5th Annual RJ @MSU Symposium The Power of Circles and Storytelling – Featuring Kay Pranis

June 28, 2016

“[W]ithout stories, life becomes a book cover without the pages—nice to look at, but not very fulfilling.” – Richard Stone, the author of The Healing Art of Storytelling

When: June 28, 2016, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Michigan State University, Union Lake Superior Room

What: The value that circle processes bring to organizations, communities and individuals.

Registration: $25 for ALL students, $50 for ALL others.

Advance registrants will receive a copy of The Little Book of Circle Processes [Pranis, 2005].

Our featured speaker this year is Kay Pranis, an internationally renowned author, trainer, and consultant. Kay is a two-time alum of Northwestern University. Kay served as Director Minnesota Citizens Council Research Services for the Minnesota Citizens Council on Crime and Justice from 1988 to 1994. From 1994 to 2003, Kay served the Minnesota Department of Corrections as their Restorative Justice Planner. Since leaving Corrections, Kay has traveled the world as a self-employed trainer and facilitator for peacemaking circles in schools, workplace, neighborhoods and in the justice system. Kay describes her work as “creating spaces in which people can come together to discover their individual wisdom and the collective wisdom for moving forward toward the common good – especially in the face of great differences or painful circumstances.

3-Day Circle Keeper Training – with Kay Pranis

June 29, 30 and July 1 (all day)

Michigan State University, Union Lake Superior Room

This training will introduce participants to the peacemaking circle process and explore:

  • foundational values and philosophy of peacemaking circles
  • creating safe, respectful space for dialog
  • consensus decision making
  • structure of the circle process
  • facilitation of the circle process multiple applications of circle process in schools
  • relationship to school climate, social-emotional learning skills
  • the use of circles for conflict resolution
  • problems and challenges in circles

This training will explore the values and philosophy that provide the foundation of the peacemaking circle process, acknowledging its indigenous origins. It will also analyze the structure of the peacemaking circle process and describe a variety of types of circles. The training will provide examples of multiple uses of the process in schools. Participants will learn to design and conduct peacemaking circles for community building and conflict resolution. Both philosophy and practice will be addressed. The training will be conducted in the peacemaking circle format and will be highly interactive, using the life experience of all the participants as a teaching resource. Special attention will be given to the role of the facilitator and the key skills of circle facilitation for conflict or difficult

For more information email us at rj@msu.edu.

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