Restorative Justice and Community Healing
Joe Cole 2024

In this interactive workshop, we will explore how Restorative Justice values and processes can support groups and communities in building trust, strengthening relationships, addressing conflict, and healing harm. We will also examine how the intersection of Restorative Justice and Intentional Community can address historical harms and systemic injustices like racism and other forms of oppression. 

Joe Cole

University. Joe graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duke University. His research and teaching interests include ecovillages and intentional communities, restorative practicesthe morality of war, pacifism and nonviolent social change, consensus governance, conflict transformation, racial equity and social justice, and peacebuilding and sustainable community development. Joe is a facilitator who supports communities in developing cooperative skills, nonviolent communication, collaborative governance, and conflict transformation. He is a speaker, trainer, and consultant working with ecovillages, non-profit organizations, and intentional communities in North Carolina and around the country.  “Skill Building for a Culture of Collaboration,” Communities magazine #181; “Ecovillages, Sustainability, and Social and Environmental Healing,” in Rinker & Lawler (Eds.), Realizing Nonviolent Resilience (Peter Lang, 2020); “Photography, Healing, and Justice in Appalachia,” in the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis, (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2021); and “What’s in a Name? Connecting Sustainable Community and Racial Justice,” in Ruiz (Ed.), Comunidades Intencionales: Utopias Concretas en la Historia, (Autonomous University of Madrid, 2023).

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