From Restorative Communities, to Restorative Cities to Restorative States

“My approach to building “restorative communities” is centred on the belief that global change occurs at the local level.”
(Lee Rush, speaker from the US)

Can you imagine an office for victims that is accessible to the community citizens? An office that will provide for direct services such as “counselling, financial assistance timely and other supplemental resources needed to overcome trauma”? Lamika Wilson, our speaker from the US is working towards actualising this vision.

Doesn’t this sound like an initiative that every restorative city can benefit from? Even though Lamika thinks here about Albany New York, perhaps there will soon be no bounds to the establishment of such offices. Her goal is to “advocate for our most vulnerable population and high priority citizens”. With that, she pays special attention to those people who have historically been left behind – but not in our restorative cities, of course! Check out her talk if you want to hear more about concrete plans.

Speaking of concrete plans… you also shouldn’t miss our next American speaker on the topic of restorative cities, Dr Sandra Pavelka (US). Sandra will share her research in which she found “a majority of states in the US have incorporated restorative justice in statute or code that include general provisions and intent, practices, funding and evaluation.”

Looks like the legislative effects of the restorative cities-movement are already kicking in, and not only in Europe but also in the US! Sandra’s presentation will examine the state of Colorado as a ‘model state’, which notably implements systemic reform by integrating restorative justice principles and practices in law and policy.

If you’re seeking for more hands-on advice and some practical methodology to support the transition to restorative cities, make sure to catch Lee Rush, our expert from America. His presentation will equip us with a better understanding of how to create “economies of compassion”. The methodology required to achieve this kind of – friendly, and very pleasantly sounding – economies, is called “A Small Group” methodology. If you’re curious to learn more, say hi on his Website justCommunityLee is in the role of Executive Director!

Author: Katharina Kurz

Katharina Kurz is a postgraduate Anthropology and Philosophy student from Austria. She recently obtained her degree at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her main area of research is the field of Restorative Practice/Restorative Justice. She has been organising and contributing to conferences such as the EU-wide conference series “RJ: Strategies for Change". Most recently, she became part of the nation-wide program “Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities” (EDTL) in the role of Maynooth University Associate.