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…

Your social media and your restorative justice elevator speeches should vary.

Lets start with social medai: You can connect Facebook and Twitter, so your tweets are your Facebook.  I did that for awhile, but felt I had two purposes for each.  Facebook, is me, it had to be I got deactivated last fall, for acting too much like a business.  I wish I did better with…

Volunteer gratitude, a community member responds to the “we were bored” explanation.

You can’t do Restorative Justice without community members.  I believe they bring in collective wisdom.  I train our volunteers on aspects of Restorative Justice, and request they show up with their best selves. I focus on Restorative Justice Accountability as being: acknowledging you caused harm understanding that harm from anothers point of view recognizing where…