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.
It’s reassuring to know that we can put aside politics and get along with each other simply as human beings. But it requires the right context to have a good conversation, which our election process does not provide.
How I long for the days of the good old NRA, when it was dedicated to making us safer, rather than endangering us.
I feel that my journey so far has been one long proof of the concept proposed by Ted Wachtel in his blog post, Revolution By Conversation: that We, The People can take back our peaceful, convivial way of life, but only if we are willing to do the difficult work of taking back our democracy through working toward True Representation. And that begins with having civil, respectful dialogue with each other.
“It started as a way of surviving, but then it became the most precious, human thing you can do at such moments,” she said. “We sat down…in a circle just to come back to ourselves, to try to find the words for what we were feeling and try to make sense of it.”
What if your workplace sparked, instead of stunted, creativity? What if you worked at an organization that intentionally developed leaders who structure collaboration, conversations, and connections to nurture creative solutions?
Restorative practices provide a simple framework to give people a voice in a noisy world, and agency at a time when global events happen faster and with more frequency than we have the time to keep up with. Restorative practices are indeed a social science that allow us to fully express and experience our humanity with dignity.