The Restorative Justice Talking Piece – tangible and physical, abstract and soulful.

From Stephen Covey – the 8th Habit: (The Talking Piece) is one of the most powerful communication tools I’ve ever seen, because, while it is tangible and physical, it embodies a concept that is powerfully synergistic.  This Talking Stick represents how people with differences can come to understand one another . . . speak, until…

My newest talking piece, a gift that shows some people really “get” Restorative Justice.

I got a new talking piece last night.  It came with a wonderful explanation. My newest talking piece As it was presented to me, the giver said:  “It has all kinds of colors, a variety, like people, so it shows everyone is included.  You can bring things back together with stitching.”  He ran his finger along the…

Elementary Classroom – Talking Pieces

Post by Catherine, classroom teacher and circlekeeper. Talking peices come in many shapes and sizes in my classroom.  Children bring items to share and leave them on the shelf to use as talking pieces. We have MN Gopher stuffed animals, Gopher pucks, Wild pucks, Gopher hats, flowers, Snoopy ornaments, coins from a variety of countries,…

A great ‘Talking Piece’ is about YOU!

I use the book Peacemaking Circles in my University of Wisconsin – River Falls Restorative Justice Courses.  I hadn’t read the book in awhile.  On a side note, I have a cherished copy that Kay Pranis signed for me at my first Circle Training back in 2003.  The books were just out it was exciting…

Really using consensus, especially with the talking piece

Consesnsus is so much different than “majority rules”, despite the fact dictionary.com gives it that definition.  Have you ever been in an enviornement or worked on a project or process, where EVERYONE agrees. It’s very powerful, and Circles give that gift to manknind.  I can’t help but stop in awe of a ‘V’ of geese…

Tip of the Week – Talking Pieces

I had a student approach me and comment on the 14 pages in Kay Pranis’s book “Peacemaking Circles” dedicated to the talking piece.  It was a good reminder for me.  I have gathered a variety of talking pieces and my favorites are the ones that other people give me.  Introducing a talking piece is a…