How the Aviation Industry Inspires Meaningful Accountability

Recently, an article entitled “Why You’ve Never Been in a Plane Crash” (by Kyra Dempsey) grabbed my attention in my daily inbox scan. While I was first drawn in by my own personal curiosity (“and I never will be in a plane crash, right???”), I devoured the entire article because of how the article connected […]

Working Toward Reconciliation with a Spiritual Community in Crisis

Every restorative justice project is more than a project: it’s a new conversation, a new puzzle to piece together, a new invitation for reflection and growth, together with those we walk alongside. We are always impacted by the work we do and those we engage with, but sometimes the work stretches us in unexpected ways. […]

Rituals for Letting Go in Consulting Work

In RJ we do relational work – how do we as consultants honour “moving on” from our clients?  I am contending lately with an obvious but sometimes unacknowledged fact: my work is more than just a transaction. Even though relationship is at the very heart of restorative justice work, contract work by nature has created […]

New Webinar on RJ and HR

Dignity, belonging and repair: three core principles for restorative approaches in human resource management. Find out more in this recent Zehr Institute webinar by Michelle Jacket and Matthew Hartman of Just Outcomes. And if you’re still curious about a restorative approach in organizations, come join us for our next scheduled Restorative, Equitable and Accountable Leadership […]

Building Restorative Workplaces: Lessons from Our Work

Building on Just Outcomes’ 10 years journeying with workplaces of all kinds, I’ve been engaged this year in focused research on the intersection of HR and restorative justice. I’ve been asking: What do the principles and practices of restorative justice have to offer the most pressing challenges workplaces are facing today? What makes it worth […]

How to Pick Sides in a War

“Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity. It is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice. It is about a revolution of love that is big […]

Restorative Leadership for a New Paradigm: Reflections from the Field

What does it look like for leaders to embody the work of restorative justice, in an effort to affect change within systems? How do we ensure that “how” we show up to create change is aligned with ‘what’ we are trying to shift? Can we generate buy-in, inspire action, and transform organizational culture by modeling […]

The Promise and Perils of Standards: Spotlight on our 2018 Webinar

How can restorative justice services be reliably safe and accountable to our own principles? While for some, creating “standards” in restorative justice seems like an effective path forward to ensuring good practice, concepts of “standards” and “standardization” are tricky! These terms bring up important issues of hierarchy, power, privilege, and worldview. Who sets the standards, […]

Why Leaning into Vulnerability can Foster Growth and Deepen Impact

Restorative justice (RJ) folks talk a lot about shame and vulnerability. Along with making us popular at parties (not), we’re believers in what a growing pool of research is pointing to. Vulnerability has the transformative power to unlock resilience and growth amidst failure and shame. I can personally attest to this. In fact, I can […]

Crime Victims’ Experiences of Restorative Justice: A Listening Project

Three years ago, Just Outcomes traveled across Canada to listen to victims’ and survivors’ experiences with restorative justice. These included the voices of those suffering from property crime to the impact of homicide, from grieving family members to Indigenous youth. This project was funded through the Department of Justice, Canada—Centre for Policy on Victims Issues. […]