Our Services

Some Ways We Can Help

  • Understand your situation
  • Consult on possible options
  • Interview involved parties
  • Build communication skills 
  • Identify Core Values
  • Share Dynamic Governance tools
  • Co-create a Vision, Mission and Aim  
  • Develop a long-term Strategic Plan
  • Offer recommendations for sustainability
  • Present an overview of activity
  • Provide ongoing consultation and support
Mark and Cynthia

Tools in our Toolbox

Restorative Practices

In families, organizations, schools and other defined communities, conflict and “violent acts” affect many more people than those intimately involved in the specific incident.

The punitive systems with which we are most familiar focus primarily on just two people – the “perpetrator” and the “victim” immediately involved. “Right” and “wrong” and punishment are determined by a third party, who often has no personal involvement or interest in the group or individuals affected.

Restorative practices, by contrast, are structured to include all community members who have been affected by an incident where someone has experienced harm. All affected parties come together to consider what can create reparation. Each affected person is provided opportunity to share how life is for them because of what happened. Each person has opportunity to help create and participate in a plan that will repair the harm and restore relationships.

Nonviolent CommunicationSM (NVC)

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others. It offers us a simple reliable model for more gracefully navigating through differences and resolving conflicts. NVC combines empathy and honesty to create and maintain authentic, respectful and satisfying connection.

NVC is a method of internal and external communication which promotes connection, collaboration and cooperation rather than stress and alienation in the face of conflict and difference. Originally developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960's, NVC has been applied worldwide to successfully mediate disputes and strengthen relationships and organizations.

Through practice of NVC we are able to begin to create peace within ourselves that can support a more peaceful life.

Community Circle Facilitation and Training

A Community Circle is the gathering during which restoration has opportunity to occur. Inspired by the Restorative Circle work of CNVC Certified Trainer Dominic Barter, Community Circles offer a means for individuals and communities to support connection, discover meaning, and recover power when differences occur. They create a forum for reaching agreements that help sustain effective and nurturing relationships both personally, professionally and within society. Community Circles offer a means for communities to share the responsibility for restoration of community well-being.

Strategic Planning & Urban Design

  • Initial analysis of your situation
  • Consultation on possible direction
  • Interviews with involved parties
  • Identify present Core Values
  • Structure a long-term Vision
  • Develop a long-term physical and/or Strategic Plan
  • Offer recommendations for sustainability

Consent Circles (CC)

Consent Circles support extraordinarily empowered, efficient and effective decision-making, meetings and organizational functioning for any size group. CC fosters collaboration and cooperation through comprehensive and inclusive representation of all persons involved. The CC technique was founded on cybernetic and sociocratic principles, and first applied to business by Gerard Endenburg in the 1970's.

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