Other approaches to conflict and possessions generate sharing, safety and growth. Mediation Support Limited supports the development of www.freelender.org and other initiatives building trust and resilient communities.
Having spent many key years in higher education I have an imclination/specialism towards understanding and criticizing. 9 or 10 of my 13-14 years in university (studying or employed) were when I was aged 25-35
At 35 I moved into 5 years working for a national charity. Since then, aged 40 I've had some official employment in a range of locations from another charity office to a prison to door-knocking as a charity fundraiser. Simultaneously in these years since I turned 40 I've worked just as much within the context of building companies which innovate in the fields of conflict and sharing.
For background information, click the picture above to see a minute-long interview from "The Moral of the Story". On this ITV1 programme, Paul explained how ApologyPlus (-more than sorry) and Mediation Services (e.g.123 telephone mediation) can produce transformation for 'victim' and 'offender'.
The Restorative Justice Consortium; (NB. I am a trustee of this UK Charity; taking a sabbatical from September 2010-2011)
The Centre for Nonviolent Communication;
Paul intends to convert Mediation Support Ltd to a Community Interest Company within the next year, and would like to hear from you if you want Mediation Support to grow.
Since 2001 (including 5 years as Head of Restorative Justice at the national charity for mediation services, Mediation UK) Paul's work has included providing training, conferences and support to mediation services and restorative practitioners. His previous work was as a criminologist and a volunteer neighbour mediator. Paul has trained in workplace mediation and specialised as a co-ordinator of prison based restorative justice projects.
Since 2007 Paul has been in regular communication with the restorative practioner by whom he is most inspired - Dominic Barter. Dominic works both in Brazil and as an international restorative justice consultant.
Some Web-based information about Dominic's Work:
- The art of sharing power and responsibility to create community
- October 2008 Keynote speaker presentation at the International Institute for Restorative Practices 11th World Conference.
Dominic being interviewed in detail on the nature of empathy (2009) Video 2; Video 3.
Dominic's description of restorative processes is as follows:
" We're talking about community processes based on circle-practices in which those involved in a conflict and members of their respective communities meet as equals with an explicit intention to:
- Repair harm that has been caused
- Restore a sense of dignity, security and justice.
- And reintegrate all into peaceful co-existence.
And to do that through a process of guided dialogue which empowers, heals, and connects, so that action is facilitated, both at an individual and a collective level, for mutual benefit."
The Complexity of Conflict from Restorative Circles on Vimeo.
(More articles about Dominic's work:
The main website about restorative circles in Dominic's main website is www.restorativecicles.org)
Paul writes, "Both Dominic and the NVC-UK Network have greatly advanced my learning about restorative processes involving substitutes. A substitute who has trained in being able to hear what's important to you and express their authentic needs can provide a process that deepens understanding. This creates opportunities to find ways to get the needs met that, whilst unmet, are causing you pain. Distance deepens conflict and meeting a substitute might be a step towards meeting the actual person(s) with whom there is a conflict. Seeing how restorative processes do not require the engagement of the other enlarges the potential of these processes greatly."
40 cases: Restorative Justice & Victim-Offender Mediation (Project founder & co-edited with Marian Liebmann), Mediation UK, 2003
+ Guardian on Line interview: -Noise, Hedges and other boundary disputes (2007)
Paid employment and voluntary work
Freelending CIC (Company Number 6749438) (Founded November 2008)
Founding Director (alongside Edmund Johnson) & Project Manager working on:
freelender.org - community wealth sharing
Mediation Support Ltd (Company Number 5959249)
Founding director & C.E.O.
- Trustee of the Restorative Justice Consortium (elected to RJC Board in 2008, and taking a sabbatical from September 2010-2011)
- Co-ordinator of the (prototype) mediation service - 123 Telephone Mediation
Bristol Mediation -New Approaches to Conflict Resolution Ltd (Charity No 1000641)
Restorative Justice (RJ) Co-ordinator, H.M.P. Bristol
September 2007- June 2008 (18hrs/wk)
Head of Restorative Justice
(formerly Restorative Justice Co-ordinator)
September 2001-June 2006
Ealing Mediation Service
March 2005- August 2007
University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology
(Faculty of Law)
(formerly Research Assistant)
Cambridge Mediation Service Volunteer Mediator
(& Trustee in 2001)
University of Cambridge Postgraduate Student:
M.Phil, Criminology (Scholarship)
University of Lancaster
Course Organiser & Research Assistant
University of Lancaster
Undergraduate Student: B.A. Social Policy & Administration (First Class Honours)
A selection of the trainings I organised, co-ordinated with trainers & participated in:
Marshall Rosenberg, Getting to the Heart in Resolving Conflict, 21st May 2006
(Marshall Rosenberg 2009 video)
Community Mediation & Anti-Social Behaviour, 2004, Manchester
Victim-centred Restorative Justice, (2 days, Mediation UK, 2005), Birmingham
Victim-Offender Mediation Skills training (each a 3 day course) 2002, 2003 (Southend), 2004 (Aston)
2001 Mediation UK Victim-Offender mediation skills training, Blackpool (5 days)
Training (solely as participant):
Making the Business Case for Mediation, 2006, London
Developing a Fundraising Strategy & Writing Funding Applications, 2005-2006 3 days, Bristol Voluntary Sector support, VOSCUR)
Workplace Mediation (6 days, Conflict Management Plus), 2005-2006, Ealing
(This training was of a particularly high standard, delivered by a trainer and mediator of rare quality, Steve Hindmarsh)
2002-2009 Nonviolent Communication Foundation Course, & subsequent courses (approx 40 days training with NVC-UK Network Trainers / Marshall Rosenberg)
2001 Victim Support volunteer training course, Cambridge (approx. 4 days)
1999 Advanced Mediation training day (SEAMS), Suffolk
1997 Cambridge & District Community Mediation Service training for new mediators (approx. 5 days)
Recommended sites to save in your favourites:
Telephone Paul on Zero-78-Zero 70 66 202
Videos about building-trust in communities through freelending, freecycling, peer-to-peer renting etc: