Nelson Mandela's adage, "I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends," captures the profoundly inclusive nature of restorative justice (RJ). The hallmark of RJ is intentionally bringing together people with seemingly diametrically opposed viewpoints -- particularly people who have harmed with people who have been harmed -- in a carefully prepared face-to-face encounter where everyone listens and speaks with respect and from the heart no matter their differences. Read more about it here.
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
A touching and hope-filled story about Oakland's attempt to use restorative justice in its schools.
5,500 dogs; that's the estimated number of shelter dogs killed every day in the U.S. About one every 15-16 seconds. But one artist is hoping to change those statistics by cultivating a new generation built on compassion. Artist Mark Barone used to spend his time revitalizing cities ravished by blight. Now he has given up everything to paint 5,500 portraits of euthanized dogs in order to memorialize their life, illustrate the enormity of the loss each day, and to halt the practice by building compassion.
Timmy Tyrell celebrated his 10th birthday today, and he's not counting how many gifts he received for himself but counting the money he's raised for families dealing with pediatric cancer -- over a quarter million dollars since he was six years old.
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
"It was just in her soul," said Jenny Hubbard, describing her late daughter's love of animals. "She didn't care if it was fuzzy or slimy." Six-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard was sadly one of 20 first-graders killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Before she died, young Catherine worked tirelessly towards her dream - a dream of one day opening her own animal refuge. At first, she raised money collecting recyclable bottles - enough to buy treats for dogs at the animal shelter. But not now, thanks to the loving-kindness of strangers and friends, that dream is soon to become a reality.