Circles for Peacemaking You have probably heard of at least some of the elements that go into peacemaking circles and perhaps you have used some of them in discussion groups or decision-making exercises. The elements - a talking piece, a facilitator or keeper, guidelines that all agree on, and consensus decision-making - are simple; used together they create a powerful and effective way to make decisions, do restorative justice, and build community. Circles can be used for purposes such as community-building, healing, decision-making, transforming conflict, celebration, and more. In some communities, courts will participate in restorative justice circle processes to decide on sentencing for certain types of crimes. Some schools use circles to handle school discipline. Circles have been effective in working with rival gangs to reduce violence. The circle process draws directly from the traditions of indigenous people who use a Talking Circle to discuss communit
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