A Restorative Circle RC is a community process designed to hold space for those in conflict. It brings together the three parties in a conflict — those who acted, those directly impacted, and the wider community — within an intentional systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants, and facilitated by a community member. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit and nurture the inherent integrity of all those involved in the conflict. Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages, and are designed to identify the key factors in the conflict, reach agreements on next steps, and evaluate the results. As Circles form, they invite shared power, mutual understanding, self-responsibility and effective action within the community.
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An Overview of Restorative Circles, with Dominic Barter
Dominic Barter and Edwin Rutsch Dominic Barter plays with dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. In the mids he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles , a community-based and -owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro. He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 25 countries. In recent years he has supervised the mediation program for the Police Pacification Units in Rio, served as invited professor at the Standing Group for Consensual Methods of Conflict Resolution, at the High Court of Rio, with a focus on school mediation and bullying, and focused on the development of restorative community. He has been active in the street movements and occupations in Rio in recent years.
Dominic Barter has studied the interface between societal and personal change, and the role of conflict, since the s. He has focused on developing effective models and training programs for practitioners to address youth crime and its consequences, as well as working with judges, school administrators, police, social services as well as youth and community leaders in supervising implementation. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit that nurtures the inherent integrity of all those involved in the conflict. As a circle form, they invite shared power, mutual understanding and self-responsibility within community. They commit to serving the emergent wisdom of the participants through their willingness to offer questions sourced from an agreed upon basis and to track the co-creation of meaning and intra-personal, inter-personal and social action by those present. Podcast: Play in new window Download Embed. Subscribe: Android RSS. Dominic Barter of Restorative Circles.
Interview with Restorative Circles pioneer Dominic Barter. The owners of Samarco and the Brazilian Government together set up the Renova Foundation to remediate and compensate the immense material, social and environmental harm caused by the dam collapse. In this interview, Dominic Barter tells how his work with Restorative Circles supports Renova in the aftermath of the Mariana disaster. Dominic is a world-renowned leader in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change.