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.
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 new||3|
|About this book||7|
|An overview of Circles||8|
|2||Circles in Practice||11|
|How does a Peacemaking Circle work?||11|
|Types of Peacemaking Circles||14|
|Applications of Peacemaking Circles||17|
|3||A Circle Story-Finding a Way to Move Forward After a Worker Strike||19|
|4||Foundations of Circles||24|
|Circle Process as practiced in faith-based communities||30|
|5||A Circle Story-Finding Understanding in the Classroom||31|
|6||Key Elements of Circles||33|
|Structural elements of circles||33|
|The importance of storytelling||39|
|Focusing on relationships||41|
|Stages of Circle Processes||44|
|7||A Circle Story-Finding Healing from a Violent Crime||47|
|8||Organizing a Talking Circle||49|
|9||A Circle Story-Finding Respect Across Generations||56|
|10||Circles in Perspective||59|
|How is a Circle different from other similar processes?||60|
|11||A Circle Story-Finding Connection Within Family||65|
|Appendix 1||The Circle Process in Schools||71|
|About the Author||76|
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Written in a 'crib-notes' format. Essential information there with plenty to stir your imagination towards practical applications.