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10 ways to live restoratively

Dec 04, 2009

from Howard Zehr's article on Restorative Justice Blog:

1.    Take relationships seriously, envisioning yourself in an interconnected web of people, institutions and the environment.

2.    Try to be aware of the impact - potential as well as actual - of your actions on others and the environment.

3.    When your actions negatively impact others, take responsibility by acknowledging and seeking to repair the harm - even when you could probably get away with avoiding or denying it.  (To craft a letter of apology, see the Apology Letter website developed by Loreen Walker and Ben Furman.)

4.    Treat everyone respectfully, even those you don’t expect to encounter again, even those you feel don’t deserve it, even those who have harmed or offended you or others.

5.    Involve those affected by a decision, as much as possible, in the decision-making process.

6.    View the conflicts and harms in your life as opportunities.

7.    Listen, deeply and compassionately, to others, seeking to understand even if you don’t agree with them. (Think about who you want to be in the latter situation rather than just being right.)

8.    Engage in dialogue with others, even when what is being said is difficult, remaining open to learning from them and the encounter.

9.    Be cautious about imposing your “truths” and views on other people and situations.

10.  Sensitively confront everyday injustices including sexism, racism and classism.

Read the whole blog entry (Howard asks for comments).

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Simon Mannie
Simon Mannie says:
Mar 01, 2011 11:05 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen, <br /> <br />The Prison Fellowship Solomon Islands through the Sycamore Tree Project is currently working on a program to effect a national reconciliation among former warring factions and the nation of Solomon Islands to put away elements of hostilities that may have lingered on from the ethnic tension of the 2000. The tentative date is 12th June 2011. <br />Based on your very broad experience, what would be the best theme for such.

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