Restorative Circles Co-Creator and Facilitator
Dominic Barter collaborates in promoting sustainable, inclusive, adaptable responses to community needs. This includes responses to justice, education, governance, collaborative community finance, relational cohesion and personal well being, and local self-determination. Based in Brazil, over the last 25 years he has worked with marginalised communities, organizations, local and national governments, the UN, and international agencies developing innovations that inspire change in 50 countries and in areas as diverse as drug gangs, corporations, prisons, hospitals, churches, social movements, universities, police departments, conscious communities, militia, civil conflict and its aftermath, schools, and public policy.
In the mid-90s 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 national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application around the world. Using the same principles he collaborated in developing the Financial Co-responsibility – or ‘money pile’ – model of transparent community sustainability, the Beta Space system of dialogical public education and the adoption of Empathic Support Systems as a parallel response in contexts of extreme challenge. A long time student and colleague of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Dominic founded the CNVBrasil network and served as Board President of the Center for Nonviolent Communication.