By Ted Wachtel
There are possibilities for a new reality. Unlike the chaotic exchange of tweets and press releases that leaves everyone feeling angry about public misdeeds, a restorative justice approach—whether formal or informal—provides a calmer, more thoughtful environment. The people who themselves were affected by the incident get to participate directly in the decision-making. A formal restorative justice conference brings together those who have caused harm, those they’ve harmed, and some of both parties’ family and friends. By meeting together, those directly affected gain a shared understanding of what happened and a voice in how to resolve the problem, rather than engaging in a public shouting match.