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Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach To Peacemaking

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Circle processes offer a way of bringing people together to understand one another, strengthen bonds, and solve community problems—a necessity in an era of division, polarized politics, and angry debate.

Our ancestors gathered around a fire in a circle, families gather around their kitchen tables in circles, and now we are gathering in circles as communities to solve proble
Paperback, 76 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Good Books
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely primer to peace circles and restorative justice. Definitely has very specific contexts with its examples and narratives, but is still able to pull out the lessons, values, techniques, and methods of circle groups for various other applications. This was an assigned reading for a transformative justice class that is taught in a peace circle, and so far it seems very relavent to the class works. Generally great for counselors, therapists, youth workers, social workers, community organizer ...more
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Brandon White
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely concise and avoids the over-intellectualization and over-theorizing of social and educational practices. This book would empower any adult/young adult in their desire/ability to be a circle keeper. If more books where written like this, a lot of us, scholar and non-scholar, would be able to learn quicker and DO more effectively.
Tibby (she/her)
I picked this up to re-read in hopes that it might have some tips and tricks for a course I'm currently facilitating. With the pandemic in full swing, we have changed our course to run over Zoom and it just does not offer the same level of intimacy we want and need. Nor do I expect it to, but it would be nice if we could incorporate a few techniques from these deeply connected circle processes to help bridge some of the gap.

It's a short read, especially since about half of the chapters are anecd
Molly Montgomery
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good introduction to peacemaking circles. I appreciated the rationales given for each element of circles. They can be very deliberately set up to create opportunities for community and problem solving. I wish this was more in-depth, but when accompanied by a in-person training this guide is helpful.
James Clements
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good start to looking at social change.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conflict resolution with circle.

A must read for people who are interested in being in circle and learning more about creating community. Kay Pranis uses her experience to benefit families and communities with opportunities to bring people together.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent introduction to circle process, it's native roots, reclamation as a "restorative justice" tool in Western criminal justice systems, and overview of current and prospective uses of circles as tools for peacemaking and community building. I worked in restorative justice, and Kay Pranis was one of our key trainers. ...more
Rui Da silva pinto
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book. The little book series is amazing, it introduces your to the topic and provides you with a quick review of how different approaches have been used. The best thing is you can read it in less than a two hours, and if you feel like diving into the topic the suggested references enables you to do that.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Quick, concise, and easy to understand. If you plan on facilitating a circle process, you'll want more than this. But to get the feel for whether it's right for your program, this is a great place to start! ...more
Paul Burkhart
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great intro to the topic. Incredibly practical and easy to understand. Very quick read.
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