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Learning from Conflict with Restorative Systems [Workshop]

May 18, 2021


2:00 PM

4:00 PM


May 18th | 2:00-4:00pm Eastern

Learning from Conflict with Restorative Systems

Join us for a 2-hour workshop to find out how to design a system that will support dialogue in your group, especially when tensions are high.

When conflict blossoms nearby, it often looks more like a bomb than a bloom. But with enough support we can get close enough to take the danger out of conflict, and even to see its hidden potential to bring about what we want most. Conflict points to unmet needs, in ourselves and in our communities. In restorative systems, we focus on meeting those needs, discovering where harm has been done, repairing what can be repaired, and rebuilding connection. The systems we design together are like homes within which conflict can live among us safely — and maybe even help us thrive.

Key outcomes of this workshop:

  • Identify a dialogical system and learn how to spot one in the wild
  • Know the three questions to ask as you design your own conflict system
  • Find out how your existing conflict system can work even better
  • Discover the five preconditions for a strong restorative system
  • Consider how to get the support you need to engage with conflict

Workshop Presenter

Alyson Ewald, Presenter

Alyson Ewald

Alyson works with individuals and groups to design systems and practices that facilitate learning, connection, creative conflict engagement, and collaborative decision making. She is the facilitator for the social dimension of the online Design for Sustainability course hosted by Gaia Education. She has received training and experience in English teaching, Permaculture, Alternatives to Violence, Nonviolent Communication, Consensus Facilitation, and Restorative Circles. She has also served as board member for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Scotland County Farmers’ Market, and FIC. She is an avid student of governance, conflict, and justice.

After receiving her BA in English from Bates College, Alyson lived and worked overseas for nine years. During that time, she taught English; coordinated exchange programs; led workshops on consensus, nonviolence, and facilitation; and founded and taught a leadership and skill-building program. In 2005, she co-founded Red Earth Farms, a community in northeast Missouri, where she continues to practice permaculture and social transformation.


Workshop — Learning from Conflict with Restorative Systems

Starting From $10.00

Date: May 18th

Time: 2-4pm EST (see your local time)

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What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!Terri Garcia

I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC workshops combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the workshops by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.Claire Ogden

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