Why Restorative Justice helps us with ‘belonging’.

Maslow’s Hierchy of needs, from changing minds.org.  There’s belonging right in the middle.  First we have the basic needs, food, shelter and clothing.  Then freedom from danger, and in the middle, BELONGING. How many incidences of crime or harm do you think DON’T impact the bottom two,  safety and basic needs?  Sleep disturbance is a common impact…

Restorative Justice Talking Circles, the simplest of questions can connect us.

I teach Intro to Restorative Justice at UWRF, and I our class format is the Circle process.  I LOVE it!  The students love it.  In three semesters of teaching it, I have only gotten one student that didn’t like the process.  Anyway . . . I came up with the “getting acquainted” question off the…

The concept of “begets” and the application to crime and restorative justice.

Begets – as I understand it means to create. I first started using this term, almost two years ago.  When training or teaching Restorative Justice, I repeat something I read, I believe by Thich Naht Hanh, which was “violence begets violence”.  This made sense to me.  The piece I teach is from James Gilligan, that exclusion is…

Restorative Justice basic building blocks presented by Ted Wachtel Founder IIRP

I attended the WI DPI Heart of the Matter: Building Safe and Drug Free Schools Conference.  I hosted an exhibit booth, pictured below. The keynote speaker was Ted Wachtel, founder IIRP.  Ted and I met years back, the story is here, here really. It was an exciting day for progressing Restorative Justice in Wisconsin Schools. …

Volunteer statements: “every Circle is my favorite”, “I needed this Circle more than anyone here”

Once and awhile I get tired.  I get tired and lonely and frustrated.  I wonder why I am a workaholic and kick myself for doing this to myself.  I keep repeating a cycle.  Then I am in Circle and people say things that catch me off guard. Suddenly someone is talking about surviving physical abuse…

Having no boundaries works . . . when it comes to volunteer recruitement.

I got the wrong number and tried to get the person to become a volunteer. A man on the treadmill next to me,  tried making small talk, I tried to get him to volunteer.  Someone came to the office to use the phone.  I got him to volunteer.  To convert a wrong number to a volunteer, that’s a…