Restorative Justice Circles talking or transformation, using key elements for change.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (www.scvrjp.org) has been doing 100’s of Circles a year, since 2006.  In that time we have successfully placed topics in the center of the Circle.  We have consistently used a structure, based on the work of Kay Pranis (more posts referencing Kay).  The key elements of a Restorative Justice…

Restorative Response – talking circles for those impacted by suicide.

From the April 20, 2011 River Falls Journal A forum last spring opened a dialogue about suicide after an unusually high number in and around River Falls led authorities to hold the public meeting and say, “What can we do to help?” That led to a local remembrance walk, more discussion and the formation of…

Restorative Justice Talking Circles, addressing suicide.

International Institute of Restorative Practices, recently posted: Healing After a Student Suicide: Restorative Circles at the University of Vermont by Joshua Wachtel, this article highlights the use of Restorative Justice talking circles as response following a student suicide. This blog post highlights the start of Restorative Response Circles at St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program.  Restorative…

Strategic use of questions, when facilitating talking circles.

How many questions do you ask in a day?  How many times do you ask questions that you either a) ask to be polite or b.) already know the answer.  A type a) question might be “how was your weekend”, “how was your day”.  Conversation started, questions that get a little dialogue going.  Surface level dialogue.…

How to run a meeting like a Restorative Justice Talking Circle.

I posted earlier on emotional room, ending that post with reference to Interactive Meeting Format, and a link to Moving Beyond Icebreakers, where I learned this term.  The specific 6 part format they provide makes sense, but I modified it down to the four stages of Circle process, I know and love. Not everyone is…

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. …