Silly builds self-confidence, leaders need to learn how to get others to be a little silly.

Acting a little goofy, comes naturally to me.  I like to make people laugh.  I’m not afraid to tell really bad jokes.  The kinds that get a sarcastic or half-hearted courtesy laugh.  When I train a group or start a circle I sometimes throw out a one-liner or bad joke and it really breaks the…

Coming together to share school-based Restorative Justice.

Colorado schools promote restorative justice with a school summit. The full article highlights aspects of the youth-led restorative justice work happening in Colorado schools.  More evidence rolls in on using the philosophy and approach to build community and respond to harm in a way that does not exclude students or interupt academics. The power of…

Restorative Justice Circles help people practice being their best.

I was a little worried about how the Underage Consumption Panel was going to go.  One of our community members in the Circle was a local Judge.  A supporter of Restorative Justice, but this was going to be his first bonafide Circle experience.  Of course I wanted it to go very well.  Each Circle is…

Guiding Circles to provide a place of “freedom of healing”.

I stick to the 4 phases of Circles.  Our Circlespace Room at the Restorative Justice Center even has them on the wall.  I got to chat a bit with someone else who keeps Circle and we found a few places to keep to these phases. Circlespace at Restorative Justice Center A few tips to dig…

Using Restorative Justice Circle questions to guide and deepen the impact of Circle.

Thought and care to questions when facilitating Restorative Justice Circles is important.  As you get more used to doing Circles and more used to monitoring emotional climate, you start to see how certain questions can guide the process. I was in a Circle of students and only one of them had been in Circle before. …