Radical Efficiency = Saving Public Money eg Restorative Justice

I've worked in restorative justice, and more specifically victim-offender mediation, since the 20th Century, as evidenced on the CV parts of this blog. I've worked in many different roles within a movement that seeks:
  • to get harms repaired 
  • to get this done with respect
  • to learn from each other's suffering
  • to leave people empowered to lead law-abiding lives.

    What we surely all want from Restorative Justice in the wake of a crime is for action to be taken; actions that work for victims, offenders, communities and the criminal justice system. Actions that generate a healthier future for us all, having 'sucked the marrow' out of the conflicts and pains we've been through.

    A justice system that respects all, restores dignity, heals social rifts and can easily win public confidence is 'The Holy Grail'. 

    In relation to this holy grail, I no know one better than Dominic Barter to talk to; the guy who is (to me) the most inspiring restorative practioner in the world, Dom's work has been summarised in the report entitled 'Radical Efficiency',p42-45, 2010,NESTA -London.
    (NB NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts ).

    Please note that NESTA has funded the first stages of setting up the 'Safeground team' in which I work. Safeground -and Restorative Technology Ltd- has produced software (under wraps) for a facilitated web communication tool for restorative justice.
    NESTA has also chosen Safeground as one of their 10 case studies of digital disruption:
    All 10 Case studies and some valuable introduction about Digital Disruption is at:

    Further updates will follow in relation to:
    • Safeground1 (facilitated by a number of youth offending teams) 
    • Safeground2 (restorative approaches for the wider general population).

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