Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, Alternatives to Violence and
The Center for Nonviolent Communication
The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is a global organization whose vision is a world where all people are getting their needs met and resolving their conflicts peacefully. In this vision, people are using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to create and participate in networks of worldwide life-serving systems in economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping.
The dynamic facilitator establishes a “zone” of thinking and talking known as “choice-creating,” where shifts and breakthroughs are normal.
The Public Conversations Project (PCP)
The Public Conversations Project guides, trains, and inspires individuals, organizations, and communities to constructively address conflicts relating to values and worldviews. PCP helps people with fundamental disagreements over divisive issues develop the mutual understanding and trust essential for strong communities and positive action.
An association of community based groups and prison based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth and creative conflict management. The national organization provides support for the work of these local groups To empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust.
Restorative Justice Resources
Be sure to visit the local “wiki” at www.RJusticeSBC.pbwiki.com to learn A LOT more and to see what’s happening locally in Santa Barbara County.
Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking – University of Minnesota
And international resource center in support of restorative dialogue, practice, research and training.
Centre for Restorative Justice
Many links and information about restorative justice.
Office of Victim Services
The Restorative Justice and Mediation Collection
The Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
Fresno Pacific University
Restorative Justice Online
Restorative Justice Online is a service of the Prison Fellowship International Centre for Justice and Reconciliation. Its purpose is to be an authoritative, credible, non-partisan resource of information on restorative justice. The Restorative Justice Online editors have developed several features they hope will help users navigate the site.
International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)
International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is an emerging field of study that enables people to restore and build community in an increasingly disconnected world. http://www.iirp.org/whatisrp.php
In education (for more about restorative practices in schools go to http://www.safersanerschools.org), circles and groups provide opportunities for students to share their feelings, build relationships and problem-solve, and when there is wrongdoing, to play an active role in addressing the wrong and making things right (Riestenberg, 2002).
International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Article
In 2004 the Brazilian Ministry of Justice received a small UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) grant to launch the country’s first official restorative justice (RJ) pilot projects. Recognizing the unique social context of urban violence in Brazil, the projects brought together school administrators, judges, court workers, prison authorities, social service agencies and local community leaders to create a broad restorative response to the most challenging breakdowns in community safety.