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Who knew you could gain staff and lose ground, two crucial time management tips!

from Kris Miner's entry on Restorative Justice and Circles:

I’ve had more staff around me in the last 3 months, than the last 3 years!  I worked solo (with the help of MANY great volunteers) or had one other person employed at SCVRJP.  The last few months have included 2 staff and an intern.  Great dedicated helpful people.

Yet I feel like I have lost my footing, the ground under me has slid away.  I’m disorganized, missing appointments, finishing tasks just under the wire.  WHAT?  From the woman who was running the entire show!?  It’s not like I haven’t delegated, believe me I’ve delegated.  One of my coworkers pointed out she can’t complete certain project, because of the assignments I add-on each day.

Realize that despite your skills, connections, talents and abilities, if you fail at managing your tasks or your time, you can fail in general.

May 18, 2010 , ,

The fun in social justice

from Isabella Mori's entry on change therapy:

once again, northern voice, vancouver’s annual blogging and social media conference, was a lot of fun. two inspiring sessions were about making a difference in the world: one about doing good by darren barefoot, and another about social media and social justice by ajay masala puri and jeremy osborn. the one about social justice, which took place outside in the grass on a beautiful sunny afternoon, challenged all participants to commit to doing one thing towards social justice. i was thinking about a possible commitment it occurred to me that while i do dedicate a good of amount of my time and some of my money to social justice, there are moments when the term seems a bit heavy, maybe a little too serious. that’s how i came up with the commitment of looking at the fun side of social justice. fun is important for me; fun sustains me. it makes sense, then, to invest something in the fun side of this – it’ll keep my interest in social justice going! so here are a few thoughts on the fun part of social justice.

May 17, 2010 , ,

Restorative Practices in Hungary — Transforming Schools and Prisons

From the Restorative E-Forum article by Laura Mirsky:

In April 2010 Vidia Negrea, director of Community Service Foundation (CSF) Hungary, provided an introductory training in facilitating restorative conferences for four different youth group homes in Budapest. This is just the latest development in her work spreading restorative practices in Hungary, which also includes major efforts in schools and prisons.

Psychologist Negrea came to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, in 2000 to learn about restorative practices and has never looked back. 

Her recent work has been supported by the Ministry of Justice Hungary and the city of Budapest, including a project to reduce aggressive behavior in children and youth, which is bringing restorative practices to six big-city high schools.

At first some of the leaders in these high schools weren’t open to the idea of restorative practices. The success of the practices in the wake of one particular incident changed their minds.

May 17, 2010 , , , ,

Restorative Justice and Campus Conduct Administration

In March, Eastern Mennonite University hosted a symposium exploring the use of restorative practices in college campus conduct administration. These short YouTube videos feature two of the participants describing their experiences with using restorative practices to respond to student misconduct.

Josh Bacon, the director of Judicial Affairs at James Madison University in Virginia, describes how implementing restorative practices rejuvenated his career.It gives him the opportunity to interact with students and community members.

May 14, 2010 , , , , ,

Blogging the Non-Adversarial Justice Conference

from the entry by Michael King on Cutting Edge Law:

It is finally here – the first day of the sessions of the Non-Adversarial Justice: Implications for the Legal System and Society conference in Melbourne, Australia. After well over a year of work and planning for the conference we will see how it all turns out. It is exciting – seeing old friends from around the world, meeting new ones.

....Below I give some thoughts and highlights from the first day of the conference. I cannot hope to be comprehensive. Some of the papers will be published by Monash University Law Review next year and will thereby be more easily accessible.

May 13, 2010 , ,

Local program helps youth offenders repair harm done in communities

from Alex Holmquist's article in

The Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership offers first-time youth offenders an alternative to going to court through participation in a restorative conference.

The program accepts youth ages 10 or older who live or commit a crime in the 55406 zip code. Their typical crimes include trespassing, graffiti, shoplifting and fifth-degree assaults.

May 13, 2010 , , , ,

Community justice alternative to sit-lie proposed

from the article on SF Appeal:

A San Francisco supervisor today introduced alternative legislation to a proposed, controversial sit-lie ordinance that would be based on a community justice solutions and not simply police enforcement.

Board president David Chiu said the ordinance he's proposing would be "a neighborhood-based community justice model" that could serve as an alternative or complement to legislation offered by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom's ordinance, supported by Police Chief George Gascon, would make it unlawful to sit or lie on a public sidewalk between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

May 12, 2010 , ,

Religion, conflict & peacebuilding: An introductory programming guide

from the introduction to the toolkit by USAID:

Connecting religion and violent conflict is easy to do. Many of the world’s violent outbreaks, both present and past, are couched in religious terms, ranging from the 1st century Jewish-Roman War, to the 11th century Crusades, to 17th century Thirty Years War to the 20th century Irish civil war to contemporary conflicts in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Iraq, and Israel/West Bank/Gaza.

Connecting religion and peacebuilding is equally easy to do. Human history includes many examples where the religiously motivated acted in extraordinary ways to bridge divides, promote reconciliation, or advocate peaceful coexistence. It thus becomes clear that understanding the dynamics of conflict—both the sources of discord and the forces of resilience—requires an understanding of the connections between conflict, religion and peacebuilding. And yet sensitivities and uncertainties surrounding the mere mention of religion frequently stand in the way of that understanding.

May 12, 2010 , ,

Just care: Restorative justice approaches to working with children in public care.

by Martin Wright

More and more schools are turning to restorative methods,` often helped by Belinda Hopkins’s previous book Just schools.  Now she has applied the same principles to meeting the needs of the troubled and troublesome children who are looked after in state institutions.  The ethos is similar, and the approach is spelt out clearly for those who do not have previous knowledge of it, with numerous diagrams and a good index.  The examples are chosen to reflect the needs of the staff in children’s homes;  others such as youth workers and foster parents could also find this book helpful. 

May 11, 2010 , , ,

On the efficacy of victim-offender-mediation in cases of partnership violence in Austria, or: Men don’t get better, but women get stronger: Is it still true? Outcomes of an empirical study

from the study by Christa Pelikan:

Put in a nutshell, the core finding of this study reads thus: The efficacy of VOM in cases partnership violence is to a large part due to the empowerment of the women victims, but partly, albeit to a smaller percentage, also due to an inner change, to insight and following from that a change of behaviour on the side of the male perpetrators. These achievements cannot be understood except as part of a comprehensive societal change – a change of collective mentalities, or in other words: change of expectations1 regarding the use of violence in intimate partnerships.

May 11, 2010 , , ,

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