Restorative Circles Conversation

With Dominic Barter and the Earthaven team

June 30, 2 – 4:30 Eastern Time

Online

Restorative Circles is an approach to promoting social cohesion through dialogue in contexts of disagreement, painful conflict, and violence. Developed in the favela shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1990s, it is now present in over 50 countries.

As a systemic response, Restorative Circles supports communities, organizations, and governance to design and refine their own justice practices for supporting relational wellbeing. This has helped groups find their way from the punitive, colonial systems we’ve inherited and may be reproducing unconsciously towards responses grounded in local intelligence.

For some years, folks at Earthaven Ecovillage have been exploring what such processes might look like in the context of their community. And, as part of that process and in the spirit of mutual learning and cross-pollination, have hosted a Restorative Circles Conference on the subject.

For 2021, we invite you to an online conversation in which Dominic Barter and the Earthaven team can share some of what we’ve learned over the last 25 years and look forward to meeting in the future.

As with all such events on this work, we will use a Financial Co-responsibility practice to ensure that all can participate, while also collaborating to raise proceeds to cover the costs involved and sustain the work in Brazil and around the world.

Join us for this rich conversation on June 30th!

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About Restorative Circles

Restorative Circles is a dialogical approach to promoting social cohesion in contexts of disagreement, painful conflict and violence. Developed in the favela shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1990s it is now present in over 50 countries. 

As a systemic response Restorative Circles supports communities, organizations and governance to design and refine their own practices for supporting relational wellbeing through healing, transformative action.

Commonly such practices bring together the three parties to a conflict – those who have acted, those directly impacted and the wider community – within an agreed systemic context, to dialogue as individuals. Often participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. Generally a dialogue process is used, shared openly with all participants, and guided by community members towards actions that bring both mutual benefit and a diminished chance of reoccurrence.

As circle forms, these practices tend to invite shared power, mutual understanding, self-responsibility and agreed actions that repair harm, restore relationship and reintegrate community. Developing and maintaining the systemic container for such practices tends to involve the wider community in an increased sense of self-determination and social power.

We plan to host a Restorative Circles Conference at Earthaven in the summer of 2020.

Community connection

Financial Co-responsibility

We are experimenting with using the financial co-responsibility model for this online gathering. Participants will decide what to contribute based on their economic means and support of the work. You can contribute during registration and/or during or after the gathering. For reference, SOIL would normally charge $35 for an event like this.

Register

We are experimenting with using financial co-responsibility for this online gathering. You may make some or all of your contribution before the gathering and/or pay during or after the gathering. SOIL would normally charge $35 for this event. Contributing more supports the work and makes the program more affordable for others.
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About the Facilitator

Dominic Barter

Dominic Barter

Restorative Circles Co-Creator and Facilitator

Dominic Barter collaborates in promoting sustainable, inclusive, adaptable responses to community needs, including responses to justice, education, governance, collaborative community finance, relational cohesion and personal well being, and local self-determination. 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.