has helped me.  Its given me the gift of writing …

As Restorative Justice practitioners, hard work needed regarding victims. 5 things to do.

I want to offer some lessons for people who do restorative justice.  These lessons are for working with victims in either a victim-offender dialogue or a talking circle.  I think its important to keep up our compassion towards victims skills.  To really do our best, I have 5 things to work really hard at:  1.) Stay …