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A Conversation with Dominic Barter
October 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) and co-host Restorative Justice on The Rise are pleased to present a community conversation with Dominic Barter (Via Skype from Brasil), in honor of Chaffee County Commissioner’s official proclamation for October as Conflict Resolution Month:
“Chaffee County’s collaboration with and support of Full Circle Restorative Justice establishes the precedent of serving Victims and Youth involved in the criminal justice system with a positive approach to repairing harm and relationships within the community”
When: Wednesday, October 18th
Time: 5:30pm-7pm MST
Where: Chaffee County Commissioner’s Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Old County Courthouse
Who: Open to the public, Please call 719-530-5597 or EMAIL YOUR RSVP PLEASE
Cost: None, but donations encouraged to support FCRJ and Restorative Circles (Dominic’s work)
Conversation mode and topics:
Dominic will join us via Skype on the large screen. He and host Molly Leach will begin with a brief overview of the historical context of his international work, then go into details around the language of restorative justice, empathic responses and facilitation as a whole, and what he has observed over the past twenty years in regards to social and systemic change. We will leave ample time for community involvement/question and answer time!
BIO: DOMINIC BARTER
Dominic Barter plays with dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. An internationally recognised pioneer in restorative responses to conflict, he has spent over 20 years in the field, developing social technologies and systems that sustain empathy. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community based and owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro.
He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice’s award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 40 countries, working with communities, courts, civil conflict, education, activists and government. In 2016 the work was recognised by a National Council of Justice Resolution defining the roll out of RJ in courts at the federal level.
In recent years he has supervised the mediation program for the Police Pacification Units in Rio, served as invited professor at the Standing Group for Consensual Methods of Conflict Resolution, at the High Court of Rio, with a focus on school mediation and bullying, and focused on the development of restorative community. Dominic also directed the Dialogue Restoration project for the State Education Department of Rio de Janeiro, initiated restorative systems in Rio’s notorious youth detention centers and founded a new high school based on relational intelligence.
In 2015 he gave the opening keynote address at the 5th National Conference on Restorative and Community Justice, in Florida.
More on Restorative Circles and Dominic’s work at www.restorativecircles.org
Here is a short video of Dominic speaking about restorative justice and community ownership of conflict: