The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking

The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking

by Kay Pranis, Kay Franis
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The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking

          Our ancestors gathered around a fire in a circle, families gather around their kitchen tables in circles, and now we are gathering in circles as communities to solve problems. The practice draws on the ancient Native American tradition of a talking piece.           Peacemaking Circles are used in neighborhoods to provide support for those harmed by crime and to decide sentences for those who commit crime, in schools to create positive classroom climates and resolve behavior problems, in the workplace to deal with conflict, and in social services to develop more organic support systems for people struggling to get their lives together.           A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561484614
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding
Edition description: Original
Pages: 76
Sales rank: 245,231
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kay Pranis is a trainer and writer on Peacemaking Circles and restorative justice. She served as the Restorative Justice Planner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections from 1994 to 2003.

Since 1998, Kay has conducted Circle trainings in a diverse range of communities—from schools to prisons to workplaces to churches, and from rural towns in Minnesota to Chicago’s South Side to Montgomery, Alabama.

She has written numerous articles on restorative justice and co-wrote Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community.

Kay’s intention in her work is to create spaces in which people can be in more loving connection with each other. Kay’s experience as a parent and a community activist form the foundation of her vision for peacemaking and community-building.

Table of Contents

Old things made new3
About this book7
Historical context7
An overview of Circles8
2Circles in Practice11
How does a Peacemaking Circle work?11
Types of Peacemaking Circles14
Applications of Peacemaking Circles17
3A Circle Story-Finding a Way to Move Forward After a Worker Strike19
4Foundations of Circles24
Ancient teachings25
Circle Process as practiced in faith-based communities30
5A Circle Story-Finding Understanding in the Classroom31
6Key Elements of Circles33
Structural elements of circles33
The importance of storytelling39
Focusing on relationships41
Stages of Circle Processes44
7A Circle Story-Finding Healing from a Violent Crime47
8Organizing a Talking Circle49
Stage 1Suitability50
Stage 2Preparation51
Stage 3Convening52
Stage 4Follow-up54
9A Circle Story-Finding Respect Across Generations56
10Circles in Perspective59
Community-building impact59
How is a Circle different from other similar processes?60
11A Circle Story-Finding Connection Within Family65
Appendix 1The Circle Process in Schools71
Suggested Reading75
About the Author76

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The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in a 'crib-notes' format. Essential information there with plenty to stir your imagination towards practical applications.